September 2022 Newsletter
Welcome back SCORAI members,

We are making great progress on the development of our upcoming SCORAI conference for 2023! Thank you all for your continued input and feedback as we try and put together the best possible event for everyone. We are nearly 10 months away from the conference, so please mark your calendars for July 6 - 9! Keep those calendars open, because we have some important dates coming up on the horizon for the conference.

Transforming Consumption-Production Systems Toward Just and Sustainable Futures 

This joint 5th SCORAI, 21st ERSCP, and Wageningen University conference will be held at Wageningen University in the Netherlands on July 6-9, 2023. This inter- and trans-disciplinary conference will provide a crucial opportunity to discuss recent advancements in sustainable consumption and production. It will provide a platform for building and enhancing connections between research, practice, and policy to increase understanding and action of how to move transformations to SCP forward.

Please see below key dates in preparation for the conference, and continue reading the newsletter to find our call for submissions.


Key Dates
August 30, 2022:   Abstract submission opens
November 28, 2022:   Last date for abstract submission
December 16, 2022:   Early-bird registration opens
January 10, 2023:   Notification of decisions (proposals accepted/rejected)
March 20, 2023:   Preliminary program published
March 25, 2023:   Final date for presenters to register
April 10, 2023:   Updated program published
April 20, 2023:   Early bird registration ends
May 30, 2023:   Full conference paper submission ends (only for special issues track)
June 15, 2023:   Regular registration ends
July 6-9, 2023:   SCORAI-ERSCP-WUR 2023 Conference in Wageningen

This conference will provide a platform for exploring a wide range of practices, experiences and policy initiatives in the context of cutting-edge interdisciplinary sustainable consumption and production research. We invite scholars and practitioners, such as business representatives, innovators, policy makers, activists, and members of communities engaged in sustainable consumption initiatives, to participate with concrete ideas, methods and examples of how to inspire learning and change. We encourage discussion and reflection on the links and gaps between theory and practice. We seek to better connect research and action for sustainable consumption and production with strategies for transformative change.

As anticipated in our July Newsletter, the official conference website is now open !

More information on

Thank you!

Your Board: Ashley, Ginnie, Halina, Liz, Philip, Valerie

Too many SCORAI emails? We are doing something about it

Dear SCORAI-ers,
The discussions we are having on the listserv are fascinating. We on the SCORAI Board are grateful for the time many of you take to contribute to these exchanges. But sometimes these discussions transition after a while to a conversation among a small number of old intellectual friends. When that happens, we receive notices from other SCORAI members that they have too many emails in their mailboxes. Some people even unsubscribe for that reason.
In order to balance these competing objectives – free flowing exchange of ideas and arguments among those who want to pursue them; and preventing an overload of email among the rest, we are creating an additional “salon” for these longer conversations.
For now we are calling it the SCORAI Community Salon which can be accessed at
Once you sign up for an account there, you are able to participate in a discussion which we have transferred from the listserv. 
All transferred discussions can be accessed on the main homepage and are preserved as a public archive. 
One of us on the Board will curate the conversations and use our best judgment as to when to invite the participants to continue their exchanges in the second salon, open to all.
This is a pilot. We shall evaluate how it works after a few such cases of transitioning.

In the meantime, you can switch to the digest mode of our listserv.
How is it possible?

Simple. Follow these steps:
  • Sign in to SCORAI Google Groups and go to the SCORAI group
  • Go to the Subscription column, click the Down arrow
  • Select Digest where up to 25 complete messages are combined into single emails and sent daily.

Caution: it is an individual setting and if someone doesn't have a Google account can contact Robert Orzanna  at  and he can switch you over.

Warm regards, your SCORAI team


New Blog from the website - Can citizen action be effective for climate change?

On our website is out a new blog by Valerie Brachya on how citizen's actions can be effective for climate change. This is originated  from Listserv thread August 2022.

Are you interested in having a look at this new piece of blog?  Well, you can reach out it on our website 

New comment from our listeserv by Tom Bowerman
By the time SCORAI discussions like this peter out, when all is said and done, it appears that much more is said than done. The SCORAI acronym states "Research and Action".  As we contemplate the quantity of metals and minerals to "transition to sustainability", where is the "action" of challenging our current fossil fuel powered growth paradigm by personally and collectively reducing our consumptive behaviors? How?  Stop driving, flying. Downsize. Etc.

Prior to the Great Depression pre-1929, our US consumption of goods and services was less than 1/10th of what is is today.  Various forms of evidence suggests our human well-being was no worse and possible higher pre-depression than it is today. With climate change tightening it's grip through drought, fires, heat, famine, mass migration, loss of biodiversity, cooking the frog metaphor is increasingly apt. 

