December 2019 Newsletter
Year-End Fundraising Update

SCORAI is a unique network run by volunteers, which since 2008 has served as a vibrant community offering exchanges on issues of sustainable consumption. Our activities include the listserve and newsletter, workshops and conferences, videos and publications-- all of which are defining the field. 

We are seeking each member's annual contribution of US $50 ($25 for students, retired individuals, and others in special circumstances) to reach the goal of $5,000 before the end of 2019 to sustain network activities. Of course, larger donations are gratefully welcomed!

The SCORAI Executive Board wishes to thank the following people and organizations for their generous contributions thus far in 2019: Carol Holst, Laurence Godin, John Stutz, Tom R. Bowerman,, PBC, John Cross, James Speth, John Ehrenfeld. 
Make your contribution to SCORAI today
Updated SCORAI Mission

The SCORAI Board, advised by our Advisory Board and by our webmaster, has reformulated our mission. We hope this will sharpen our focus and activities; and clarify who we are and what we try to achieve. While we do not intend to change our mission too often, members' comments are always welcome.

Warm regards,
Halina, Manisha, Deric, Daniel, and Philip

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.
SCORAI 2020 Conference
Sustainable Consumption
 and Social Justice in an Urbanizing World
The Deadline for Abstracts is Friday, December 13th

The theme for the SCORAI 2020 Conference, to be held June 10-12 at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, is Sustainable Consumption & Social Justice in an Urbanizing World. Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit individual abstracts for presentation or posters. During abstract submission, individuals will have an opportunity to request to be included for consideration in any of the open themed sessions. Abstracts that are not aligned with any of the themed sessions are also welcome. All abstracts will be reviewed by members of the International Review Committee. Individual abstracts should be 300-500 words long. 

Stockholm Hub: SCORAI 2020 Conference organizers are collaborating on an innovative pilot initiative with 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. 
Submit an abstract for SCORAI 2020
Committee for Broadening Participation 

Initiated by Ashley Colby and Robert Rattle, this working group intends to bring a greater diversity of voices into the conversations that happen at SCORAI events-- including the 2020 Conference in Boston-- to advance knowledge and action across academic-practitioner efforts to realize a more sustainable and socially just planet.  A greater diversity of voices that many can bring to these discussions can only strengthen, enhance, and identify new opportunities to realize our goals.

A Fund for Broadening Participation has been established to cover travel, accommodation and conference fees for a small, select group of participants. If you are able, please contribute here:

"Beyond SCORAI, we are hoping this fund will set a precedent for not only our organization in future years, but also environmentalist and activist networks more generally. We live in a world where we find ways to be siloed into groupthink. We go to meetings with others like us, and are often shocked when the same kinds of ideas and initiatives get repeated for decades. With your donation, you will be helping us experience and learn from what results from a more equitable, inclusive conference space."
-- Ashley Colby, SCORAI Committee for Broadening Participation
Sustainable Consumption in the News
Why Some Brands Are Leading A Black Friday Boycott
By Laura Paddison in HuffPost, November 22, 2019

Retailer REI and cult beauty company Deciem are shutting on one of the biggest shopping days of the year and calling for people to consume more responsibly. But we can’t shop our way out of the multiple environmental crises we face. The best way to make an impact is to think about the ethics of sufficiency. “Changing their business model somewhat so people don’t buy on impulse... doesn’t fundamentally change the companies’ concept of success.” --Halina Szejnwald Brown

Minneapolis Declares Climate Emergency, Plans Sustainable Building Policy
By Miguel Otárola in The Star Tribune, December 2, 2019

The city needs to double down on its greenhouse gas reductions, officials said.  Minneapolis elected officials on Monday joined hundreds of other jurisdictions across the world in declaring a climate emergency, committing to doubling down on their efforts to reduce the city's carbon footprint.

