November 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 5-8! Keep those calendars open, because we have some important dates coming up on the horizon for the conference

Key Date: November 28 for submission of abstracts and session proposals

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 5-8, 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 5-8, 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, Kira

    SCORAI webinar by Debbie Kasper on Monday November 7; 10am ET
Dear SCORAI-ers,
we have the pleasure to announce our first webinar by   Debbie Kasper titled Basic Training for the Relay Race to Transition.

Humanity is in ecological overshoot, business as usual spells disaster, averting the worst consequences requires systemic transformations. These are the premises from which many in the socio-environmental space are working. Among the numerous changes being demanded, pleas for a new paradigm, culture, story, and way of being are becoming more common. This is progress. The trouble is, we have little sense of what that means or how to go about such work. Sociologist and associate professor of environmental studies, Debbie Kasper, sheds light on this challenge and suggests some practical steps for helping us move farther forward together.

This webinar will be held online at the following Zoom link:

Herman Daly died

Dear SCORAI-ers,
It is with great sadness, we announce the death of Herman Daly.

Herman Daly passed away on 28th October. He was an ecological economist who championed steady state economics. In 1996, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for “defining a path of ecological economics that integrates the key elements of ethics, quality of life, environment and community.” Daly’s death is a great loss to humanity and ecological economics (Herman Daly Passes Away| Countercurrents).

 Our eminent SCORAI member Prof. Peter Victor published last year a biography of Herman Daly (read more here).

Registration for SSCP KAN Online Conference 2022! (Nov. 8 - Nov. 17)


Dear SCORAI-ers,

Please see the announcement below of this on-line and free conference. Several sessions are organized by SCORAI members.

We consider this conference an important event in the period leading to our own SCORAI conference in July 2023 in Wageningen.
Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and ProductionKnowledge-Action Network Online Conference 2022
Transitioning to Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production: From  Knowledge to Action

8 – 17 November 2022
Register: Registration for Future Earth SSCP Conference 2022 (

Program (here):
Some highlights: sessions organized by SCORAI members:
November 10: SESSION 3 JST: 23:00 to 1:00  CET:15:00 to 17:00 EST: 9:00 to 11:00
Session organizers: Philip Vergragt (Clark University and SCORAI) and members of the WgCoCo
November 17th, Thursday- Day 5
Tokyo: 21:00 to 00:30 / CET: 13:00 to 16:30 / US Eastern: 7:00 to 10:30
13:00-14:30 CET
Session organizers: Philip Vergragt (Clark University and SCORAI)

Warm regards, your Board

  Kira Matus is our new SCORAI Board member!   



  Your Board is happy to welcome our new Board member Kira Matus from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

  Kira J M Matus, PhD is a Professor of Public Policy, and Environment & Sustainability, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Her primary research focus is at the intersection of innovation, sustainability science, and public policy, focusing on sustainable production-consumption systems. A large portion of her research is on how policy interacts with the development and implementation of "green" technologies in supply chains, especially those that include the production and/or use of chemicals. In addition, her recent work is focused on the drivers and barriers to sustainable urban lifestyles, and a small but growing set of efforts to develop more sustainable models for fashion consumption in Hong Kong.

Kira is passionate about interdisciplinary sustainability education and research in the university and also in the community. She is also an enthusiastic member of HKUST’s Sustainable Gardening Community, and is very happy to have be able to take advantage of having multiple growing seasons in the subtropics.

Prior to HKUST, Kira was a Senior Lecturer in Innovation for Sustainability at University College London, an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management at the London School of Economics, and Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering at Yale University. She holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, a MSc in Technology and Policy from MIT, and a BSc in Chemistry from Brown University.
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


Degrowth: Slow is the New Cool

On this episode podcast, the team meet with social scientist and researcher at the School of Economics and Management of Lund University, Timothée Parrique.

What is degrowth, and how will it help define our future?

Parrique explains how the path to societal degrowth might unfold and the social and physical obstacles we may encounter on our way there.

From regenerative age to reformulation

FOOD navigator
Since the launch of its strategic ‘end-to-end’ transformation agenda, dubbed Pep+, the company has hit a number of milestones on topics ranging from regenerative agriculture to reformulation. FoodNavigator catches up with Katharina Stenholm, Chief Sustainability Officer at PepsiCo Europe, to learn more about the work that has been done – and the journey ahead.

