October 2019 Newsletter
Dear SCORAI Community, 
We hope that this newsletter finds you well. This month we have an impressive range of sustainable consumption-related events to share and perhaps our most substantial list yet of new publications in the field by SCORAI members. We're grateful for your support and engagement as this network continues to grow and inspire new conversations and collaborations.
        -Liz and Halina
Reminder: Proposal Submissions for SCORAI Conference Sessions are due on October 18th! Visit the conference website for details.
The 4th International SCORAI conference which will be held from June 10-12, 2020 at Northeastern University, situated in the heart of Boston. This conference provides an opportunity to highlight cutting-edge research and innovative initiatives from different parts of the world, to expand linkages between knowledge and action, and to broaden connections among a diversity of researchers and practitioners.  Conference organizers are collaborating on an innovative pilot initiative with the Department of Sustainable Development at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden which will host a Nordic Hub of the SCORAI 2020 Conference, with opportunities for remote participation for a limited number of participants. SCORAI is also organizing a two-day summer school for Early Career researchers and practitioners immediately prior to the 2020 conference at Northeastern University (June 8-9, 2020). The summer school will bring together established scholars and emerging voices to convene spaces for co-learning, dialogue and mentorship. 

Session proposals reflective of the overarching theme of the conference are invited, with a goal of attracting a diversity of scholars and practitioners. Two kinds of session proposals are invited: full paper sessions and dialogue/roundtable sessions.
• Full paper sessions: Presentation and discussion of original research papers
Dialogue/Roundtable sessions: Discussion and debate around a particular thematic focus integrating research and practice. These sessions will take a variety of innovative formats as determined by the session conveners. This includes creative innovative interactive sessions, world café style dialogues, a series of short lightning / pecha kucha talks, role-playing activities, work studios etc.

Session proposals should articulate a vision for a coherent themed session lasting either 60 minutes or 90 minutes. A full line-up of individual speakers is not required for session proposals. Session proposals will be reviewed and specific themed sessions will be identified before the portal opens for individual abstracts submissions. Session proposals may be up to 500 words in length.
Submit a SCORAI Conference Session Proposal

Sustainable Consumption in the News

Veg 'nudge': An extra vegetarian option cuts meat consumption without denting food sales
in Phys News by University of Cambridge,  September 30, 2019
A study of over 94,000 cafeteria meal choices has found that doubling the vegetarian options—from one in four to two in four—reduced the proportion of meat-rich purchases by between 40-80% without affecting overall food sales.

Can ‘living well’ stop climate change?
in Physics World by Kate Ravilious, December 20, 2018
Humanity has just 10 years to turn things around. The most recent IPCC report says that we need to reduce anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions by 45% by 2030 or else be locked into a warming scenario that none of us wants to see. So, what to do? The answer, according to research by Gibran Vita and colleagues at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, requires a fundamental change in society. It lies in satisfying human needs like happiness and health instead of focusing on economic growth.

At UN, youth activists press for bold action on climate emergency, vow to hold leaders accountable at the ballot box
in UN News, September 21, 2019
Students and young activists at the Youth ClimateSummit  threw down the gauntlet to world leaders heading to United Nations Headquarters next week for high-level climate talks, demanding that they “stop wasting time” and work harder to curb carbon emissions, “or we will vote you out.”

Forever 21 Bankruptcy Signals a Shift in Consumer Tastes
in The New York Times by Sapna Maheshwari, September 29, 2019
Forever 21’s struggles have provoked questions around the appeal of fast fashion more broadly. The industry has faced backlash surrounding the environmental impact of quickly disposable clothes and concerns about worker safety in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 that killed more than 1,100 garment workers.
Upcoming Conferences
Listed in chronological order, from coming-soon to farthest out on the horizon.
Brazilian Academy of Management Meeting 2019
Track: Marketing and Society
Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo, Brazil
October 2-5, 2019

The theme of "Marketing and Society" lies in the field of Macromarketing, a field that is part of the non-interactive-non-economic perspective of marketing schools, which emerged from the 1960s onwards. Devotees to this field are dedicated to promoting a marketing systemic approach, to support strategies and policies for social well-being. The main purpose of the topic is to discuss the numerous aspects related to the effects of marketing on society, analyzing both the positive aspects and the dysfunctions and problems inherent to this relationship. This track recommends submissions related, but not limited to, the following issues: Marketing and Society, Macromarketing, Transformative Consumer Research, Sustainable Consumption, Vulnerable consumers.
EcoCity World Summit 2019
Vancouver, Canada
October 7-11, 2019