Don’t Call Me a Pessimist on Climate Change. I Am a Realist
 By William E. Rees in The Tyee, November 11, 2019

To see our fate clearly, we must face hard facts about energy, growth and governance. "If we divide 2018 into energy segments, oil, coal and natural gas powered the globe for 309 out of 365 days, hydro and nuclear energy gave us 41 days, and non-hydro renewables (solar panels, wind turbines, biomass) a mere 15 days. If the race is towards a decarbonized finish line by 2050, we’re still pretty much stalled at the gate." -- William E. Rees 

Young girl in the United Arab Emirates adamant about creating a sustainable environment
UN Environment Programme News, December 3, 2019

Her advocacy has had an incredible impact. “Through a sustained campaign of building awareness among youth, we have had over 34,000 visits to our website and many children have written to us to join our activities. People from our local community and schools are joining, and we are beginning to drive the changes we wish to see and show how serious we are about protecting the environment". -- Sagarika Sriram

Greenwash watch: can the fashion industry become sustainable?
By Jasmine Chinasamy, UnEarthed, November 28, 2019

As Black Friday dawns, consumption trends continue to grow- and so too does the environmental price tag. Last year a cross-party group of MPs challenged the government to do something about it. Their report – by the Environmental Audit Committee said that the fashion industry is in desperate need of a new business model that is not based on overproduction, or environmental and human rights abuses. 
Opportunities for Members
See below for opportunities to participate in prestigious programs, contribute to special issues, and share your perspectives
Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership 
Applications can be submitted until 16th February 2020

The Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership is a unique program that trains the next generation of leaders in sustainability research affiliated with a European research institution. With this year’s focus topic “Land use practices in a globalised world“, the program provides an intensive training with four seminars in two years that broaden the research competencies of early-career researchers and promote their qualification towards transdisciplinary leadership. The program also offers seed funding to groups of participants planning to initiate research collaborations. Furthermore, an active network of current and former participants of the program will be established.

The program is an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and a joint project of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the four academic centers Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Stockholm Resilience Centre and The Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Rotterdam. For further information and the application process, please refer to
Participate in a Brief Survey for The Center for Biological Diversity

Message from Kelley Dennings: I am a campaigner with the Center for Biological Diversity.  The Center is a national, nonprofit membership conservation organization dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. My background is in recycling and forest conservation and last year I finished my master's degree in public health with the career goal of working at the intersection of health, environment and social change. 

The Center is conducting a national survey to assess what people in the United States think about how population growth and overconsumption affect habitat and wildlife. We are purchasing a national random sample but are also conducting a companion convenience sample survey. Consider supporting the initiative by taking the survey and sharing the 8-minute survey link with your members, friends, and colleagues:
Call for Submissions: Special Issue of Sustainability-- "Prospects and Challenges of Sustainable Public Purchasing"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2020

Special Issue Editors: Prof. Nicole Darnall; 
Prof. Justin M. Stritch; Prof. Stuart Bretschneider of Arizona State University
The public sector represents the largest single buyer of goods and services worldwide (World Bank Group, 2016), accounting for more than 17 percent of global GDP. Even at the local level, public sector purchasing has enormous economic impact. For instance, in the U.S. alone, local governments purchase $1.72 trillion of goods annually (U.S. Census, 2016), which accounts for between 25 percent and 40 percent of all tax dollars collected (Coggburn, 2003). Collectively, these purchases generate environmental impacts that are nine times greater than the impacts associated with managing the public sector’s buildings and fleets (Tangherlini, 2014). However, only recently has the public sector begun to implement more broad-sweeping sustainable purchasing (or procurement) policies.

For this Special Issue, we welcome scholarly papers that advance our understanding of how governments and other public sector organizations (e.g., public schools, universities, the military) are advancing sustainable purchasing. We encourage submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following topics and questions:
  • Broader Concerns Related to Sustainable Public Purchasing
  • Sustainable Purchasing and Organization Mission, Culture, Leadership, and Structure
  • Motivation to Adopt Sustainable Public Purchasing
  • Public Sector Collaborations Around Sustainable Purchasing
  • Information Access about Sustainable Purchases
  • Sustainable Public Purchasing Outcomes
For author guidelines see:
Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production: Second Round of the Academy of Change
Applications can be sent until 24 January 2020

