Research topic: Consumption, Sustainability and Wellbeing
There is an urgent need to move consumption in a more sustainable direction in countries of both the North and the South.
The need for sustainable consumption
The environmental impacts of consumption and the urgency to transform the ways global elites and rich countries consume have been given relatively little attention in the research or politics of sustainability. In fact, the efforts to reduce the levels, patterns and impacts of consumption within the framework of the dominant economic growth paradigm have fostered perplexing anomalies and simplifications in the theory and policies of sustainable consumption. For most of its brief history, research and policies have been dominated by rational choice theory, market economics and technology positivism. The urgency of climate change has grudgingly opened for new thinking and a fledgling engagement with broader theories of social and technological change.
SUMs research on consumption
SUM is engaged with innovative research and new theoretical developments in sustainable consumption, including perspectives from social practice theory and the relationship between consumption and wellbeing in rich and middle income countries.