This is a biennial event that happens on a different continent and represents one of the world’s longest running and most influential conferences on building sustainable cities. The theme of the upcoming Summit is “Socially Just and Ecologically Sustainable Cities” based on the International Ecocity Standards ( that address many issues pertinent to sustainable modes of production and consumption. Specifically, the program committee would like to ensure that the conference provides a forum for conversations on sustainable lifestyles and behaviours. This conference represents an opportunity to bring together a dynamic group of stakeholders, beyond the usual subjects. It links city building professionals (architects, planners, engineering) with ecologists and social scientists who are interested in tracking and managing the urban metabolism of cities to enable people to live within global ecological carrying capacity.

The 19th ERSCP-- Circular Europe for Sustainability: Design, Production and Consumption
Barcelona, Spain
October 14-19, 2019

The European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) is one of Europe's most remarkable conferences in its field and has taken place periodically since 1994. ERSCPs favour discussions about the key issues in sustainable consumption and production; the exchange of thoughts, knowledge, experiences and SCP proposals; and the creation of a European (also worldwide) community of research and practice in sustainable consumption and production. The main goal of the ERSCPs is to encourage discussion amongst stakeholders involved in sustainable consumption and production: businesses, public institutions, universities, institutes and research centres, NGOs, SMEs, professional associations, decision-makers, etc.

ENERGISE Final Conference: Addressing energy demand challenges through practice-based living lab approaches: Implications for policy, planning and practice
Barcelona, Spain
October 15, 2019

The final conference of the SCORAI Europe affiliated ENERGISE project promises to be an interesting and engaging event, which will provide a space for policy-makers, practitioners, academics and businesses to discuss issues and solutions around the event theme ‘Addressing energy demand challenges through practice-based living lab approaches: Implications for policy, planning and practice’. This special one-day event will be held in conjunction with the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production ERSCP 2019 conference, which takes place from 15-18 October 2019. The draft programme is available now. Attendance is free, but please register at this link. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact usFrances Fahy, on behalf of the ENERGISE project team.

Phipps Conservatory & Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA
October 28 - 30, 2019

This conference focuses on how communities can create, support, and develop reuse economies. The full conference agenda is available here:

The members and supporters of Build Reuse believe:
1. The present linear economic model relying on consumption of “new” products and materials is unsustainable.
2. The reuse of building materials needs to be recognized as a key component of sustainability goals. A circular economy is a critical component to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 in the building industry.
3. Reuse recognizes and prioritizes existing community value. Reinvesting the inherent wealth of existing materials back into the community will create employment and economic opportunities, address urban blight and affordable housing.
4. Reuse is most impactful when implemented locally. Shifting to an economy with just and ethical supply chains centered on reuse and repurposing creates local jobs, builds small businesses and empowers more of the disenfranchised members of our communities.

Berlin International Week (BIW): Sustainability and Responsibility in the 21st Century
at Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (HWR)
Department of Cooperative Studies (Campus Lichtenberg)
November 1-10, 2019

• Seminars, lectures and discussion about sustainability, responsibility and sustainable innovation
• Project work on a real-life challenge brought in by companies and other organizations to
contribute to one of the sustainability goals
• International teachers from different parts of the world
Full conference details here

The Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC) Annual conference
Valencia, Spain
November 4-5, 2019

The TIPC Annual Conference will be held in collaboration with the EU SPRI, STRN and Globelics networks as partners of the internetwork dialogue on Transformative Innovation.  Hosted by Ingenio CSIC-UPV in Valencia, Spain, the focus will be on understanding how scholars and practitioners across the globe are interpreting and enacting transformative innovation policies through research and policy actions. It aims to offer a platform for advancing the building of a global research community on transformative innovation, to identify people and projects (established or early stage) working at the intersection of innovation, policy and transformative change in Global North as well as Global South contexts.