As I have mentioned before on this list=serve, I observe that many of us, at least those who earn above $50K per year, and definitely those above $100K per year should likely be able to lower their income and environmental impact by 50%. As agreed previously, individual action by itself will not be satisfactory if our collective goal is to prevent annihilation of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of humans over the next century.

Again, where is the ACTION in Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative?  If fifty percent cold-turkey is not possible, then ten percent reduction per year for ten years, the minimal entry point. Much of science and research involves measurement and procedural testing. How many people on this Research and Action listserve practice quantitative evaluation of their impacts followed by qualitative evaluations and behavior shifts? 
Wait a minute... there's an upcoming conference? I better follow  @SCORAI_net   on Twitter to stay up to date!

Sustainable Consumption in the News

UMass Boston Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC)  was just awarded a EPA grant
UMass Boston Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) was just awarded a 2-year, $350,000 EPA grant to provide pollution prevention technical assistance to Massachusetts craft breweries and help them reduce water and energy use, prevent waste generation and use of toxic chemicals. The grant will enable UMass Boston to support the sustainability transition of an important and fast-growing industry in Massachusetts, while training business students in pollution prevention and sustainability.

Degrowth – what's behind the economic theory and why does it matter right now?
Word Economic Forum


How do we save our planet? Some economists believe the only way is to radically scale back our global consumption of resources.

This is a key premise of degrowth – a political and economic theory that is gaining traction as fears grow over climate change. But is it workable?

Two recent Youtube videos about consumption and sustainability

These two Youtube videos may be of interest for our community:

 - Nate Hagen’s notion of Energy Blindness regarding how many people don’t seem to know how energy undergirds their lives.

- Just Stop Oil regarding what seems to be the cutting edge of climate activism. Jeremy Corbyn is highlighted. The goal is through protest to push our governments to greater climate action.

What is sustainable production?


Industrial engineering and manufacturing of products is always accompanied by the extraction and consumption of raw materials from nature and the use of land. Furthermore, pollutants are emitted into the soil, air and water during the production process and along the entire supply chain.
The aim of sustainable production is to ensure that the production of goods conserves resources and preserves the regenerative capacity of the environment. Sustainable products secures the natural foundations of life for future generations. This requires a new approach to research, design and manufacturing.

Reduce waste to obtain quality products


Industrial engineering and manufacturing of products is always accompanied by the extraction and consumption of raw materials from nature and the use of land. Furthermore, pollutants are emitted into the soil, air and water during the production process and along the entire supply chain.
The aim of sustainable production is to ensure that the production of goods conserves resources and preserves the regenerative capacity of the environment. Sustainable products secures the natural foundations of life for future generations. This requires a new approach to research, design and manufacturing.


The Limits to Growth model: still prescient 50 years later

Club of Rome
As part of the Earth4All project, collaborators have submitted deep-dive papers to delve further into the issues and solutions needed to transform our economic system and provide an equitable future for all on a finite planet. The World3 model was used by the authors of The Limits to Growth in 1972, and this paper sets to conduct a quantitative comparison between empirical data and the most recent version of World3 scenarios to see if we are still following the business as usual scenario.

Transforming Education: Giving Children a Voice

The Global Goals
Lack of resources, poor quality teaching and materials, outdated curricula, and more than two years of education disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect storm for a global learning crisis. A predicted 70 percent of children in low- and middle-income countries are unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10 – a marker for minimum literacy proficiency, up from 57 percent pre-pandemic.

Sustainable industries

Make your sustainability goals actionable while driving growth and profitability. The past decade of your digitalization and automation journey held a secret roadmap – one that points to data as the engine for real progress. It’s time to get started and make sustainable industrial innovation a reality.


Feeling pessimistic about the climate crisis and want to hear about some of the people working to make positive change? Why not listen to, and watch, Doomer Optimism, a podcast about localized, actionable solutions to the climate crisis, and the wider crucible of our time, hosted by SCORAI Board Member Ashley Colby (@RizomaSchool) and Jason Snyder (@cognazor).

Episode 38 of Doomer Optimism is a chat with Peter Allen (@pclarkallen) of Mastodon Valley Farm about ecological and regenerative farming, homesteading, rebuilding oak savanna, factory farming, and a ton more!


