Our four research themes explore how reconfiguring consumption and production systems can contribute to less resource-intensive ways of life.
Placing consumption in the foreground of our research allows us to better understand human needs, values, practices and habits, informing the drive to create more sustainable societies.
However, this focus is balanced with questions surrounding the production, supply and distribution of goods and services - these factors shape how people live their everyday lives, and are in turn shaped by consumption.
"Consumption is both a cause of unsustainability and a solution to sustainability. The exploding demand for goods and services has driven the ever-increasing exploitation of finite resources."Andrew McMeekin / Research Director, SCI
Understanding how everyday practices have formed, and how they vary across social groups and cultures.
Innovation has long been recognised as a powerful force for social and economic change.