Paradigms, Models, Scenarios and Practices for Sustainability
University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA), Clermont-Ferrand, France
December 4-6, 2019

This symposium is jointly organized by the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence on Sustainable Development (ERASME) and Platform 21 for Sustainable Development. The conference focuses on the following themes: 1) How do the different sciences approach the question of sustainability, are there important differences between the social sciences, the engineering sciences, the sciences of life and earth?, 2) What are the dimensions and themes that embody or escape the discourse on sustainability?, 3) What are the paradigms that embody today the very idea of ​​a strong sustainability?, 4) What models , methods and scientific tools leave much room for strong sustainability?, 5) What are the scenarios for 2025, 2050 or 2100 that most embody the very idea of ​​strong sustainability? 6) How can sustainability be financed, 7) How can sustainability be evaluated? Full information here:
Sustainable Consumption & Social Justice in an Urbanizing World
 4th International SCORAI Conference
Northeastern University, Boston MA, USA
June 10-12, 2020

This international conference will convene scholars and practitioners to focus on sustainable consumption as it relates to urban issues and social equity. With growing social and racial inequities and widening disparities among and within communities, patterns of consumption are shifting as are notions of “sustainable consumption”. In an increasingly urban world where climate disruptions are exacerbating vulnerabilities of all kinds, there is growing acknowledgement of a need for systemic changes to alter societal expectations of resource use and consumption patterns.  At the same time, a consumer culture continues to perpetuate inefficient, resource-intensive practices that contribute to environmental destruction of all kinds. As corporate interests profiting from extractive, high-consumption, oppressive practices are strategically resisting change, coalitions of activists and advocates are advancing incremental and transformative change in different places at different scales. See the conference website with full information about call for sessions here:


Local Consumption and Global Environmental Impacts: Accounting, Trade-offs; and Sustainability

Kuishuang Feng, Klaus Hubacek, and Yang Yu

This is the newest book in the Routledge-SCORAI Studies in Sustainable Consumption book series. The authors describe how local consumption, particularly in urban areas, is increasingly met by global supply chains. These supply chains often extend over large geographical distances and have greater global environmental impacts, contributing to pollution, climate change, water scarcity, and deforestation. Consumption decisions can unknowingly contribute and reinforce global inequality and exploitation. To account for the impacts of consumption and distribution of wealth we need to analyze global supply and value chains. In this volume, the authors provide an overview of key methods of analysis, including Multi-Regional Input-Output analysis and Life Cycle Assessment. Subsequent chapters connect local consumption to the global consequences of different environmental issues, such as water and land use and stress, greenhouse gases emissions, and other forms of air pollution. Each issue is addressed in an individual chapter, including case studies from China, U.S. and UK. If there is anyone who wishes to review this book for a journal or for the SCORAI newsletter please contact Philip Vergragt for a free copy of this very interesting book: 

Limits: Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care
Stanford University Press

Giorgos Kallis

Western culture is infatuated with the dream of going beyond, even as it is increasingly haunted by the specter of apocalypse: drought, famine, nuclear winter. How did we come to think of the planet and its limits as we do? This book reclaims, redefines, and makes an impassioned plea for limits—a notion central to environmentalism—clearing them from their association with Malthusianism and the ideology and politics that go along with it. Giorgos Kallis rereads reverend-economist Thomas Robert Malthus and his legacy, separating limits and scarcity, two notions that have long been conflated in both environmental and economic thought. Limits are not something out there, a property of nature to be deciphered by scientists, but a choice that confronts us, one that, paradoxically, is part and parcel of the pursuit of freedom. Taking us from ancient Greece to Malthus, from hunter-gatherers to the Romantics, from anarchist feminists to 1970s radical environmentalists, Limits shows us how an institutionalized culture of sharing can make possible the collective self-limitation we so urgently need.
Integrated Management: How Sustainability Creates Value for Any Business
Emerald Press

Robert Sroufe

This new book is an evidence-based resource for Business School Sustainability Courses and curriculum.  It is endorsed by the CEO of Unilever Paul Polman, John Elkington, Scholars from Harvard, MIT, Boston College, American University, The Aspen Institute, The Living Futures Institute and industry consultants. Faculty and students will find action learning activities and integration exercises in each chapter aimed at making the intangible tangible, while showcasing best practices by top ranked companies.  It’s easy to say sustainability is important, yet not so easy to understand how it is part of the decisions that are made every day and how it cuts across business functions, systems, and supply chains. The information within this book, the application of systems thinking to complex problems, development of a vision and action plan, your own research, and action learning activities are all designed to accelerate management action, value creation, and the goal of a sustainable future.