Against Localism In Food

This article assumes that localizing food production is basically a matter of choice, that we'd localize mainly to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in a world of continuous fossil fuel (FF) use/supplies.  In short, it seems largely "business-as-usual" and takes food production out of real-world context. 


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 5-8, 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 Understanding the Contemporary Dilemmas of Sustainable Consumption through the lens of Secondhand Shopping

Deadline for submissions: October 31, 2022
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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.

Guest Editors
Jukka Heinonen, University of Iceland
Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, University of Iceland
Kevin Joseph Dillman, University of Iceland
Call for Proposals: Sustainability Research & Innovation Conference 2023

Deadline for submissions: November 30th, 2022
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SRI Congress is a joint initiative of the Future Earth and Belmont Forum and the world’s largest transdisciplinary gathering for the global sustainability community. The third edition of the SRI Congress, SRI2023, will be held online and in Panama City, Panama, from June 26-30, 2023.

SRI2023 invites session proposals for an interactive and engaging session or event to the 2023 Congress program (read more t this link).
DUT Call 2022 - Funding opportunity

Deadline for submissions: November 21th, 2022
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Driving Urban Transitions (DUT) - The purpose of this Call is to support transnational research and/or innovation projects addressing urban challenges to help cities in their transition towards a more sustainable economy and functioning (read more at this link).
RIHN Visiting Research Fellow Program

Deadline for submissions: November 4th, 2022
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The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan promotes transdisciplinary research on various global environmental issues. RIHN is currently accepting applications for FY2023 RIHN Visiting Research Fellow Program until 4 November 2022.
Call for Paper in 2023 Fashion and Circular Economy Symposium

Deadline for submissions: December 15th, 2022
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The Fashion and…Symposium was established at the University of Minnesota in 2012 by Dr. Kim Johnson and Dr. Brad Hokanson as a forum to present and discuss current topics broadly related to fashion. The symposium supports diverse perspectives from a variety of disciplines in a venue that allows international participants to meet and develop new partnerships.
The Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University is hosting the 2023 Fashion and Circular Economy Symposium at Fort Collins, Colorado. Given the increasing importance of Circular Economy (CE) in the fashion industry the 2023 symposium aims to bring together scholars and practitioners across the globe to explore topics that drive forward an inclusive circular economy agenda related to the fashion industry. This symposium aims to create an on-going discourse about fashion and circularity through a series of scholarly presentations, panel discussions, and creative design exhibits by academics, graduate students, researchers, and practitioners. Symposium will include industry speaker/s to share their insights regarding the current and future state of the fashion industry with focus on circularity. This symposium provides an exciting and creative platform to design transdisciplinary approaches that facilitate developing a robust teaching, research and engagement agenda focused on CE.
Call for Paper in Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development (RESD)

Deadline for submissions: November 7th, 2022
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The editorial board of “Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development (RESD)” is pleased to call for papers for the next issue of the journal in December 2022. RESD journal is published by the Academy Publishing Center of AASTMT. The journal is open access and peer-reviewed with ambitious plans for inclusion in the international databases and directories, like: Scopus on the long term. Currently the journal is recognized by: DOAJ, Google Scholar, EuroPub. In addition to many other resources are reviewing the journals.

RESD journal is an open access biannual international peer-reviewed journal which presents a global forum for dissemination of research articles, case studies and reviews focusing on all aspects of wind energy, wave/tidal energy, solar energy, Hydropower, Geothermal Energy, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells as well as energy from biomass and biofuel. The Energy Savings and efficient energy is a major interest of the RESD journal. The integration of renewable energy technologies in electrical power networks and smart grids is another topic of interest to RESD.

Call for abstract in International Conference on Environmental Psychology - ICEP 2023 

Deadline for submissions: December 15th, 2022
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The ICEP 2023 will be an international benchmark for experienced scholars, junior researchers and professionals working in the field of Environmental Psychology across the world. The ICEP 2023 will also welcome the participation of experts from other fields interested in environmental issues and human behaviour, to strengthen the dialogue and the multidisciplinary collaboration between psychological science and other disciplines, such as architecture, economics, geography and natural science, and to foster the links between environmental research and policy. 