This is your opportunity to learn more about sustainable behaviour change while working and exchanging with peers from all over the world. Building on, and motivated by, an inspiring first round of our capacity building programme on sustainable behaviour change, we are happy to announce that the call for applications for the second round of the Academy of Change is now open! The programme is designed for leaders working on climate change and sustainability engagement within the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) sector. It enables participants to incorporate evidence-based expertise and insights about citizen behaviours into their strategies and projects, generating greater impact from their activities. Apply here:


SCORAI Israel Group Forming

Message from Shula Goulden, Lecturer, International MA Program in Environmental Studies, The Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, 
Tel Aviv University: Any SCORAI members with an affiliation in Israel, the SCORAI-Israel network would be glad to hear from you. Please email us at with contact details so that we can add you to the network and update you about upcoming activities.
Upcoming Conferences
Listed in chronological order, from coming-soon to farthest out on the horizon.
Paradigms, Models, Scenarios and Practices for Sustainability
December 4-6, 2019 | Clermont-Ferrand, France

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:

7th International Society for Industrial Ecology – Asia Pacific Conference
15th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production

23 – 25 February, 2020 | Cebu Island, The Philippines

The theme of this conference is Science-Policy Interface towards SDG 12. Full information is available at: The integrated event of the 7th ISIE-AP7 and APRSCP15 will be a unique combination and rare opportunity for science-policy interface in Asia Pacific concerning sustainability. The event will showcase Asia Pacific talent in scientific knowledge and appropriate policy options for the regional condition through interactive dialogue among scientists and government officials under one roof. ISIE was founded in 2001 in Leiden, with “Science of Sustainability” as its core competence; while the ISIE-AP events have been organized by the active Asian members to meet the regional dynamism. The APRSCP was founded in 1997, with support from UNEP, UNIDO, ADB, USAID, EU, and more specifically the NCPCs.

The roundtable has gone through historical path of two major transformation in Asia Pacific; (1) from cleaner production to SCP/RECP & Circular Economy; and (2) from CP project implementation to SCP policy to science-policy interface. The event promises to facilitate participation of scientists and national governments / LGUs to work hand-in-hand in improving the regional SDG roadmap based on scientific debate.

DeGrowth Vienna 2020
May 29 - June 1, 2020 | Vienna, Austria
Contemporary societies face unprecedented ecological, social and economic crises that call for an immediate and radical transformation of the dominant, growth-dependent mode of production and living. Degrowth, as a social movement and a burgeoning academic field of research, has focused on conceptual discussions, concrete utopias and case studies for a social-ecological transformation. What is missing, however, is an in-depth discussion on the strategies to achieve such a transformation.

ICTA-UAB International Conference 2020 on Low-Carbon Lifestyle Changes 
May 6-8, 2020 | Barcelona, Spain

This conference will explore the role of changing lifestyles in climate change mitigation. We invite contributions that investigate the drivers and impacts of different lifestyles as well as how low-carbon lifestyles can be promoted through public policy. The conference will take place in It will feature three keynote speeches from Angela Druckman, Lorraine Whitmarsh, and Céline Guivarch, as well as a public debate in Barcelona on May 7.  

We encourage contributions from any field of knowledge that addresses the topic of lifestyle changes along one of the three conference themes (Drivers, Impacts, and Policies). Interested participants should submit a 250-word abstract by January 15th 2020 via Participants will be notified of acceptance on February 15th 2020. Contributions can be presented orally or as a poster. Remote participation is also possible. Outstanding papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue on lifestyle changes. 

Registration will be open from February 15th to March 10th 2020 via The standard attendance fee for the three-day conference is 100 €. A discount in the fee will be available to those who have limited financial means and those who will travel to the conference without taking a plane. For remote participation there will be no conference fee. 