Connecting global emissions to fundamental human needs and their satisfaction
Environmental Research Letters

Gibran Vita, Edgar G Hertwich, Konstantin Stadler and Richard Wood

While quality of life (QOL) is the result of satisfying human needs, our current provision strategies result in global environmental degradation. To ensure sustainable QOL, we need to understand the environmental impact of human needs satisfaction. In this paper we deconstruct QOL, and apply the fundamental human needs framework developed by Max-Neef et al to calculate the carbon and energy footprints of subsistence, protection, creation, freedom, leisure, identity, understanding and participation. We find that half of global carbon emissions are driven by subsistence and protection. A similar amount are due to freedom, identity, creation and leisure together, whereas understanding and participation jointly account for less than 4% of global emissions. We use 35 objective and subjective indicators to evaluate human needs satisfaction and their associated carbon footprints across nations. We find that the relationship between QOL and environmental impact is more complex than previously identified through aggregated or single indicators. Satisfying needs such as protection, identity and leisure is generally not correlated with their corresponding footprints. In contrast, the likelihood of satisfying needs for understanding, creation, participation and freedom, increases steeply when moving from low to moderate emissions, and then stagnates. Most objective indicators show a threshold trend with respect to footprints, but most subjective indicators show no relationship, except for freedom and creation. Our study signals the importance of considering both subjective and objective satisfaction to assess QOL-impact relationships at the needs level. In this way, resources could be strategically invested where they strongly relate to social outcomes, and spared where non-consumption satisfiers could be more effective. Through this approach, decoupling human needs satisfaction from environmental damage becomes more attainable.
Time Matters: The Carbon Footprint of Everyday Activities in Austria
Ecological Economics

Barbara Smetschka, Dominik Wiedenhofer, Claudine Egger, Edeltraud Haselsteiner, Daniel Moran, Veronika Gaube

Mitigating climate change to achieve the goal of staying below 2 °C of warming requires urgent reductions of emissions. Demand-side measures mostly focus on the footprints of consumption. Analysing time use can add to understand the carbon implications of everyday life and the potentials and limitations for decarbonising consumption better. We investigate the carbon footprints of everyday activities in Austria. We linked data from the Austrian Time-use Survey and the Austrian Household Budget Survey with the Eora-MRIO for 2009–2010 in order to estimate the household carbon footprints of all time-use activities. We introduce a functional time-use perspective differentiating personal, committed, contracted and free time to investigate the average carbon intensity of activities per hour, for an average day and for the average woman and man. We find that personal time is relatively low-carbon, while household as well as leisure activities show large variation in terms of CO2e footprint/h. The traditional gendered division of labour shapes the time-use patterns of women and men, with implications for their carbon footprints. Further research analysing differences in household size, income, location and availability of infrastructure in their relation to time use is crucial to be able to assess possible pathways towards low carbon everyday life.

Why and How Commercial Marketing Should Promote Sufficient Consumption: A Systematic Literature Review
Journal of MacroMarketing

Maike Gossen, Florence Ziesemer, Ulf Schrader

Although marketing strategies are often accused of stimulating overconsumption, businesses increasingly show potential as enablers of sufficiency. The concept of sufficiency contributes to sustainable development through the absolute reduction of resources and energy used for consumption by questioning the level of demand. This study analyzes reasons and potential practices for commercial marketing to promote sufficiency through a systematic literature review of scientific publications, guided by the following research questions: Why should commercial marketing promote sufficiency? How can commercial marketing promote sufficiency? Which barriers for promoting sufficiency occur? The content-based study of 17 publications in the final review sample delivers recommendations for how to practically implement marketing for sufficiency, and theoretical considerations for strengthening the discourse within macromarketing and beyond.
The Environmental Impact of Green Consumption and Sufficiency Lifestyles Scenarios in Europe: Connecting Local Sustainability Visions to Global Consequences
Ecological Economics

Gibran Vita, Johan R. Lundström, Edgar G. Hertwich, Jaco Quist, Diana Ivanova, Konstantin Stadler, Richard Wood 