The aim of the conference is to promote the scientific debate over the most recent empirical findings and theoretical advances in environmental psychological science, and to stimulate peer-to-peer discussions in qualified networks on the relationship between humans and their environment (read more at this link ).

Call for abstract - 2023 SPSP Sustainability Preconference

Deadline for submissions: November 15, 2022
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Abstract submissions are now open for the 2023 SPSP Sustainability Preconference! The conference will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023!

We are accepting abstract submissions for virtual data blitz and poster presentations. We encourage submissions from academics and practitioners of all career stages and backgrounds and on all topics within environmental and sustainability psychology.

This year’s theme is “Diversifying Sustainability Psychology: Towards the inclusion of diverse populations, actors, and methodologies.” We will place the spotlight on work that includes diverse populations (both participants- and researchers-wise), that examines multiple levels of actors (e.g., nations and corporations), and that employs innovative methodologies (e.g., computational methods).

Please reach out to Stelios Syropoulos ( or Dr. Kimin Eom ( for any questions.

Call for paper in Alterity as an interdisciplinary bridge between alternative forms of enterprise and global sustainability transitions

Deadline for submissions: November 15th, 2022
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The multiplicity and complexity involved in the field of sustainability transition invite us to multiply the diversity of perspectives from which to approach transitions. When this diversity is introduced into the critical role of business actors in shaping transitions, the phenomenon of the alternative enterprise becomes central in imagining and experiencing different ways of organising economic life. Thus, economic spaces such as barter networks, communities of producers and consumers, alternative food networks, local monetary systems, or social enterprises would be based on the common motivation of the need to transcend the current hegemonic articulation of the economic process. Given that views of the alternative can be very varied, the aim of this special issue is to bring to this conversation the lens of alterity. This notion places the focus on 'the other', inviting us to look at the minority, the cultural other, the cognitively diverse, and those that society deems as different. Bringing alterity to the foreground of the enterprise realm and the organisation of economic life pointing at the invisible, the marginal, the hidden, or the undeserved offers a promising lens to deconstruct the dominant categories of (social) entrepreneurship as the result of the agency of visionary and heroic actors, particularly capable of pursuing social goals within the dominant capitalist logic. To this end, this special issue aims to be a platform from which alterity-based conceptualisations, perspectives, epistemologies, practices, and debates on the transformative agency of the business actor in transitions towards sustainability may take place.

Call for paper Special Issue on Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy

Deadline for submissions: January 1st, 2023
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Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy invites submissions for a special issue devoted to the theme of “Sustainability and the Post-2030 Agenda.” With the convening of Stockholm+50 in June 2022 the global community had an opportunity to take stock and reflect on progress over the past half century advancing a global understanding of sustainability. The coming months and years will now see attention shift to how to build upon the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to formulate strategies with which to chart a course for the next decade and beyond.
Stockholm+50 reiterated the urgency for meaningful action to address climate change, to reduce threats of declining biodiversity, and to curtail environmental pollution. Yet despite vocal expressions for bold and deliberate initiatives, progress continues to be held back by weaknesses in the multilateral system, wavering resolve by national governments, and inadequate financial resources. In many respects, progress over the past five decades has been fraught, difficult, and, above all, slow and insufficient.
At the same time, new awareness is developing that ambitions must be elevated and established conceptual frameworks need to be dramatically enhanced. These transformations will require new measures of human and societal well-being, infrastructures that support unfolding processes of digitalization, re-envisioned arrangements for provisioning goods and services, and elimination of fossil fuels from current and future energy portfolios. Moreover, these objectives will need to be pursued through strategies that prioritize global equity, honor commitments to just transition, and consider new realities triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
SSPP welcomes contributions that seek to clarify and advance the post-2030 agenda. Priority will be given to papers that aim to foster dialogue between scientists, policy makers, and practitioners and a range of formats is encouraged: research articles, brief reports, commentaries, and reflective essays (see the journal’s Aims and Scope section for further information).

