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2018

PhD Studentship: How are digital platform innovations reconfiguring urban mobility systems?
4 February 2019
SCI’s Mike Hodson and Andy McMeekin have recently been awarded an AMBS PhD Studentship that addresses the question: how are digital platform innovations reconfiguring urban mobility systems?

Event: Exploring Lost Property
12 November 2018
An exciting event exploring the everyday objects we love and lose.

France bans meat names
15 May 2018
France recently banned meat alternatives like ‘soya sausages’ from being labelled like a traditional animal product.

Can a city ever be truly ‘carbon neutral’?
18 April 2018
Greater Manchester was initially aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050, but Mayor Andy Burnham has suggested this should be brought forward by at least a decade.

Greater Manchester’s Green Charter: The Responsibility of Whom?
16 April 2018
In wake of Andy Burnham’s Green Summit, Julia Kasmire’s blog considers whether Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) will assume responsibility for the environmental problem.

Frank Geels selected as Lead Author by the IPCC for its 6th Assessment Report
11 April 2018
The SCI’s Professor Frank Geels has been selected as a Lead Author of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC*).

On the ‘Meat Edge’? Meat Consumption and Reduction in Middle Class Urban China
6 March 2018
In our latest blog, Alison Browne, Josephine Mylan and Zhu Di suggest there is a need to re-think the dominant view on changing consumption, drawing on a study of meat eating in urban China.

New SCI video from workshop 'Addressing the Meat Problem'
11 January 2018
A short film of the SCI hosted ESRC Festival of Social Sciences event.

Environmental feminists taking up space at COP
10 January 2018
In our latest blog, SCI PhD researcher Joanna Wilson reports back from COP23, suggesting that the voices of environmental feminists remain sidelined, despite the conference being branded as ‘inclusive’ and ‘participatory’.

2017

SCI to host IST 2018
5 December 2017
The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIOIR) will host the 9th International Sustainability Transitions Conference at the University of Manchester.

How to solve the ‘monster’ fatberg problem
28 November 2017
In our latest blog, @dralibrowne (and collaborators Mike Foden, Matt Watson, David Evans and Liz Sharp) suggests that greater collaboration is needed to deal with the ‘monster’ fatbergs that are wreaking havoc on our sewers.

The real story behind the huge crowds gathered at iPhone launches
6 November 2017
In our latest blog, PhD Researcher Harald Wieser suggests there is more to iPhone X queues than meets the ‘i’.

SCI Newsletter - Autumn 2017
18 October 2017
The latest SCI newsletter is now available.

Event: Addressing the Meat Problem: What Role for the Social Sciences?
12 October 2017
Thursday 9th November, University of Manchester

Recruiting a Post-doctoral Research Associate
4 October 2017
The Sustainable Consumption Institute are currently looking to recruit a Post-doctoral Research Associate with particular focus on environmental practices in everyday life, such as those related to food, waste, energy, transport, and citizenship.

Conferences Digest: From Athens to Oslo (via Manchester)
29 September 2017
We take a look at the SCI’s contributions to the 2017 conference season

We must accelerate transitions for sustainability and climate change, experts say
22 September 2017
Policy Forum in Science suggests that rapid changes in electricity, heat, buildings, industry and mobility are needed.

SCI academic releases new book
23 June 2017
The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment, edited by Sherilyn MacGregor, is available now.

Frank Geels joins Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency
14 December 2016
Out of 190 applications, five new members have been invited/appointed.

Former SCI visiting fellow releases new book
18 November 2016
Maurie J. Cohen's latest release is called 'The Future of Consumer Society'.

Discover Society - edited by Alan Warde and Luke Yates
7 September 2016
The latest edition of Discover Society is out today and has been edited by the SCI’s Alan Warde and Luke Yates.

New ESRC project with University of Sheffield and the SCI
11 July 2016
New ESRC project with University of Sheffield and the SCI Reshaping the domestic nexus at home: engaging policy understandings of kitchen practices and how they can change.

