CFP SCORAI 2016_Deadline Approaching

Second International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) 

“Transitions Beyond a Consumer Society”

University of Maine, June 15–17, 2016


The Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative is holding its second international conference, “Transitions Beyond a Consumer Society” on June 15–17, 2016 at the University of Maine located in Orono, Maine, USA.

Keynote speakers: William Rees, John Ehrenfeld, Giorgos Kallis and Lucia Reisch

We invite diverse participation―including theoretical and applied contributions from representatives in academia, industry, government, and civil society organizations. Interdisciplinary perspectives and the work of emerging young scholars and practitioners are especially encouraged.  Young scholars are eligible for a new prize for the best paper by a young scholar or practitioner.

Session, paper and poster abstracts are welcome.  Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

Topic A: Visions of societies where the economy and culture are not principally built on mass consumption: sustainable lifestyles, steady-state economies, degrowth, systemic change, new economies (sharing, solidarity, local, grassroots), sustainable business/production, alternative financial systems, the commons, equity of wealth and income, sufficiency, sustainable cities, well-being, and post-capitalist/alternative futures.

Topic B: Insights into the obstacles to a transition beyond consumerist societies: dominant consumer culture, laissez-faire market capitalism, institutional lock-in and path dependency, prevalent value systems, dominant power relations, peer/social pressure, materialism and focus on economic growth, income and wealth inequality, and class and gender inequalities.

Topic C: Strategies for successful transitions: leverage points for systemic change, government policies, new business practices, partnerships, multi-stakeholder collaborations, grassroots innovations and bounded socio-technical experiments, design for sustainability/roles for designers, law as agent of change, communication and framing, teaching sustainable consumption, and methodologies for measuring progress/indicators.

Topic D: Theories of social change: socio-technical transitions, social movement theories, theories of cultural change, social learning theories, communication (including mass and social media), scenarios, visioning, and backcasting.

Topic E: Thematic domains of consumption: agribusiness and food, transportation, building and housing, energy transitions and climate change, leisure and vacation, and cities and urbanism.

Topic F: Pollution of consumer products with toxic compounds (including exposure and regulation): pesticides and genetically modified crops, toxic compounds in consumer products.


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