Call for paper for Special Issue on Politics and Governance

Deadline for submissions: June, 2023
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Inter-generational matters are relevant in many societal issues, many of which require consideration from an equity or justice perspective. For instance, climate change requires current generations to invest in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, lessening the financial burden on future generations, and minimizing adverse impacts of climate change that are likely to affect the latter. The financial debt of countries today to cover governmental expenditures also affects the financial conditions of future generations. Nevertheless, democratic governance as seen in many countries today suffers from political “short-termism” as a structural problem of electoral democracy, because voters tend to vote for those who contribute to maximizing the well-being of the “generation of today,” ignoring that also the “decisions of today” will greatly impact the future (read more at this link).

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 (read more at this link).                        

Call for chapters -  Sufficiency in Businesses

Deadline for submissions: January 31th, 2023

The book aims to contribute to the conceptualization of sufficiency in businesses as well as the empirical investigation of practical examples. This can extend to research on companies devoted to related concepts such as degrowth or non-growing companies, other organizational forms such as non-governmental organizations, energy cooperatives, purpose organizations, or common good economy, and studies from different sectors such as housing, mobility, food, or consumer goods. Another possible focal topic can be sufficiency-oriented businesses in the circular economy. We invite contributions that suggest practical paths for companies and other organizations to adopt sufficiency-oriented efforts, as well as contributions that highlight policy approaches to effectively support those efforts. The consumer perspective on sufficiency-oriented businesses, e.g. the perception and acceptance of sufficiency-promoting initiatives, also lies within the scope of the book.

For any queries related to the call for chapters, please contact Maike Gossen 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.

Publications by Members

A Research Agenda for Food Systems
Elgar Research Agendas
Colin L. Sage

The volume attempts to be interdisciplinary and accessible in its approach to reviewing many of the pressing contemporary problems facing food systems, including the growing concentration and power of large agri-food corporations, the contribution of food production to climate breakdown, the exploitation of agricultural labour, food poverty, and the reconfiguration of animal bodies. Reviewing possible ‘solutions’, chapters then examine the potential for a digital agricultural revolution, the contribution of alternative proteins in dietary change, and the emergence of regionalized and regenerative food systems. The book concludes with a look towards hybrid foodscapes, exploring how design can help us to re-imagine our stake in food systems of the future.

Towards Sustainable Wellbeing: Moving beyond GDP in Canada and the World
University of Toronto Press
Hayden, Anders, Céofride Gaudet and Jeffrey Wilson

Towards Sustainable Well-Being  highlights a distinction between a reformist beyond-GDP vision, which seeks to improve policymaking and quality of life within existing political and economic institutions, and a transformative vision aiming for more fundamental change including a move beyond economic growth. Illustrating the many advances that have occurred in Canada and internationally, Towards Sustainable Well-Being proposes next steps for both the reformist and transformative visions, as well as possible common ground between them in the pursuit of sustainable well-being.

Energy Conservation Behaviors, Climate Change Attitudes, Income, and Behavioral Plasticity

Human Ecology
Kaplowitz, S. A. and Boucher, J. L.

We examine the associations among (a) performing 12 different household energy conservation behaviors (HECBs) and (b) attitudes about anthropogenic climate change (ACC), and (c) household income. From a survey representative of the United States, we ask how the magnitude of these associations varies with the economic and the non-economic costs of the time and discomfort (hassle) of a behavior. We also examine the relationship of these costs to the plasticity (behavioral malleability) of a HECB. We find that non-economic costs strongly correlate with plasticity and with performing the HECB. However, when controlling for these non-economic costs, economic costs have virtually no association with these variables. Among these HECBs, the behavior with the strongest initial economic savings (not driving alone) shows the strongest association with income (a negative association). In contrast, for most behaviors we studied, ACC attitudes were a much better predictor than household income.

Co-developing sustainability – a consumer-inclusive approach to wooden housing business in Finland
Housing Studies
Eliisa Kylkilahti, Minna Autio, Viktor Harvio

The housing construction industry can address sustainability issues by developing its business practices. This requires a shift from a firm-driven business logic to a consumer-inclusive approach where consumers and businesses together enhance sustainable development. By analyzing data from focus group discussions with both industry experts in the wooden multi-storey construction business and consumers residing in novel wooden buildings, this study examines how businesses can engage consumers in the development of sustainable housing. The results are presented as an iterative dialogue process that acknowledges consumers as important actors to whom innovative housing solutions should be appropriately introduced and whose lived experiences need to be understood. The findings indicate that consumer experiences can feed the creation and uptake of innovations that enhance sustainability in the construction sector. The study fosters the material aspect of sustainable housing and, by highlighting consumer participation and communication, proposes tools for its consumer-inclusive co-development.