2016

Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first - Frank Trentmann
9 February 2016
Frank Trentmann's latest book Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first now available.

Mark Harvey - Honorary Professor
3 February 2016
We are delighted that Mark Harvey will be joining the SCI and Sociology Department as ‘Honorary Professor’.

SCI workshop with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
18 January 2016
The SCI travelled to Beijing in September for a workshop organised by the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

Discover Society special issue showcases SCI research
7 January 2016
The SCI’s Dale Southerton and Dan Welch have guest edited a special issue of online magazine Discover Society on sustainable consumption. The issue includes contributions from 15 SCI researchers, as well as contributions from colleagues further afield.

Book Review: Food Waste: Home Consumption, Material Culture and Everyday Life
5 January 2016
Katy Wheeler, The Open University has reviewed David Evans’s latest book Food Waste: Home Consumption, Material Culture and Everyday Life.

2015

Retrofitting Cities - new book published
7 December 2015
SCI's Mike Hodson latest book 'Retrofitting Cities: Priorities, Governance and Experimentation' has been published.

Rethinking the role of individuals’ behaviours in sustainable consumption
9 November 2015
The latest LWEC (Living With Environmental Change) Policy and Practice Note No. 21, written by the SCI’s Dale Southerton and Dan Welch is now available.

SCI Professor elected to prestigious European body
14 September 2015
The SCI’s Professor Frank Geels has been elected as a member of the Academia Europaea following an announcement on 11 September.

SCI signs Memo of Understanding with CASS
9 September 2015
Representatives of the Sustainable Consumption Institute sign a Memorandum of Understanding today with senior members of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing.

SCI Contribution to major new publication
21 August 2015
The SCI’s Professor Dale Southerton releases a new publication around climate change and society.

Osborne’s long-game? The politics behind the down-scaling of low-carbon policies
29 July 2015
Within weeks of the newly elected Conservative government coming into power, the down-scaling of low-carbon policies began.

Policies and actions to shift eating patterns: What works? - New FCRN Report
26 May 2015
This literature review considers effective ways of shifting people’s consumption patterns in more sustainable and healthy directions.

Tales from a well-wrapped historian: smart meters and the management of heating - Anna Carlsson-Hyslop
17 March 2015
Are we “a nation of buffoons who can't work thermostats” or do we actively manage our heating?

Distributing Power Report
26 February 2015
‘Distributing Power’ report published today by the EPSRC-funded Realising Transition Pathways (RTP) project.

2014

‘Food for Thought’ workshop
11 December 2014
November saw the Households, Retailers and Food Waste Transitions Project host an international workshop.

Video of Tom Hargreaves' Seminar now available
31 October 2014
'"Smart" homes, energy use and everyday life' - Tom Hargreaves' SCI Seminar presentation.

Video of Maurie Cohen's Seminar now available
31 October 2014
'Be Careful What You Wish For: The Empty Promise of the "Sharing Economy"' - Maurie Cohen's SCI Seminar presentation.

Knowledge Exchange Event at Port Sunlight
13 October 2014
SCI Researchers are attending a full day's knowledge exchange workshop at Port Sunlight under the University of Manchester/Unilever Strategy Partnership signed in October 2013.

Dale Southerton to give evidence at the Fabian Society Commission
6 October 2014
Professor Dale Southerton is giving evidence to the Fabian Society Commission on Food and Poverty on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

Professor Frans Berkhout Seminar - Slides now available
22 July 2014
Further to Professor Frans Berkhout's Seminar on 22 May 2014, the slides that accompanied it are now available to download.

Dr Cecily Maller to give SCI Seminar
18 July 2014
Dr Cecily Maller, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University in Melbourne Australia, will be giving a seminar entitled "Understanding health through social practices: performance and materiality in everyday life" on 1 September 2014.

Tyndall Centre Fudan Hosts Second Biennial Conference of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption
1 July 2014
The Fudan Tyndall Centre hosted the Second Biennial Conference of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption under the theme "Global Transitions to Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems."