August 25, 2016

SCORAI is a multi-regional assemblage of networks with independent groups in North America, Europe, China, and Israel

Our Mission

The Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) is a knowledge network of professionals working at the interface of material consumption, human well-being, and technological and cultural change. We aim to foster a transition beyond the currently dominant consumer society.

SCORAI provides a forum for scholars and practitioners striving to understand the drivers of the consumerist economy in affluent technological societies; to formulate and analyze options for post-consumerist lifestyles, social institutions, and economic systems; and to provide the knowledge for emergent grassroots innovations, social movements, and public policies.

For more information, download our activity report 2016-2018.

Our Board

The current SCORAI board of 2017.

Executive Committee

Halina Szejnwald Brown, Clark University

Maurie J. Cohen, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Philip J. Vergragt, Tellus Institute and Clark University

Deric Gruen, University of Washington

Anders Hayden, Dalhousie University


Robert Orzanna,


Samira Iran (TU Berlin)

Monthly Newsletter

Darcy Hauslik (Washington State University)

SCORAI Europe Newsletter

Gary Goggins (NUI Galway)

Our Partners

SCORAI collaborates with several organizations. It is a founding member of the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSPAC) and a member of the New Economy Coalition. International affiliates include SCORAI-Europe and SCORAI-China. SCORAI also contributes to the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPaC). SCORAI is actively involved in encouraging and facilitating the development of affiliates in other parts of the world (e.g. Israel, Brazil) and engages with the United Nations Environment Agency and its constituent programs.

We are proud partners with:

Our members

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NameAffiliationPositionResearch interest(s)External profile
Juana CamachoNTNU NorwayPhD candidateCircular economy and consumer behaviour, with a special focus on user acceptance.
Vanessa TimmerOne EarthExecutive DirectorSustainable consumption and production, social change, systems, sustainable lifestyles, futures
Robert OrzannaIndependent researcherDegrowth, sustainable consumption, good life, happiness, humane technology
Armand FaganelUniversity of PrimorskaHead of Marketing DepartmentMarketing, sustainable consumption, higher education
Esthi ZiporiNJIT & Rutgers-NewarkMobility and transportation; how to design for a post-private car urban environments
Benjamin SovacoolUniversity of SussexProfessor of Energy Policy, Director of the Sussex Energy Group, Director of the Center on Innovation and Energy DemandClimate change mitigation and adaptation, Electricity, Energy and political economy, Energy justice, Energy policy, Energy security, Environmental law, Environmental sustainability, Nuclear power, Public policy, Renewable energy, Research and innovation, Science policy, Science & technology studies, Sustainability and development, Transportation
Jorge PintoUniversity of MinhoPhD candidateConnection between sustainable consumption, ecological citizenship and the place of a basic income in those concepts
Ahmet TugerGebze Technical University PhD candidate Studying different types of sustainable consumption behavior
Gabriella Gyori –Independet researcherCircular economy and public procurements, embedding the concept of circular economy into the procurement legislation
Irene Garnelo GómezHenley Business School, University of Reading (UK)PhD candidateSustainable living, sustainable consumption, identity-based motivation and social marketing
Samira IranTU-Berlin
Ulm University
 PhD candidate
Research assistant
Sustainable consumer behaviour, Sharing economy, collaborative fashion consumption
Liridona SopjaniKTH Royal Institute of Technology SwedenPhD candidateEnvironmental and sustainability innovation, sustainable consumption practices, socio-technical transitions, co-creation
Maurie CohenNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyProfessor in the Department of HumanitiesFuture of consumer society, sustainable systems innovation, socio-technical transitions, urban mobility transformations
Stephan HankammerRWTH Aachen UniversityResearch AssociateCollaborative Value Creation, Sustainability oriented Innovation Management, Sustainable Consumption, Degrowth
Xanat Vargas MezaUniversity of TsukubaPhD candidateSustainable Design, Environmental Psychology, Social Networks
Aija FreimaneArt Academy of Latvia Associate Professordesign and sustainability; sustainable social wellbeing, design education
Jennie MooreBritish Columbia Institute of TechnologyAssociate Dean, School of Construction and the EnvironmentEcological Sustainability and Urban Systems, One-Planet Living, Urban Metabolism, Ecological Footprint Analysis of Cities, Ecocity Standards
Ulf SchraderTU BerlinProfessor of Economic Education and Sustainable Consumption; Director of the School of Education TU Berlin – SETUBSocial Responsibilities of Consumers and Corporations, Sustainable Consumption and the Work Place, Sustainable Consumption and Mindfulness, Consumer Education, Sharing Economy
Sylvia LorekSustainable Europe Research Institute, GermanyChairSustainable consumption governance, degrowth, the good life, sufficiency
Marlyne SahakianUniversity of LausanneSenior Researcher Sustainable consumption, energy, food, solidarity economy
Peter WellsCardiff Business School, Cardiff UniversityProfessor of Business and Sustainability; Head of Logistics and Operations Management; Co-Director Centre for Automotive Industry ResearchAutomobility; sustainable mobility; business models; socio-technical change; regulation and state policy for the automotive industry; wealth, affluence and ecological burden
Mark ReaderUniversity of Cambridge // Labour PartyResearch AssociateFarming, Sustainability, Energy, Transport, Virtue
Richard WilkIndiana UniversityDistinguished Professor, Director of the IU Food InstituteEnergy, food, consumer culture, gender
Usman SattarShanghai University, ChinaPhD candidateSustainable consumption, sustainability transitions, social change, social psychology, environmental sustainability, volunteerism, participatory development
Joachim H. SpangenbergSustainable Europe Research Institute SERI Germany and Helmholtz Centre for Environment Research UFZSERI Deputy Chair and research coordinatorDegrowth, sustainable consumption, sufficiency, environmental and biodiversity impacts of consumption
Haokun LiuCardiff Business School, Cardiff UniversityPhD candidateSustainable mobility and logistics; business model; socio-technical transitions
Ashley ColbyWashington State University and Rizoma Field School Colonia Uruguay (Co-founder)PhD candidateEnvironmental Sociology; Sociology of Food and Agriculture; Family; Inequality; Sustainability and Resilience; Consumers and Consumption; Globalisation; Social Movements; Science, Knowledge and Technology
Gui-Ying CAOInternational Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, AustriaSenior ScientistMigration, labour, household consumption, demography & consumption impacts on natural resources and environment
Christian BalaConsumer Association of North Rhine-Westphalia | Competence Center of Consumer Research North Rhine-Westphalia (CECORE NRW)Project managerSustainable consumption and production, social change, consumer behaviour, access economy
Karin BradleyKTH Royal Institute of Technology, SwedenAssociate ProfessorSustainable living, urban planning, consumption, sharing economy, post-growth society
Adrian SmithScience Policy Research Unit, University of SussexResearch Professor of Technology & SocietyGrassroots innovation and politics of innovation for sustainability
Philip VergragtTellus Institute, Boston; and Clark University, Worcester, MA, USAProfessor EmeritusSustainable consumption, lifestyles, technological innovation, technology assessment, Bounded Socio-technical experiments
Grégoire WallenbornSenior ResearcherUniversité Libre de BruxellesSustainable consumption; issues that cross environment, technology and daily life, wit a focus on energy and electricity grids
Brieanne BerryUniversity of MainePhD candidateSustainable consumption policy, waste reduction
Jean BoucherStony Brook UniversityPostdoctoral AssociateSocial group attitudes and behavior with respect to the issues of climate change, lifestyle, and personal carbon footprint
Craig HarrisMichigan State University Department of SociologyAssociate ProfessorFisheries, food and agriculture
Michael W. HowardUniversity of MaineProfessor of PhilosophyGlobal justice, basic income, carbon pricing and dividends, environmental justice regarding climate change
Emmanuel PrinetOne Earth, Vancouver, CanadaSenior AssociateSustainable production & consumption (and how to effect change: behavior change; strategies for change; emerging trends and patterns in consumption); complementary currencies; voluntary simplicity; tiny house movement; transition towns
Sonali DiddiColorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USAAssistant ProfessorSustainable Consumption and Production in the textiles and clothing industry, consumer behavior (values, attitudes and behavior), Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethical business practices, consumer citizenship
Paula Maria BögelLeuphana University LüneburgPostdoctoral AssociateEnvironmental psychology, consumer behaviour, socio-technical
transitions, sustainable behaviour at the workplace
Melanie Jaeger-ErbenCenter for Technology and Society, Technische Universität BerlinProject Leader, Senior ResearcherConsumption and Everyday Life, Praxeological Approaches to Consumption, Social Change and Social Innovation, Material Culture, Science and Technology Studies
Jennie C StephensNortheastern UniversityDean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and PolicyConsumption in the renewable energy transition, institutional and cultural innovations, energy democracy, climate resilience, fossil fuel divestment, energy consumption patterns and assumptions
Christopher R. WhynachtOrganizations and Social Change Research Group, College of Management, University of Massachusetts BostonPhD candidateIssues at the intersection of organizations and the natural environment, organizational sustainability, sustainable management of natural resource industries, ecological foundations of value chains and production networks, industrial ecology, sustainability transitions
Liridona SopjaniKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyPhD candidateEnvironmental and sustainability innovation acceptance and social desirability, inclusive and participatory methods towards change for sustainability, supporting mechanisms for individual and organisational change, ways of changing consumption practices
Adriana Budeanu Copenhagen Business SchoolAssociate professorSustainable consumption/sustainable lifestyles and tourism
Marc WolframYonsei University, Department of Urban Planning and Engineering, Seoul, South KoreaAssociate ProfessorCities and urban transformations; Socio-technical transitions; Resilience; Grassroots; Social innovation; Social enterprises; Energy; Water; Waste; Food; Mobility; Housing; Buildings; Built environment; Green space; Metabolism; Infrastructures; Governance; Policy; Planning; Practices; Discourse; Governmentality;
Ahmet Tugrul TugerGebze Technical UniversityPhD candidate & Research assistantSustainable consumption, Ethical consumption, Responsible consumption, marketing, sharing economy, consumer behavior, sustainable living
Arnold TukkerLeiden University, Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNOScientific director and professor of Industrial EcologyEnvironmental system analysis, Life cycle assessment, environmental input output analysis, industrial and city metabolism, sustainable business models, sustainable design, sustainable consumption, transition management and governance, sustainable macro-economics
Franziska Fröhlich University of Würzburg, GermanyPhD candidateSustainable Consumption, China, India, Food Production and Consumption, Discourse
Lukas KalaThe Department of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech rep.Assistant professorvoluntary simplicity research, individualization of environmental responsibility, lifestyle changes
Johan JanssonLund University School of Economics and ManagementAssociate ProfessorConsumer pro-environmental behavior, Marketing ethics, Value-Belief-Norm-theory, CSR, Product-Service-Systems (PSSs), Adoption of eco-innovations, Mobility behavior, Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs), Electric vehicles (EVs)
Karin DobernigVienna University of Economics and Business (Institute for Ecological Economics) & University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt (Department of Marketing & Sales)Research Associate Post-Doc & Teaching and Research AssociateSustainable Consumption Research, (Consumer) Food Waste
Gillian FosterInstitute for Ecological Economics
Vienna University of Economics and Business
e-Developer & Doctoral CandidateBiomass alternatives to industrial uses of fossil fuels, Sustainable consumption and policies for transition to low-carbon economy, Climate science and methodological pluralism: the case of the Shared Socio-Economic Pathways, Teaching ecological economics with innovative methods, i.e., Inverted/Flipped Classroom and digital tools, Applied econometrics, socioeconomics, ecological economics, interdisciplinary research, energy/climate research, scenario development, sustainable technologies
Chelsea SchellyMichigan Technological University Assistant Professor of Sociologyalternative technology adoption; alternative residential communities; energy practices; household resource consumption
Ulrika Gunnarsson-ÖstlingKTH – Royal Institute of TechnologyResearcherSustainable policy and planning, transitions, futures studies
Jolanta ZralekUniversity of Economics, Katowice, PolandResearcherSustainable consumer behaviors, anticonsumption/deconsumption, voluntary simplicity
Eimear HeaslipNUI Galway, IrelandPost-doctoral ResearcherCommunity low Carbon Energy Transitions, Sustainable consumption
Ernest GarciaUniversity of ValenciaPost-doctoral Researcher Department of Sociology and Social AnthropologyPost-carbon transition and degrowth
Manisha AnantharamanSaint Mary's College of CaliforniaAssistant ProfessorThe potential for and politics of sustainability transitions in emerging economies, urban sustainability, just sustainabilities
Gabriella DóciFree University AmsterdamPhD candidateEnergy prosumers, social innovation, renewable energy, grassroots communities, energy cooperatives, energy transitions
Babe O’SullivanOregon Department of Environmental Quality; Urban Sustainability Directors NetworkSustainable Consumption project leadlocal and state government policy to advance sustainable consumption and production; behavior change; communication; climate action planning; consumption based emissions accounting
Daniel FischerLeuphana University of LueneburgAssistant ProfessorEducation for Sustainable Consumption, Sustainable Lifestyles, Sustainability Communication, Alternative Needs Satisfaction
Jaco QuistTU Delf, NetherlandsAssistant ProfessorSustainable Innovation,
Participatory Backcasting & Transition Management,
Renewable Energy Transitions,
Social Innovation & social practices,
Sustainable Production and Consumption,
Technology assessment
Ian HamiltonU.S. Baha’i Office of Public AffairsRepresentative for Sustainable DevelopmentClimate change, climate finance, justice, equity, the role of faith groups
Ethan GoffmanMontgomery CollegeAdjunct Professor; Associate Editor, Sustainability: Science, Practice, & PolicyEnvironmental Justice, Transit and Smart Growth, Climate Change and Energy
Damian WhiteSocial Theory and Environmental Studies The Rhode Island School of DesignProfessorsustainable transitions, political ecology of green design, circular economy, ecosocialism and ecomodernization
Davide ArcidiaconoUniversità Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di MilanoResearcherolitical consumerism/collaboratory consumption/sharing economy
Lara MaestripieriUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaMarie Sk?odowska Curie postdoctoral fellowsolidarity purchasing groups/marginalisation
Neal GorenfloShareableExecutive Director
Sharing, new economy, cities, the commons
Charlotte Louise JensenAalborg UniversityPost Doctoral Researchersustainable consumption and production; social practices; change; energy
Barbara JarosInstitute for Ecology of Industrial Areas (IETU)Doctoral Research Fellowmeasurement of sustainable consumption and production, quality of life, instruments for implementation of sustainable consumption, new trends in consumers' behaviors and economic theory
Garry GogginsNational University of Ireland GalwayResearcherEnvironmental sociology; sustainable consumption; organization studies; knowledge transfer
Francesca CellinaUniversity of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland

Department for Environment Constructions and Design

Institute for Applied Sustainability to the Built Environment
Senior Researcherconsumer behaviour, socio-technical transitions, sustainable mobility, sustainable energy consumption
Anders Rhiger HansenAalborg UniversityPost Doctoral ResearcherSustainable consumption, energy consumption, practice theory, social relations, social structures, applied econometrics, sustainable technologies, fuel/energy poverty, energy prosumers
Andreas RühmkorfUniversity of SheffieldLecturer in Commercial LawCorporate Social Responsibility, sustainability, global supply chains, company law & corporate governance
Katharina GappBerlin School of Economics and LawGuest Lecturer and PhD studentSustainable energy consumption, Food Management, Food waste
Alice ReznickovaEmory UniversityVisiting Assistant Professor of SustainabilitySustainable consumption/behaviors/future and social dimensions of sustainable food systems
Smrithi AdinarayananAnaadi FoundationFounderEducation, Culture, Sustainability and Well-Being, Computer Science and Management
Julia Backhaus
Jean BoucherStony Brook UniversityPostdoctoral associateenergy-environmental systems, science, technology, and innovation policy; particularly socio-technical factors that influence cultural diffusion, institutional behavior, and learning in energy systems change
Ahmad MahdaviUniversity of Tehran/ and Sustainable agriculture and environment (retired professor (emeritus)insect/ pesticides/ chemicals/ biocides environmental regulatory toxicologist/ retired professor (emeritus)Pesticide/ chemicals/ biocides reduction and regulations for developing countries with concentration on the MENA region (pesticide/ chemicals residues in food/ consumer products, neem tree Azadirachta indica plantation in the Persian Gulf area, education for sustainable lifestyle, member of the SCP clearinghouse,.....
Reid LifsetSchool of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale UniversityResearch Scientist and Resident Fellow in Industrial EcologyIndustrial ecology, circular economy, extended producer responsibility, recycling and waste management
Emily Huddart KennedyDepartment of Sociology
Washington State University
Assistant ProfessorGreen consumption, local food movements, social practice theories
Nadine AndrewsLancaster University UK, Alfred Wegener Institute Germanypsychosocial factors influencing responses to ecological crisis (largely from ecopsychology and ecolinguistics perspectives)
Anna DaviesDepartment of Geography, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, IrelandProfessor and Chair of Geography, Environment & Societysustainable consumption; social practices; transitions and social change; sustainable cities; sustainable food systems; grassroots innovation; reuse and recycling;
Stephan WallaschkowskiBochum University of Applied Sciences / Leuphana University LüneburgCoordinator for Sustainability Education / PhD-CandidateSustainable Consumption and Gender, Promoting Sustainable Lifestyles, Behavioral Economics (“Nudging”)
Francesca FornoUniversity of TrentoAssociate Professor social movements, collective action, political consumerism, collaborative consumption, civic food initiatives
Karin SchanesVienna University of Economics and Business (Institute for Ecological Economics)Research associateSustainable consumption, food waste practices, social movements, practice-based movements, climate policy.
Tomás CarrozzaNational University of Mar del Plata (Argentina)Research assistantenvironment and food production
Carol HolstPostconsumersDirectorBranding post-consumerism for the U.S. mainstream, #EnoughStuff For Now (as defined by them not us)
Naji AkbarCollege of Architecture and Planning, Imam Abdurahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi ArabiaFaculty member
John PozziGlobal Resource BankShareholderbanking, economics, sustainability, and ecology
Andrzej Strza?kowskiUniversity of WarsawLaw studentSociological approaches to climate policy, like social practice theory and multi-level perspective

Our activities

Colloquium on Consumption and Social Change got underway on April 16, 2014, with the first presentation in this year-long discussion on consumption and social change. The series seeks to bring together scholars and practitioners concerned with social change into a sustained and free-flowing interaction that will hopefully generate novel insights, inform policy processes and political activism and contribute to new research directions.

Our networks

Get in touch with one of our regional networks.

  1. SCORAI China
  2. SCORAI Europe
  3. SCORAI Israel