Neurotic Beauty: An Outsider Looks at Japan
Water Street Press
Morris Berman

Neurotic Beauty is a remarkable reevaluation of Japan s role in the modern world. It includes a new assessment of the events leading up to the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, and of the potential role of Japanese philosophy in creating a dynamic approach to human nature and our understanding of reality. The book also shows the interrelatedness of various facets of Japanese history and society, including psychological orientation, pop culture, and Japan s vibrant craft tradition. Finally, it concludes with a possible prediction, that whereas the United States will not be able to escape from its neoliberal economic categories and its commitment to a self-defeating philosophy of growth, Japan might surprise us, and turn out to be the frontrunner in the development of post-capitalist alternatives in the 21st century. Written in a personal and accessible style, the book is likely to provide a focus for debate about issues of economy, ecology, and sustainability for years to come.

Everyday People Save the Planet and So Can You: A Qualitative Examination of Green Lifestyles in Lowcountry South Carolina
Lexington Books
Deborah McCarthy Auriffeille

Everyday People Save the Planet and So Can You: A Qualitative Examination of Green Lifestyles in Lowcountry South Carolina examines three interview studies, conducted over the last two decades, with green parents, choice utility bike commuters, and necessity utility bike commuters. This book draws on qualitative analyses of the data and literature (social practice, social innovation, embodiment, and attention economy research/theory) to ask and answer the question of how advocates and policy makers can enable pro-environmental behavior in people’s everyday lives.

Why do we consume so much?
Consumption and Society
Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier

In the context of the calls for sufficiency held by climate experts, consumption is a major lever of ecological transition. Numerous international reports, non-governmental organisations (NGO) advocates and media articles highlight the need for consumers to change their consumption behaviour to achieve sustainable development. For their part, governments in many countries have implemented sustainable consumption policies to guide consumers towards behaviours that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Welch and Southerton, 2019). This centrality of consumption is also found among climate change deniers and opponents of environmentalist discourses, as they often defend a way of life (Lamb et al, 2020). This vision of consumption as the result of individual choices has been widely criticised by social science scholars who have shown that it is far removed from the reality of consumption practices, which are rather driven by collective dynamics (Shove, 2010). Consumption practices are embedded in collective frameworks and permeate our lifestyles, not only giving rhythm to our daily lives but also structuring our social moments (Boström, 2020). Practice theory is the field of research most concerned with the analysis of the collective embeddedness of consumption practices (Warde, 2005). Research has highlighted the role played by meanings, material structures and skills in the performance of consumption practices (Shove and Pantzar, 2005). The strength of these different studies is that they opposed very behavioural and individualistic approaches to consumption and utilised a social and structural vision that is much closer to reality. Scholars have shown strong inertia in consumption practices, owing to the collective frameworks that link the temporal coordination of activities within the household (Plessz and Wahlen, 2020) to the social norms or values that guide these social practices (Sahakian et al, 2020). However, this approach provides little clarity concerning why individuals adopt certain practices, or to put it in terms used by practice theorists, why a practice recruits practitioners. In this article, I address the following questions: How did affluent consumption come to impose itself on our societies as a way of life? How have individuals been transformed into affluent and insatiable consumers? How does the affluent consumption governance regime work and what are its main lock-ins? To answer this question, I present an agenda paper that reflects on economic sociology and Foucault’s reading of power. I show the existence of government of consumption that relies on different power devices: public policy instruments, corporate economic models, managerial tools and market technologies underpinning the value regimes of consumption based on accumulation and affluence. Among the power devices, market technologies contribute to building and activating consumer dispositions for this form of consumption, shaping consumer conduct accordingly with business models, founding the norms of affluent consumption.