Sustainable Consumption & Social Justice in an Urbanizing World
 4th International SCORAI Conference
June 10-12, 2020 | Boston, MA

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 details and a link to submit your paper and poster abstracts here:
International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) 26th Annual Conference: Sustainability in Transforming Societies
15-17 July, 2020 | Budapest, Hungary

The Budapest conference will aim at identifying the most important trends in today's societies happening either as a result or parallel to the environmental and social crises we face in both developing and developed countries. The conference will explore the sustainability implications of these large scale changes, including, but not limited to shifts in demographics and the polarization evident in many societies; the impacts of rapid technological innovation including the digitisation of the economy; the shifting centres of economic power and the spread of new business models, as well as resulting changes in lifestyles. The urgency of the need to understand how these changes interact with a need for a more sustainable society has been emphasized by the UN Environment's sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO). The report published in Spring, 2019 concluded that recent, unsustainable production and consumption patterns and inequality, combined with increases in the use of resources lead to the deterioration of our Planet's health at unprecedented rates, which has serious consequences, in particular for poorer people and regions. The deadline for abstract submission is the 15th of December, 2019. Further information here:
8th World Sustainability Forum
September 14-19 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland

WSF2020 is an international scientific conference coordinated by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, under the patronage of the University of Basel, the University of Geneva and  the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).

SCORAI Europe is happy to announce an official partnership with the 8th World Sustainability Forum, taking place in Geneva from September 14 to 19, 2020. Members will be able to avail of a 20% discount on registration fees. A session stream relevant to sustainable consumption topics will be proposed, and information on paper, poster and other contributions can be found online at: For further information on SCORAI involvement, please contact the co-organizers for SCORAI Europe, or

For the World Sustainability Week (WSW) in Geneva, we seek proposals for sessions, and for presentations of papers and posters on sustainable development that are policy-relevant, change-oriented, and inter- or trans-disciplinary. Submissions should aim to foster research, networking, and debates in science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences, as well as fruitful exchanges between academia and the public, civic, or private sectors.

Publications by Members

Examining the social acceptance of genetically modified bioenergy in Germany: Labels, information valence, corporate actors, and consumer decisions

Energy Research and Social Science

Authors: Olivier K. Butkowski, Chad M. Baum, Ashkan Pakseresht, Stefanie Bröring, Carl Johan Lagerkvist
Abstract: Social acceptance of innovative technologies is a key element of an effective transition towards more sustainable energy economies. However, innovative technologies like genetic modification also tend to spark controversy and backlash. So far, efforts to inform the public about any risks and benefits of novel technologies not only have struggled to foster acceptance but also neglect the interdependent foundations of consumer decision-making. Through a controlled experiment with German consumers (N = 322), we examine whether consumer support and rejection of genetic modification in bioenergy crops is influenced by the statements and actions of actors throughout the supply chain. In specific, we show that the decision of energy companies to sell and support GM bioenergy positively impacts consumer decisions to support. To ensure that decision outcomes were specifically impacted by the expressions of corporate actors, we controlled for the content and valence of information by random assignment to one of three treatments in which participants received positive, negative, or balanced (risks and benefits) information. We find that negative messaging diminished support and increased rejection relative to the other treatments. Lastly, the statements and actions of corporate actors also exerted an indirect influence on consumer decisions through their interactions with social trust and labels, e.g. greater support by farmers had a positive influence only for those who are more generally trustworthy. Given these results, we anticipate more attention to the importance of actors such as farmers and energy companies for the social acceptance of novel technologies in the energy sphere.


Towards a Political Economy of Degrowth

Rowman & Littlefield International
Editors: Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Alexander Paulsson, Stefania Barca

Authors: Stefania Barca, Patrick Bond, Hubert Buch-Hansen, Ekaterina Chertkovskaya, Giacomo D'Alisa, Santiago Gorostiza, Catia Gregoratti, Gökhan Gülbandilar, Tuula Helne, Alf Hornborg, Tuuli Hirvilammi, Mine Islar, Max Koch, Emanuele Leonardi, Felipe Milanez, Alexander Paulsson, Riya Raphael
Overview: This new book includes fifteen contributions that bring degrowth in dialogue with critical social theories, cover previously unexplored geographical contexts and discuss some of the most contested concepts in degrowth. Since the 1970s, the degrowth idea has been proposed by scholars, public intellectuals and activists as a powerful call to reject the obsession of neoliberal capitalism with economic growth, an obsession which continues apace despite the global ecological crisis and rising inequalities. In the past decade, degrowth has gained momentum and become an umbrella term for various social movements which strive for ecologically sustainable and socially just alternatives that would transform the world we live in. How to move forward in an informed way, without reproducing the existing hierarchies and injustices? How not to end up in a situation when ecological sustainability is the prerogative of the privileged, direct democracy is ignorant of environmental issues, and localisation of production is xenophobic? These are some of the questions that have inspired this edited collection. Bringing degrowth into dialogue with critical social theories, covering previously unexplored geographical contexts and discussing some of the most contested concepts in degrowth, the book hints at informed paths towards socio-ecological transformation. The book is now available in paperback/e-book/hardcover, and with this code there's a 30% discount if buying it via the publisher's website: RLINEW19. 