Calls for Contributions and Submissions

Call for Participation in the joint SCORAI, ERSCP and Wageningen University Conference

July 6-9, 2023, Wageningen, the Netherlands

August 30, 2022:    Abstract submission opens
November 28, 2022:   Last date for abstract submission


Just, equitable, and sustainable human development in the 21st century requires transforming systems of consumption and production. The window of opportunity to avert irreversible damage to key earth systems, such as climate and biodiversity, is closing fast. Resource-intensive consumption and production are key drivers of unsustainable development and require radical restructuring to accelerate transformations towards sustainable futures. The most recent IPCC report (April 2022) makes history in, for the first time, stressing the need to focus on the role of consumption in climate change, highlighting “...the potential of demand-side strategies across all sectors to reduce emissions is 40-70% by 2050”. 

The timing of this call is auspicious. Once promising ideas, such as the sharing economy, transition towns, collaborative consumption, future visioning, or nudging, have not brought about change in consumption and production patterns at the scale and pace necessary. In response to the COVID pandemic, governments obtained an unprecedented mandate to establish ambitious recovery programs which could potentially lead to changing consumption patterns; however, it appears that responses have been largely aimed at economic rebounds and relative decoupling, while not initiating changes that can reduce demand and the dependency on fossil fuels. 

Transformative social change is more likely at a confluence of a political window of opportunity, public receptiveness to change, and policy and research ideas ready for implementation and experimentation. We may be facing this confluence now. On the political front, the IPCC report provides a new framing for political and policy debate, and for explicitly making sustainable consumption key to progress towards sustainable futures. The COVID pandemic has demonstrated that lifestyle changes are not beyond the realm of possibility. On the research front, a growing body of interdisciplinary work has uncovered how various aspects of the social and material world impede or enable lifestyle changes, with important insights for modeling transformations toward just, equitable and sustainable systems of production and consumption. 

Conference (sub)themes include, but are not limited to: 

  • Sustainable consumption and lifestyles

    • Experiments, interventions, and case studies in sustainable lifestyles

    • Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic about lifestyle changes

    • Digitalization of work, consumption, and lifestyles

    • Social innovation and sustainable practices

    • Defining a fair living space: an international perspective 

  • Sustainable production, sustainable business, innovation & design for sustainability 

    • Methods for sustainable production and industry research

    • Sustainable industry and eco-industrial parks

    • Sustainability assessment and indicators

    • Sustainable innovation, business models, and sustainable management

    • Design for sustainability and sustainable behavior

  • Governance for sustainable consumption and production

    • The roles of local, regional, and (inter)national policy-making in transitioning to sustainable consumption and production systems

    • Policy in action: empirical case studies   

    • Interactions between science, society, and policy

    • Drivers of change toward sustainable lifestyle: from international to local to cross-cultural perspectives

    • Engaging middle actors in advancing system change: professionals, experts,  tradesmen, educators, business owners, etc. 

  • Circular economy, circular society, and critical materials

    • Circular systems and circularity management

    • Circular business models

    • Circular design and circular products

    • Circular & closed-loop supply chains & value chains

    • Circular and sustainable procurement

    • From circular economy to circular society

    • Consumption in the circular society

    • Methods for circularity and circular economy

  • Alternative, diverse, and plural economics for sustainability transitions

    • Feasibility, desirability, and likelihood of transitioning to 1.5-degree lifestyles and economy

    • Wellbeing and care-centered approaches as frameworks for social transformations

    • Lessons from experiments with alternatives to GDP

    • Advances in steady-state economy and degrowth: research and practice

    • Experiments with guaranteed basic income and guaranteed basic services

  • Sustainable cities and regions and local action

    • Sustainable consumption and production in urban contexts

    • Urban design, buildings, and transportation for sustainable lifestyles

    • Making density attractive: theory and practice 

    • Sustainable consumption and production in rural areas and sustainable tourism

  • Social movements, social learning, and social innovations

    • Discourses, dialogue, narratives, and social learning for strong sustainable consumption and production systems

    • Grassroots and social innovations for sustainable consumption and production

    • Societal impact of sustainable consumption and production research

  • Sustainable food, agriculture, and agri-business

    • Agri-food system transitions and biodiversity-positive agri-business

    • Sustainable food security and valuing water 

    • Sustainable protein consumption and production (protein transition) and the shift to plant-based diets

Call for Participation

Researchers and practitioners from around the world are invited to submit session proposals and/or individual abstracts for presentation or posters. The submission system opens on August 30, 2022. Researchers and practitioners are welcome to propose full sessions and/or individual abstracts until November 28, 2022. Participation will be possible both in-person and online. During the submission process, individuals submitting proposals/abstracts will be asked to indicate whether they intend to participate on-site or online and which of the conference (sub)themes fits best for their submission (up to three themes can be selected). Session proposals/abstracts that are not aligned with any of the themed sessions are also welcome. All session proposals and individual abstracts will be reviewed by members of an International Review Committee listed on the conference website. 