Consumer Activism

Promotional Culture and Resistance

Eleftheria J. Lekakis

Consumption and resistance are entwined. From buying fair-trade, to celebrity advocates for social causes, to subvertising and anti-consumerist grassroots movements, consumer activism is now a key part of our fight for social and environmental justice. This book is a comprehensive exploration of the complexities and dilemmas of using the marketplace as an arena for politics. It goes beyond simply buying or boycotting to critically explore how individuals, collectives, corporations and governments do politics with and through consumption.

 The wellbeing economy: Possibilities and limits in bringing sufficiency from the margins into the mainstream

                                                              Anders Hayden and Clay Dasilva

The idea of sufficiency faces great obstacles in contemporary political economies in which production and consumption growth has long been considered imperative. Despite evidence supporting calls for a sufficiency-oriented, post-growth approach to environmental challenges, only pro-growth environmental perspectives have found significant mainstream political support until now. However, one recent formulation that has a strong affinity with a sufficiency approach – a wellbeing economy – has found growing support among mainstream political actors including governments and international organizations. Does the growing support for a wellbeing economy represent the long-sought breakthrough for a sufficiency-oriented, post-growth environmental approach? To help answer this question, we conduct case studies of New Zealand, Scotland, and Iceland – the three founders of the Wellbeing Economy Governments (WEGo). These nations have (to varying degrees) taken steps to downplay the centrality of economic growth and instead highlight wellbeing as the ultimate goal. They have also moved “beyond GDP” by introducing new wellbeing measurements and using them in policymaking. However, movement in a post-growth direction is limited by continuing dependence on economic growth to achieve intermediate goals, such as employment creation and provision of welfare state services, that are closely associated with the goal of wellbeing. We therefore characterize the emerging practice of the wellbeing economy as a “weak post-growth” approach. To become a “strong post-growth” perspective, it needs to be linked to a much more challenging project of disentangling contemporary societies’ dependence on economic growth. The article includes a discussion of ways that WEGo nations could contribute to addressing that considerable challenge and build on the sufficiency-oriented elements evident in the wellbeing economy.

Connecting disciplines and decades

 Ilan Kelman

Thank you to the recent “Climate Endgame” perspective (1) for the apt call for more investigation into“bad-to-worst-case scenarios”of human-caused climate change, including possibilities for“worldwide societal collapse or even eventual human extinction.”As researchers, we understandably always promote more research while retaining, as a high priority, new science taken up by policy and practice agendas. As researchers, we also have a duty to ensure that we fully draw on previous work—even before the 1988 date given in the perspective’s (1) second sentence.

Food-Miles and the Relative Climate Impacts of Food Choices in the United States
Environmental Science & Technology
Weber, C. L., & Matthews, H. S.

Despite significant recent public concern and media attention to the environmental impacts of food, few studies in the United States have systematically compared the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with food production against long-distance distribution, aka “food-miles.” We find that although food is transported long distances in general (1640 km delivery and 6760 km life-cycle supply chain on average) the GHG emissions associated with food are dominated by the production phase, contributing 83% of the average U.S. household’s 8.1 t CO2e/yr footprint for food consumption. We suggest that dietary shift can be a more effective means of lowering an average household’s food-related climate footprint than “buying local.” Shifting less than one day per week’s worth of calories from red meat and dairy products to chicken, fish, eggs, or a vegetable-based diet achieves more GHG reduction than buying all locally sourced food.

The climate crisis and the global green new deal: The political economy of saving the planet

Trakya Üniversitesi İktisadi ve İdari Bilimler Fakültesi E-Dergi
Özden, O.

Climate change is a hot topic spreading to almost every discipline like physics, biology, anthropology, climatology, economics, and politics. Although the origins of climate change studies date back to the 19th century, studies on climate change have increased drastically in the first two decades of the 21st century. It is an economic and political issue as well as an issue discussed in natural sciences. So, in the political area, green new deal projects have been discussed nowadays.

Higher Education Needs a New Mission: How about Climate Justice?

                                                         Boston Globe
                                                         Boyle, A. D. and J. C. Stephens

In Boston, we’re proud of our “eds and meds”-driven innovation. Metro Boston has more universities per capita than any other region in the world. Given that colleges and universities claim to advance innovation for the public good, one might assume their density here would place us among the most healthy, equitable, socially just urban areas. Instead, Boston consistently ranks as one of the most unequal, segregated cities in the country, with extreme disparities in health, wealth, and climate vulnerability.