Unraveling the claims for (and against) green growth


Authors: Tim Jackson and Peter A. Victor

Introduction: American economist Kenneth Boulding famously quipped, “Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” He was giving evidence to the U.S. Congress in 1973, in the wake of the Club of Rome's first, enormously influential and provocative report, The Limits to Growth. The remark has survived to this day as a somewhat satirical comment on the economics profession, but it also has a certain internal logic and provides a useful starting point for thinking about the “decoupling wars” that tend to be fought around the compatibility between economic growth and environmental limits. When economists contend that growth can continue indefinitely, it is because in their view, growth is something measured in terms of economic value rather than material throughput. The preferred measure of output for economists—the gross domestic product (GDP). [read the full article here]


LowGrow SFC: a stock-flow-consistent ecological macroeconomic model for Canada

CUSP Working Paper No 16

Authors: Tim Jackson and Peter A. Victor

Overview: This working paper presents a stock-flow consistent (SFC) simulation model of a national economy, calibrated on the basis of Canadian data. LowGrow SFC describes the evolution of the Canadian economy in terms of six financial sectors whose behavior is based on ‘stylized facts’ in the Post-Keynesian tradition. A key feature of the model is its ability to provide a systematic account, not only of economic and financial variables, but also of key environmental and social dimensions of the economy. In particular, it tracks the evolution of carbon emissions and the distribution of incomes over time, under various policy assumptions. The working paper describes in detail the structure of the model, its behavioral assumptions and the calibration of its variables and parameters. It develops two new performance indicators to track the progress of the economy: an environmental burden index (EBI) to describe the environmental performance of the model; and a composite sustainable prosperity index (SPI) based on a weighted average of seven economic, social and environmental performance indicators.


Just Transitions: Social Justice in the Shift Towards a Low-Carbon World 

Pluto Books

Editors: Edouard Morena, Dunja Krause and Dimitris Stevis 

Overview: In the field of 'climate change', no terrain goes uncontested. The terminological tug of war between activists and corporations, scientists and governments, has seen radical notions of 'sustainability' emptied of urgency and subordinated to the interests of capital. 'Just Transition' is the latest such battleground, and the conceptual keystone of the post-COP21 climate policy world. But what does it really mean? Just Transition emerged as a framework developed within the trade union movement to encompass a range of social interventions needed to secure workers' and frontline communities' jobs and livelihoods as economies shift to sustainable production. Just Transitions draws on a range of perspectives from the global North and South to interrogate the overlaps, synergies and tensions between various understandings of the Just Transition approach. As the concept is entering the mainstream, has it lost its radical edge, and if so, can it be recovered?

Food Gardens for a Changing World

CABI: Stylus Publishing

Authors: Daniela Soleri, David A. Cleveland and Steven E. Smith
Synopsis: Food Gardens for a Changing World is a unique resource for students, researchers, and policymakers, as well as household, community and school gardeners, who want to understand the potential of food gardens in a rapidly changing world. This book focuses is the 21st century trends bringing new challenges to food gardening—the global climate crisis, environmental degradation, resource scarcity, and social diversity and inequity—explaining the basic biological, ecological and social concepts needed to understand them. Examples throughout the text demonstrate how to use these concepts to respond successfully to those trends. To order a copy at a 20% discount enter the code CCAB20 at the online checkout.