The sustainability transformation calls for policies that consider the global consequences of local lifestyles. We used stakeholders' visions of sustainable lifestyles across Europe to build 19 scenarios of sufficiency (net reductions) and 17 of green consumption (shift in consumption patterns). We applied Environmentally Extended Multi-Regional Input-Output analysis to model scenarios by assuming widespread adoption of the proposed lifestyles changes. Finally, we estimated the domestic and foreign implications for land, water, carbon and human toxicity potential. We distinguish the options with most potential from those that are seemingly fruitless or present backfire risks. While our method allows for testing a large number scenarios under a consistent framework, further work is needed to add robustness to the scenarios. However, we do find a range of indicative results that have strong potential to contribute to mitigation efforts. Services: We find that a local and sharing service economy has a maximum reduction potential of 18% of the European carbon footprint (CF). Clothing & Appliances: Sharing and extending lifetimes of clothes and devices could diminish CF by approximately 3%. Transport: Reducing motorized transport by remote work and active travel could mitigate between 9 and 26% of CF. Food: Vegan diets could spare 4% of the land and reduce up to 14% of CF. Bio-economy: Switching to biomaterials and bioenergy tend to reduce carbon and toxic emissions at the risk of increasing water and land use. Housing: Passive housing and decentralized renewable energy reduces carbon emissions up to 5 and 14%, respectively. We characterize the sensitivity of our results by modelling income rebound effects and confirm the importance of deterring expenditure in resource intensive goods.
Gender and climate change: Do female parliamentarians make difference?
European Journal of Political Economy

Astghik Mavisakalyan, Yashar Tarverdi

This paper investigates whether female political representation in national parliaments influences climate change policy outcomes. Based on data from a large sample of countries, we demonstrate that female representation leads countries to adopt more stringent climate change policies. We exploit a combination of full and partial identification approaches to suggest that this relationship is likely to be causal. Moreover, we show that through its effect on the stringency of climate change policies, the representation of females in parliament results in lower carbon dioxide emissions. Female political representation may be an underutilized tool for addressing climate change.
Consumer Perceptions Related to Clothing Repair and Community Mending Events: A Circular Economy Perspective

Sonali Diddi and Ruoh-Nan Yan

While research focusing on clothing repair and community mending events as part of sustainable clothing consumption practices has been conducted in some developed European countries (e.g., the U.K. and the Netherlands), little research has examined consumer clothes mending/repairing behavior in a U.S. context. The purpose of this study was to explore U.S. consumers’ specific barriers and motivations to engage in clothing repair and their likelihood to participate in clothes mending and community mending events. An intercept survey approach was used to administer a questionnaire to participants who were attendees at three different events in a mid-sized city in Colorado, U.S. across a two-week time span. Data were collected from 254 participants. Path analysis was conducted to test four sets of hypotheses. The results suggested that consumers’ perceived barriers negatively influenced their mending frequency. Consumer’s perceived motivations positively influenced their attitudes toward mending, their mending frequency, and sustainable post-consumption clothing behaviors (SPCBs). Furthermore, participants’ attitudes toward mending, mending frequency, and their SPCBs positively influenced their intentions to mend clothes and to participate in community mending events. The current study advances the understanding of US consumers’ clothes mending behaviors and provides critical implications for local governments and education systems.
Exploring young adult consumers’ sustainable clothing consumption intention-behavior gap: A Behavioral Reasoning Theory perspective
Sustainable Production and Consumption

Sonali Diddia, Ruo-Nan Yan, Brittany Bloodhart, Vickie Bajtelsmit, Katie McShane

Clothing overconsumption is a growing global phenomenon with serious effects on the environment and society. Huge amounts of textile waste are ending up U.S. landfills due to unsustainable clothing consumption patterns. With the conceptual underpinnings of Behavioral Reasoning Theory, the purpose of this study was to explore sustainable clothing consumption behaviors (SCCBs) that young consumers were most and least likely to engage in and to understand specific reasons for their decisions to engage in a variety of SCCBs. The study used qualitative method of inquiry and conducted six focus groups with forty-one young adult consumers. Data was transcribed and analyzed to develop specific reasons that the participants attached to engage or not engage in SCCBs. Qualitative analyses revealed that participants’ reasons for engaging in SCCBs included perceived value, sustainability commitment, uniqueness, acquisition from known sources and lifestyle changes. Specific reasons for not engaging in SCCBs included perceived lack of variety/style, budget constraints, skepticism, lack of knowledge/skills, emotions attached to consumption, perceived lack of availability and consumers’ self-indulgent behavior. The findings of this study provide important implications for public policy makers and businesses to integrate and promote circularity in the fashion industry. The study also emphasizes the important role consumers’ play in extending clothing lifecycle.
Sustainable transitions in residential energy use: Characteristics and governance of urban-based initiatives across Europe.
Journal of Cleaner Production