  • SESSION PROPOSALS can be for (i) academic sessions or (ii) dialogue-debate sessions. Proposals should be 300-500 words long and propose a coherent themed session lasting either 60 minutes or 90 minutes. Each proposal should speak to (a) what topic/question the session is focused on, (b) why it is relevant for SCP/the conference themes, and (c) what the specific perspectives are that the session is conveying. 

    • Academic sessions: Presentation and discussion of original research. A full line-up of individual speakers and discussant(s) should be included in the session proposal. Abstracts of academic research presentations lined up in this session do not need to be included in the session proposal but need to be submitted separately including the note that they are part of an academic research session and the name of the session proposal. Academic research sessions can be part of the special issue track (see below). Session organizers may choose whether or not they wish to organize their session as a full paper session (for which presenters submit a full paper prior to the conference) or a presentation-only session (for which presenters do not submit full papers in advance).  

    • Dialogue-debate sessions: Discussion and debate around a particular thematic focus, integrating research and practice. These sessions can take a variety of innovative formats as proposed by the session conveners. This includes creative/innovative/interactive sessions, world café-style dialogues, a series of short lightning / Pecha Kucha talks, work studios, etc.; In addition to the required elements of a session proposal (see a, b, and c above), the format/flow of the session should be clearly described. The conference organizers provide additional information/inspiration on possible formats on the conference website. 

  • INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATIONS PROPOSALS  can be for (i) academic abstracts (ii) practitioner abstracts. They should be 300-500 words long, include a title, and list the names, institutional affiliations, city and country address, and emails of co-authors. Irrespective of the type of submission, author(s) are asked to indicate if the submission is part of a session proposal and if the submission is intended for oral presentation or as a poster presentation.

    • Academic abstracts should include information on the following aspects: (a) Problem statement, research questions/aim, theoretical approach, methods/inquiry approach, findings, conclusions, and practical and scientific implications. References can, but do not have to, be included. Submitters of academic research abstracts are asked whether or not they want their submission to be part of the special issue track (see below) 

    • Practitioner abstracts should describe the purpose of the project as related to sustainable consumption and lifestyles, and the problem it sought to address. It should describe the main features of the project, its strengths and limitations, the potential for scalability, and its contribution to understanding how to transition toward sustainable production-consumption systems.   

Special issue track: The conference organizers are planning to organize special issues in peer-reviewed academic journals. Individuals or session organizers interested in submitting their paper(s) to one of the special issues can indicate this during the submission process. It is intended to have dedicated full paper sessions at the conference where full conference papers will be circulated in advance and discussed to provide feedback to the authors that they can use to revise their conference paper for submission to the special issue. Participants interested in submitting a full paper to a special issue will be asked to submit their full conference paper until May 30, 2023, so that conference participants and session discussants have the opportunity to read the paper before the conference. Please note that this only applies to individuals or session organizers interested in submitting full paper(s) to the special issue track. For all other submissions, no full paper is required. 

All session proposals and individual abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee using the following criteria: 

  • Originality/Novelty: contribution to existing knowledge or novelty of knowledge application/utilization

  • Relevance/Focus: contribution to the conference theme and sustainable consumption and production research

  • Quality/Comprehensibility: clarity of inquiry approach and findings/conclusions derived

Session proposals and individual abstracts can be submitted at the conference website at:

Call for Papers in Focus on Intergenerational Sustainability

Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2022
Submit Manuscripts and Learn More

Anthropogenic impacts to Earth's systems have placed humanity in a precarious position in which our gross consumption could lead to nonlinear changes to Earth Systems which could be non-conducive to societal development as we know it. As humanity's knowledge of Earth's planetary boundaries, and our transgression of them continues, it is of increasing importance that we begin to place our environmental research and assessments within the context of a 'safe operating space for humanity'. This is needed to ensure global sustainability research results work towards the definition, and transformation to, an intergenerational sustainable state as opposed to sustainable development focused solely on rate of change. This means understanding and obeying the boundaries and carrying capacity limits of the natural environment, whilst providing good life for everyone. Therefore, we should not focus on (potentially marginal) incremental improvements, but on understanding the environmentally safe operating space, and searching for ways to return from the current ecological overshoot to living within this space with just and good life for everyone.

This paradigm shift presents an opportunity to consider novel development pathways across sectors and regions, as well as the reconsideration and repurposing of previous research to place a focus on how the developments align with intergenerational sustainability. Thus, in this special issue we welcome research across spatial and temporal scales that provide quantitative or qualitative environmental research/assessments of product(s), systems, sectors, consumption profiles, relevant policies, or economic structures which integrate intergenerational environmental sustainability into the research/assessment.

