SCORAI China, a new member of SCORAI family, was launched at the International Workshop on Sustainable Consumption Research in China on November 16, 2014 at Renmin University of China in Beijing. This workshop was initiated by SCORAI, organized by the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Renmin University, and supported by the Chinese Environmental Sociology Committee of the Chinese Sociological Association.
A SCORAI China Working Group, including representatives from SCORAI and China, coordinated and organized this event. The aim of the workshop was to start to develop a network of Chinese researchers in the field of sustainable consumption and to connect this network with the global SCORAI network. Approximately thirty invited researchers from China, the United States, and Europe attended the event. The vice-president of Renmin University, Professor Dayong Hong, opened the workshop and his welcoming remarks were followed by introductions on SCORAI North America by Maurie Cohen, on SCORAI Europe and research in Europe by Gert Spaargaren, and a review of sustainable consumption research in China by Wenling Liu and Lei Zhang. A copy of the full workshop program is available here.
The idea of establishing an academic network on sustainable consumption in China was warmly embraced by the participants and many expressed their strong interest in its future development. Such a network will be extremely important and timely in breaking down the isolation of Chinese researchers in this field and promoting knowledge sharing, collaboration, and joint development of projects.
Lei Zhang will be the primary point of contact on SCORAI China and interested individuals are encouraged to contact her at LLLLEI63@hotmail.com. Chinese language press releases about the event are available here and here.
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