Gary Goggins, Frances Fahy, Charlotte Louise Jensen

Reducing domestic energy use in cities has become a key focus in achieving sustainability goals. Recent and on-going efforts to address excessive residential energy use have taken various forms and have been initiated by a range of different actors. This paper presents evidence from the analysis of a database of 249 recent sustainable energy initiatives that have been implemented at various scales in and across urban areas in Europe. The paper examines common trends and characteristics in the type of initiatives that are promoted, including the problem definition, general approach, and implementation method. A second focus of enquiry centers on the governance mechanisms that underpin these initiatives. Here, attention turns to the main actors responsible for driving initiatives, the frequency and various forms of implementing partnerships, and the funding source through which the selected initiatives are financed. Two major themes emerged from reviewing the data, namely stratification and integration. Stratification or integration was evident across five key areas including problem framing, general approach, engagement mechanisms, governance, and evaluation frameworks. A corresponding typology of initiatives is presented under four categories: Enhancing; Directional; Experimental; and Responsive. Applying the typology to the dataset shows that enhancing initiatives aimed at optimizing technology or individual behavior are most prevalent (56%). Experimental initiatives that deliberate with new ways of living (16%) or responsive initiatives that consider contextual-needs (14%) are less prevalent and are more likely to occur at a smaller scale. Overall, we argue that integration across key areas can increase the success of initiatives that aim to achieve long-term sustainable transformation in household energy use.
Achieving sustainability transitions in residential energy use across Europe: The importance of problem framings
Energy Policy

Charlotte Louise Jensen, Gary Goggins, Inge Røpke, Frances Fahy

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the residential sector is central to European energy policy. However, the speed and scale of sustainable energy transitions need to accelerate. There is a growing consensus that meeting energy targets is highly dependent on interrelated socio-material and cultural aspects of energy use. New ways of framing energy demand that go beyond dominant efficiency- and behavior models are needed. Recognizing these concerns, this paper reports on a review of 1067 Sustainable Energy Consumption Initiatives (SECIs) that aim to reduce residential energy use across 30 European countries. The initiatives are categorized and a corresponding Problem Framing Typology (PFT) is developed, highlighting important aspects of different types of problem framings. The typology contains four categories including 1) Changes in technology; 2) Changes in individual behavior; 3) Changes in everyday life situations; 4) and Changes in complex interactions. Applying the PFT to the 1067 SECIs shows that the vast majority (75%) of SECIs are positioned within category 1 and 2, indicating a lingering bias towards technocratic consumer behavioral strategies. The limitations of such approaches are discussed, and it is argued that systematically addressing interactions between technology, businesses, culture and everyday-life is more likely to lead to long-term transformation.
Special Issue Call for Papers:
Macromarketing Responses to a Changing Climate

Guest Edited by:
Dr Sabrina Helm, University of Arizona
Dr Victoria Little, Monash University Malaysia
Manuscript Submission Deadline: July 31, 2020
The Journal of Macromarketing invites original submissions for a special issue on Macromarketing Responses to a Changing Climate. The purpose of this special issue is an assessment of marketing’s role in the Anthropocene. Human activities are damaging the natural systems that sustain life, at a faster rate than previously thought (IPCC, 2018). Within the next 10 years we will have to adapt to more and more intense storms, wild fires, floods, droughts, substantial sea level rise, and the ensuing impacts on food and goods supply, health, and mass global population movement.  Guest editors invite original, rigorous research submissions focusing on marketing, macro-level phenomena and climate change adaptation, mitigation or vulnerability assessment, and particularly those taking a trans or multi-disciplinary approach. Full guidelines for submissions here:

Welcome New SCORAI Affiliates!

A warm welcome to 10 new SCORAI affiliates who have joined us during the past month, bringing our total membership to 1284 individuals:
  • Barbara Smetschka, Institute of Social Ecology
  • Joe Connell, Build Reuse (formerly BMRA)
  • Carlos Andres Cañaveral Usuga, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano
  • Benedikt Schmid, University of Freiburg
  • Bibhu Kalyan Nayak, Manipal University Jaipur
  • Aina Sylvania Andrianjakatina, Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Economiques pour le Developpement (CERED)
  • Clara Grimes, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Megan Cook, NH Natural Resources Stewards
  • Senovio Shish, Kaiyum Consulting
  • Iana Nesterova, Derby University


SCORAI (Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative) was founded in 2008 as an international knowledge network of researchers and practitioners committed to advancing sustainability by focusing on societal patterns of consumption. SCORAI recognizes that technological innovation alone is insufficient to achieve sustainability; changes are required in societal institutions, cultures, and economic systems. SCORAI’s mission is to facilitate a transition to a more sustainable society by generating knowledge that impacts discourse and supports change agents.

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