Flights Dominate Travel Emissions of Young Urbanites


Authors: Michał Czepkiewicz *,Áróra Árnadóttir andJukka Heinonen

Abstract: Transport is a key sector in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A consensus prevails on a causal relationship between distance to the city center and emissions from private transport, which has led to an emphasis on density in urban planning. However, several studies have reported a reverse association between the level of urbanity and emissions from long-distance leisure travel. Studies have also suggested that pro-environmental attitudes and climate change concerns are unrelated or positively related to emissions from long-distance travel. The goals of this case study were to find out the structure, levels, distribution, and predictors of GHG emissions from the local, domestic, and international travel of young adults of the Reykjavik Capital Region. A life cycle assessment (LCA) approach was utilized to calculate emissions, and the materials were collected with a map-based online survey. International leisure travel dominated the overall GHG emissions from personal travel regardless of residential location, modality style, or income level. A highly unequal distribution of emissions was found. A higher climate change awareness was found to predict higher GHG emissions from trips abroad. Emissions from leisure travel abroad were the highest in the city center, which was related to cosmopolitan attitudes among downtown dwellers. 

Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance


Editors: Agni Kalfagianni, Doris Fuchs, and Anders Hayden

Description: The Routledge Handbook of Global Sustainability Governance provides a state-of-the-art review of core debates and contributions that offer a more normative, critical, and transformatively aspirational view on global sustainability governance. In this landmark text, an international group of acclaimed scholars provides an overview of key analytical and normative perspectives, material and ideational structural barriers to sustainability transformation, and transformative strategies. Drawing on pivotal new and contemporary research, the volume highlights aspects to be considered and blind spots to be avoided when trying to understand and implement global sustainability governance. In this context, the authors of this book debunk many myths about all-too optimistic accounts of progress towards a sustainability transition. Simultaneously, they suggest approaches that have the potential for real sustainability transformation and systemic change, while acknowledging existing hurdles.

Household carbon footprint patterns by the degree of urbanisation in Europe

Environmental Research Letters

Authors: Juudit Ottelin, Jukka Heinonen, Jonas Nässén and Seppo Junnila
Description: Urbanisation increases household carbon footprints in developing economies. However, the results from developed countries have varied, particularly in Europe. This study provides a coherent comparison of the impact of the degree of urbanisation on income, expenditure and carbon footprints in Europe. On average, carbon footprints are 7% lower in cities than in rural areas when income and household characteristics are controlled. However, this is compensated by the 6% higher average income in cities. The pattern is not uniform across countries, and there are significant differences between Western and Eastern Europe.
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What is the role of education in times of climate crisis?

School students all over the globe have declared a “Climate Emergency.” For some time now, youth have been striking for immediate and effective action to stop global warming and secure the habitability of our planet. In the context where students skip school to protest, what role do teachers play? More broadly, what is the role of education in times of climate crisis?
One group of university professors and activists have thought deeply about these questions. They have recently launched a “Call to Action” for educators, asking signatories to transform their pedagogies and curricula, realign research agendas, and reformulate policy frameworks – all in line with the climate crisis and other environmental challenges. In short, signatories are asked to voice their concerns any way they can in their professional work in and outside the classroom. Listen to an extended interview with Iveta Silova, Gustavo Fischman, and Daniel Fischer about the Climate Call to Action here:

Welcome New SCORAI Affiliates!

A warm welcome to the (record!) 17 new SCORAI affiliates who have joined us during the past month, bringing our total membership to 1199 individuals:
  • Betsy Taylor, Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions
  • Christian Kimmich, Masaryk University
  • Angela Druckman, Centre for Environment and Sustainability
  • Shweta Dhariwal, Whitewater Textile LLP
  • Franziska Ehnert, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
  • Heeju Noe, Kent State University
  • Franziska Klein, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Nadine Freuler, Student
  • Deborah Christiansen, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Jacqueline Parr, St. Catherine University
  • Hanri Taljaard, University of Pretoria
  • Caroline Dommen, Les Defricheuses
  • Laura Krumm, Copenhagen Business School
  • Ashley Colby, Rizoma Field School
  • Gabriele Torma, AU university
  • Michael Arnold Mages, Northeastern University
  • Sharon Prendeville, Loughborough University


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