Comprehensive evidence implies a higher social cost of CO2


                                        Kevin Rennert et al.

The social cost of carbon dioxide (SC-CO2) measures the monetized value of the damages to society caused by an incremental metric tonne of CO2 emissions and is a key metric informing climate policy. Used by governments and other decision-makers in benefit–cost analysis for over a decade, SC-CO2 estimates draw on climate science, economics, demography and other disciplines. However, a 2017 report by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) highlighted that current SC-CO2 estimates no longer reflect the latest research. The report provided a series of recommendations for improving the scientific basis, transparency and uncertainty characterization of SC-CO2 estimates.

A Conceptual Framework of    Climate Action Needs of the Least Developed Party Countries of the Paris Agreement

                                 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

                                                           Usman Sattar

This article provides a framework for conceptualizing climate action needs grounded in the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of the least developed party countries (LDPCs) of the Paris Agreement (PA). It examines the NDCs of 35 LDPCs recorded in the NDC public registry of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). A grounded theory approach is adopted to assess what these countries need to materialize their NDCs under the PA. A conceptual framework of needs is figured out through an iterative process of data collection and analysis in three cycles: (1) open and in vivo coding; (2) axial coding; and (3) theoretical or selective coding. The data are analyzed with the help of NVIVO software. The results provide a verifiable framework of needs for climate action, which includes 55 saturated need factors extracted from the writing excerpts of NDCs, 17 sub-categories (axial codes) with climate finance and technology transfer as the most prominent, and 7 theoretical or selective categories with mobilize, educate, governmental, synergic, levels, equity, and public health. It provides a baseline for policy, research, and action from the developed party countries to uphold their PA obligations.

Sharing economy rebound: The case of peer-to-peer sharing of food waste
Subtainable Production and Consumption
EstitxuVillamor,OrtziAkizu-Gardoki,Jukka TaneliHeinonen,GorkaBueno

Identifying the energy needs of citizens and taking into account different lifestyles and patterns of consumption is a first step for a global transformation towards renewable, fair and democratic energy systems. Currently, Total Primary Energy Supply (TPES) is the most widely used metric of energy consumption, which only includes the energy consumed within a country. This research addresses an alternative indicator, Total Primary Energy Footprint (TPEF), which also includes the energy embedded in imported goods and services. The research is innovative in its pioneering combination of a Global Multi-Regional Input-Output (GMRIO) methodology with household budget surveys (HBS) and consumption to production sectorial bridge matrices to calculate TPEF at a small community level. Errekaleor, the largest off-grid alternative intentional community located in Basque Country, Spain, was taken as a case study. Thus, the combination of GMRIO and HBS in the analyzed bottom-up case study made an important contribution in terms of clarifying the existing debate about the relative energy efficiency of alternative communities.

We're very pleased to welcome 16 new SCORAI members who joined the network since our last newsletter, bringing our organization's total membership to 1,445 individuals. New members include:
  • Sanneke Kloppenburg , Wageningen University & Research , Wageningen, Netherlands
  • Sean Irving, University of East Anglia,  Norwich, UK
  • Joya Kemper, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Louise Gallagher, University of Queensland, Sustainable Minerals Institute, Development minerals program, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Michelle Burton, Kent State University, Kent, United States of America
  • Karen Onthank, Integrative Strategies Forum, Silver Spring, United States of America
  • Bogomil Kohlbrenner, University of Geneva, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Daniel Orth, Austrian Institute of Ecology, Vienna, Austria
  • Tom Smith, LMU, Munich, Germany
  • Elias Lüthi, Centre marc bloch, Strasbourg/ Grand Est, France
  • Stylianos Syropoulos, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, United States of America
  • Miguel Sánchez, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Daganzo De Arriba, Spain
  • Shayda Azamian, Vanderbilt University, Department of Human & Organizational Development, Brentwood, United States of America
  • Niels Heine Kristensen, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark,
  • Ramananandro Oniniaina Valérie, University of Antananarivo Madagascar / CERED, Madagascar, Madagascar
  • Ewa Solarz, TAILORS Group, Warszawa, Poland


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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