This broad topic stretches across fields, and we welcome submissions covering (although not limited to):
  • 'Safe and just operating spaces'
  • Doughnut economics
  • Sustainable consumption corridors
  • Sustainable lifestyles
  • Degrowth and economic reconfiguration
  • Planetary boundaries
  • Environmental economics
  • Global carbon budget allocations
  • Sustainable cities in the context of localized planetary boundaries
  • Technological and behavioural change pathways
  • Life cycle assessment/use of LCA studies in the context of sustainable consumption
  • Rebound effects and/or systemic interconnectedness which could potentially hinder sustainable consumption
  • System-level and individual lock-ins potentially hindering from reaching an environmentally sustainable society
The Guest Editors encourage the addition of social and justice perspectives within research articles. Particularly those that add perspectives of potential positive or negative social impacts (and feedbacks) associated with certain environmental developments, and universal basic services/needs to ensure a 'good life' while remaining within the Earth's carrying capacity.

Guest Editors
Jukka Heinonen, University of Iceland
Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, University of Iceland
Kevin Joseph Dillman, University of Iceland
Call for abstract - special feature in Sustainability Science

Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2022
Submit Manuscripts and Learn More

Potentially alternative concepts need to be developed and employed to understand the role of the individual within the energy transition. With a focus on the energy transition, this special feature is dedicated to compiling scientific contributions that provide insights into how the individual is embedded within the larger system and how individuals are facilitating the energy transition. Thus, the role of the individual is not limited to the consumer or the user of technology. Rather special feature contributions identify how individuals are agents of change within the energy transition. Furthermore, the seed of change is not limited to technological or market innovations but includes, for example, social innovations contributing to the energy transition. Scientific articles will also provide insights into how individuals are embedded within the larger system. To shed fresh light on interconnections and the role of individuals in the energy transition, alternative approaches to socio-technical or socio-economic transition theory are welcomed. 

Technological innovations are a key part of the energy transition. However, the social sphere as a force to facilitate the energy transition must not be neglected. While the socio-technical transition theory provides a framework to connect the technological with the social sphere, the role of the individuals within the transition process remains limited (Upham, Bögel et al. 2020). Individuals are reduced to the role of consumers and technology users (Avelino and Wittmayer 2016, Nijhof, Wins et al. 2022), and the social sphere is subject to change rather than an instigator of it (Kivimaa, Laakso et al. 2021).

Guest Editors
Katharina Biely , Delft University of Technology
Emile Chapin , Delft University of Technology
Gerdien De Vries , Delft University of Technology
Siddharth Sareen,  University of Stavanger and University of Bergen
Thomas Bauwens,  University of Edinburgh
Call for Papers in Sustainability marketing and sustainability management: Exploring new perspectives on sustainable development

Opening Date for Submissions: 1 September 2022
Closing Date for Submissions: 15 October 2022

The main aim of this special issue is to explore new perspectives on sustainability and sustainable development by inviting studies focusing on sustainability-related topics in marketing and management, as well as encouraging interdisciplinary research in these areas.

Historically, the global attention to sustainable development arose when the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) in their report “Our common future” proposed the concept of sustainable development, that is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, and called for international efforts needed for addressing sustainability challenges (WCED 1987). More than three decades later, in 2022, the agenda of achieving sustainable development is far from being attained in our contemporary society that faces a deepening ecological crisis and widening social and economic inequalities. In the challenging times of the global pandemic, researchers across different disciplines continue the debate on how to achieve a better and more sustainable future, as well as explore novel approaches to attaining this vision. For example, green recovery, a perspective viewing economic recovery after the pandemic as an enabler of sustainability transition, represents an important new impetus for sustainable development (Gusheva and de Gooyert 2021; Lahcen et al. 2020). Although green recovery and other emerging perspectives on sustainable development (e.g. social-ecological systems (Reyers et al. 2018); systems of sustainable consumption and production (Schröder et al. 2019); social-ecological networks (Felipe-Lucia et al. 2021) provide critical insights and can potentially serve as catalysts for establishing sustainable organizations and transforming current business practices, they are still under-investigated in extant research.

In the disciplines of marketing and management, the interest towards research on sustainability and sustainable development has remarkably increased over the years. Prior research on sustainability marketing evolved from focusing on sustainable products and other elements of the marketing mix to addressing sustainable lifestyles and behavioral changes, and consequently to exploring transformative actions in relation to norms and institutions, among other topics (Kemper and Ballantine 2019). Management and organization studies on sustainability progressed from examining the impact of organizations on the natural environment to considering managerial issues in relation to environmental concerns, then to assessing corporate sustainability and sustainable organizations, and consequently to investigating socio-ecological wellbeing, the nature–human ecosystem, and alternative approaches to organizing for sustainability, among other topics (Ergene et al. 2021). Despite a continuously growing number of studies addressing sustainability-related topics in marketing and management, both disciplines still provide limited insights, which would have a transformational nature required for achieving a global agenda of a sustainable future (Davies et al. 2020; Ferns and Amaeshi, 2021; Nyberg and Wright 2020).
This special issue aims to advance the current state of research on sustainability and sustainable development in marketing and management by calling for contributions across the disciplines of marketing and management, and also interdisciplinary research including marketing and/or management perspectives. The special issue invites manuscripts based on empirical studies (utilizing quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods) or literature reviews. The manuscripts are expected to have strong conceptual and methodological rigor, and make both theoretical and practical contributions. Examples of possible topics of relevance for this special issue include, but are not limited to the list below. If in any doubt about a manuscript's fit with this special issue, do not hesitate to contact the Corresponding Guest Editor, Galina Biedenbach, at

Submissions are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts. Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

Guest Editors

Galina Biedenbach, Umeå University, Sweden,
Johan Jansson, Umeå University, Sweden,
Virginija Poškutė, ISM University of Management and Economics, Lithuania,

Call for Papers in Social Value of the Built Environment

Opening Date for Submissions: 1 September 2022
Closing Date for Submissions:
1 November 2022

This Buildings & Cities special issue will explore social value in relation to both placemaking (urban design, architecture and real estate) and construction (procurement and labour) processes.

The emergence of the social value agenda has real potential for the promotion of justice, equality and social cohesion in our built environment. Social value is often defined in different ways by sector, industry and context. A useful working definition is “the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the relevant area” (Public Services (Social Value) Act, 2012). This demonstrates an interrelationship with triple bottom line sustainability, as well as the importance of prioritising impact within a defined spatial area, which could be local, regional, national or wider. Other definitions emphasise the importance of stakeholders and beneficiaries recognising and placing a value on the changes they experience in their lives, as well as the quantification and measurement of positive impacts.                         

The aim of this special issue is to explore current and potential approaches to defining, delivering, monitoring and evaluating social value in the built environment, its benefits and consequences and its relation to other existing policy mechanisms.  How can planners, clients, designers create and evaluate social value at different scales?  How can local stakeholders (communities) be involved and empowered? How can the intended outcomes be assured? Submissions are welcomed that examine these phenomena in the different social and economic contexts. Contributions that explore social value from various viewpoints and multiple perspectives are particularly welcome.

For the full submission details and further information, visit the Buildings & Cities Community Website:

Guest Editors

Flora Samuel, University of Reading
Kelly J., Watson, Hatch Urban Solutions

Call for inputs - Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts (KCI)


The Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts (KCI) is calling for inputs, guided by the questions contained in this questionnaire, from Parties and observers concerning Workplan activity 11, “Facilitate, exchange and share experience and best practices in the assessment of the environmental, social and economic co-benefits of climate change policies and actions informed by the best available science, including the use of existing tools and methodologies”.

Dr Renuka Thakore, Dr Jurgen van der Heijden and Dr Pallavi Saxena from the Future Earth, are collecting responses to input to submit to the KCI.

Please submit your responses by Friday, 19 September 2022.

Inputs will be considered by the KCI’s next meeting from 2-3 November 2022 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt.

Note: Environmental, social, and economic co-benefits may include, among others, positive impacts on pollution levels (i.e., soil, water, and air); biodiversity; equality levels between men and women; social inclusiveness; health; education; ethnic minorities and social groups; indigenous peoples; access to rights; national or regional GDP; employment; consumption; production; the income of workers (wages) and their families/households.

Experts, practitioners, and relevant organisations are requested to kindly limit their responses to the guiding questions in this survey. In addition, links to actual studies may be provided for more information.

Survey link:

Please contact Dr Renuka Thakore if you have any queries at
Call for Proposal - Routledge A-Z Guides for Environment and Sustainability
This book series provides accessible, easy-to-navigate overviews of a range of different topics related to environment and sustainability. Following an A-Z format, each book contains entries which map out an important concept or term and illustrates how it connects more broadly to other ideas and disciplines. With related terms and further reading included alongside the entries, these innovative volumes will be of great interest to students and scholars learning, teaching and researching in this field.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, do not hesitate to contact the Editor for Environment and Sustainability, Annabelle Harris, at

Thank You for Your Continued Support!

As the year has now reached its midpoint and the clock starts ticking for our 2023 conference, we wanted to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who has made a recent contribution to support our work. 

Many thanks to: Frieder Rubik, John Stutz, Julia Steinberger, Tom Abeles, Ashwani Vasishth, Benyamin Lichtenstein, Carol Holst, Kira Jen Matus, Richard Wilk, James Speth, Tom R. Bowerman, Peter Victor, John Cross, Vanessa Timmer, Angelina Korsunova, Kuishuang Feng, Monica Guillen Royo, John de Graaf, Anders Hayden, Michael Maniates, Inge Røpke, Goretty Dias, Wendy Wuyts, Jaclyn Fierro, and Jacob Halcomb.

Please, if you are able, consider donating to directly impact SCORAI's capacity to continue to bring you high quality blogs, newsletters, listserv discussions, and, of course, conferences. We are so close to meeting our fundraising goals, and your help in bringing us to that means the world to us. To donate, please go to:


Upcoming Events

Listed in chronological order, from coming-soon to farthest out on the horizon.


              The Social Cost of Tailings Management

2 September 2022  | Sustainable Minerals Institute , Virtual
By raising awareness of the effects of the tailings dam disaster in Brumadinho, Brazil, Angélica's goal is that all the necessary changes in the mining sector to avoid death and destruction, are accomplished. This seminar will inform engineers and scientists about the human cost of decisions and calculations that they might make in the course of their work. And to make them feel empowered to speak out to the highest management levels if they see unsafe practices that could endanger human lives and environmental damage. Preventing such disasters from occuring should be paramount to prevent the long process of remediation.

Register here

      We could Stop Global Warming early, but should we?

7 September 2022  | RadiX, Virtual
Research suggests that creating an artificial dust layer could rapidly cool the planet. But is it practically deliverable and what would be its unintended consequences? Could this radical idea be part of the solution or is this just a dangerous distraction from emissions cuts?

Register here

How Environmental Toxicity, Inequity and Capitalism Affect

Reproductive Health

8 September 2022  | Center for Biological Diversity , Virtual
The Center for Biological Diversity is partnering with Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health on a webinar about how toxic chemicals and climate change impede reproductive justice and solutions to advance reproductive and environmental health. The webinar will unveil a new report written by the Center called "The Influence of Environmental Toxicity, Inequity and Capitalism on Reproductive Health". The report describes the reproductive harm caused by fossil fuel extraction, plastic products, industrial agriculture, and climate change. The webinar will discuss these topics along with case studies and solutions.

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Working Time Reduction Network Conference 2022
20-21 October 2022  | Brussels, Belgium


The European Network for the Fair Sharing of Working Time’s biannual conference will address the possibilities of a four-day week in Europe, and what real working time reduction could look like.

There will be three panel discussions. The first will look at best practice examples across Europe, with representatives sharing lessons learnt and practical strategies towards achieving working time reduction. The second will consider the ambiguities of a four-day week, understanding risks such as compressed hours and threats from objectors. The third panel will look at what actions trade unions are taking in the fight for working time reduction in Europe, with representatives from unions in France, Switzerland and Germany.

We hope that the conference will facilitate fruitful discussion and support strategy-building on the road to achieving working time reduction in Europe.

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There is a limited number of in-person spaces, so please indicate whether you intend to attend in person or virtually.
The event will be live-streamed via Zoom.
Please also note that the dinner on 20 October will not be covered by the organisers.
Deadline for registration is 18 October. For any questions related to the organisation of the conference, please contact India Burgess at 


Publications by Members

Pedagogy of agency and action, powers of 10, and fractal entanglement: Radical means for rapid societal transformation toward survivability and justice
Energy Research & Social Science
Mark S.McCaffrey, Jean LéonBoucher

The practical and moral imperative implied by the climate activist slogan “system change, not climate change” requires a toolkit of tactics—from the strictly legal (which will vary by location) to the militant, from the individual to the global scale—that offer alternatives to the dominant neoliberal, techno-capitalist paradigm. Here we call for an expanded conversation as we present a triad of “out of the box” tools to help spur deep social transformation: 1) pedagogy of agency and action, inspired by Paolo Freire's revolutionary theory of change; 2) the Powers of 10 framework, harnessing the ten orders of magnitude between a single individual and everyone on the planet to examine and analyze interwoven social scales and systems; and 3) the motif of fractal entanglement as a tool for examining barriers and opportunities for social transformation at every scale. We argue that while there are opportunities for transformation across scales, from the micro and individual scale to the macro planetary/global sphere, decentralized, community-based meso-scale efforts to mitigate and adapt to global change provide a practical “sweet spot” between an individual human being and all humanity, between a person and the planet.

Sharing economy rebound: The case of peer-to-peer sharing of food waste
Journal of Industrial Ecology
Tamar Meshulam, David Font-Vivanco, Vered Blass, Tamar Makov

The digital sharing economy is commonly thought to promote sustainable consumption and improve material efficiency through better utilization of existing product stocks. However, the cost savings and convenience of using digital sharing platforms can ultimately stimulate additional demand for products and services. As a result, some or even all of the expected environmental benefits attributed to sharing could be offset, a phenomenon known as the rebound effect. Relying on a unique dataset covering over 750,000 food items shared in the United Kingdom through a free peer-to-peer food-sharing platform, we use econometric modelling, geo-spatial network analysis, and environmentally extended input–output analysis to quantify how much of the expected environmental benefits attributed to sharing are offset via rebound effects under seven re-spending scenarios. We find that rebound effects can offset 59–94% of expected greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, 20–81% of expected water depletion benefits, and 23–90% of land use benefit as platform users re-spent the money saved from food sharing on other goods and services. Our results demonstrate that rebound effects could limit the potential to achieve meaningful reductions in environmental burdens through sharing, and highlight the importance of incorporating rebound effects in environmental assessments of the digital sharing economy.

Working less by choice: what are the benefits and hardships?
Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy
Ola Perssona , Jörgen Larsson, Jonas Nässén

Working time reduction (WTR) is a policy that could improve quality of life while reducing environmental impacts. However, WTR coupled with a salary reduction may benefit only higher-income earners and increase social inequalities. Against this background, we analyze how the motivations for and the socioecological outcomes from working less vary across different socioeconomic groups. The analysis is based on a survey conducted among municipal employees under full-time contracts who utilized the City of Gothenburg’s “right to part-time” policy. We find that working less improved quality of life not only for higher-income groups but also for lower-income groups through gains in time affluence, energy, health, and time spent on strengthening social ties. However, three negative effects emerged. First, WTR lead to increased work intensification, particularly among higher-income earners. Second, concerns regarding making ends meet and future retirement income were particularly salient issues among lower-income earners. Finally, WTR to cope with unfavorable working conditions was a much more common motivation among manual workers with lower salaries. We conclude that WTR can be a viable option across a broader range of socioeconomic groups than previously assumed but that it is nevertheless important to consider the effects on social inequality when designing WTR policies.



Desertification, a Condition that Involves People, Soil and the Ways of Being in the World
Humanities Commons
André Francisco Pilon

After more than three decades of scientific reports and international meetings, it is clear that there is no consistent progress towards an integrated worldwide approach in the public and private arena to climate change, to food insecurity, and access to non-pollutant fuels. How to involve and motivate decision-makers in choosing the right paths, in the face of the overwhelming pressures from political and economic groups? Would scientific reports be enough to drive effective public policies, given the usual ways of dealing with things? As a global community, the world can no longer rely on incremental reforms within traditional planning and development frameworks to address the profound environmental challenges facing human survival, which intertwine economic, political and cultural issues.

We're very pleased to welcome 28 new SCORAI members who joined the network since our last newsletter, bringing our organization's total membership to 1,436 individuals. New members include:
  • Julia Shen, Wageningen University & Research , Wageningen, Netherlands
  • Angela Castillo, University of California, Berkeley
  • Kunal Kishore Hansdah, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Zane Datava, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Jaime Paneque-Gálvez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Kazeem Alasinrin Babatunde,  Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Giovanna Sidaoui Haddad, UNEP
  • Sheila Malone, University of Galway, Galway, Ireland
  • Christine Circe,
  • Anastasia Thyroff, Clemson University,
  • Antti Kinnunen, Aalto university , Espoo, Finland
  • Julia Bruckner, Institute of Sustainable Management, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany
  • Souad Djedi, HEC Algiers Business school, Algeri, Tunisia
  • Sara Skarp, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • Marta Santos Silva, JusGov, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
  • Marcia De Barcellos, UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Diletta Acuti , University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
  • Alejandro Marambio-Tapia, Universidad Católica del Maule, Maule, Chile
  • Roberta Discetti, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
  • Aine Keating, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • Thea Cook, Bristol University Press, Bristol, UK
  • Laura  Beyeler , Fachgebiet Technik- und Umweltsoziologie BTU Cottbus - Senftenberg, Cottbus, Germany
  • Josiah Heyman University of Texas at El Pas, El Paso, Texas, USA
  • Camille Freeman, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Haley Smith, NC State University, New York, USA


SCORAI (Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative) is an international knowledge network of researchers and practitioners committed to building a flourishing and ecologically-sound society by changing the way we consume. We advance research, disseminate knowledge, impact policies and support campaigns. SCORAI recognizes that technological innovation alone is insufficient to address climate change and environmental threats. Therefore we support transformative changes in the economy, institutions and culture.

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