Registration to open on January 22nd, 2018

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

“Sustainable Consumption: Fostering Good Practices and Confronting the Challenges of the 21st Century”

June 27–30 2018

Mitigating the social and environmental impacts of contemporary provisioning systems constitutes a grand challenge in the 21st century. Academics and practitioners from across disciplines as diverse as architecture, business, industrial ecology, sociology, and beyond are actively engaged both in deepening understanding of the scale of these problems and articulating solutions. Yet movement to implement sustainable consumption lags significantly behind these advances in knowledge.

In collaboration with the VELUX Endowed Chair in Corporate Sustainability and hosted by the Copenhagen Business School, the Third International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) will be held in Copenhagen on June 27–29, 2018. The event will comprise paper presentations, panel discussions, and keynote presentations by acclaimed speakers. Copenhagen has been in the vanguard of cities around the world actively engaged in facilitating more sustainable lifestyles and the conference will enable participants to learn firsthand about some of the world’s most sustainable solutions in the domains of transportation, food, energy, and urban design.

Building on earlier events at Clark University (2013) and the University of Maine (2016), the conference is expected to attract an international assemblage of researchers who value close interaction with policy makers and practitioners while pursuing co-designed interventions to enable progress toward a more sustainable future. We therefore enthusiastically encourage participation from representatives of academia, industry, government, and civil society organizations. Across these sectors, we invite colleagues with recognized and emerging expertise in topics related to sustainable consumption from interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and disciplinary perspectives. Topics that are anticipated to have prominent visibility at the conference include:

Emergence of post-consumerist lifestyles

Impact of the decline in wage labor on consumption practices

Role of behavioral economics and related strategies on consumption routines

Social practices research related to sustainable consumption

Sustainability and the transformation of agro-food systems

New conceptual approaches to social change

Alternative business models for new systems of provisioning

Collaboration and mutuality in creating more sustainable provisioning opportunities

Degrowth as a pathway for sustainable consumption

Policy frameworks to promote a circular economy

Consumption-based greenhouse gas accounting

Decoupling and dematerialization

Grassroots innovation to facilitate sustainable consumption

Redesigning socio-technical systems

Fostering sustainable prosperity

Financial system innovation

Challenges of reconciling sustainable consumption priorities in a globalized world

Post-consumerist and post-capitalist visions of the future

Social movements as enabling agents of societal transformations

Consumption and sustainable cities

Sustainable mobility

Renewable energy transitions

The conference organizers are currently negotiating with several journals about the prospect of special issues comprising papers presented at the conference. There is also the possibility that one or more edited books will be proposed for inclusion in the Routledge-SCORAI Book Series on Sustainable Consumption



Important Deadlines

May 2017 Preliminary release of Call for Participation

August 2017 Official release of Call for Participation

October 15, 2017 Deadline for submission of session proposals (maximum length 2,000 characters)

November 15, 2017 Deadline for submission of abstracts (max length 2,000 characters) (no late submissions will be accepted)

January 1, 2018 Notification of accepted session proposals and abstracts

January 15, 2018 Registration opens

April 15, 2018 Early-bird registration deadline

May 15, 2018 Paper submission deadline (approximate length 5,000 words)

June 1, 2018 Regular registration deadline (and deadline for SCORAI Outstanding Paper Award for Early-Career Scholars)

June 27–30, 2018 Conference!

Registration Fee (payment portal to open on January 22, 2018)

Early-bird registration (until April 15) US$350

Regular registration (after April 15)     US$400

Student registration*                             US$200

Conference Dinner                                US$  50

*A limited number of spots in the conference are reserved for students and will be allocated on a first-come basis. Once the available number of specially discounted registrations has been reached, students interested in participating in the conference will be expected to remit the full cost of registration in effect at the time payment is made. 

Conference Co-chairs

Maurie Cohen (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Lucia Reisch (Copenhagen Business School)

Wencke Gwozdz (Copenhagen Business School)

Emily Huddart Kennedy (Washington State University)

Scientific Advisory Board

Halina Brown, Clark University

Anna Davies, Trinity College Dublin

Edgar Hertwich, Yale University

Sylvia Lorek, Sustainable Europe Research Institute

Oksana Mont, Lund University

Jeremy Moon, Copenhagen Business School

Jaco Quist, Delft University of Technology

Inge Røpke, Aalborg University

Martina Schäfer, Technische Universität Berlin

Juliet Schor, Boston College

Ulf Schrader, Technische Universität Berlin

Linda Steg, University of Groningen

John Thøgersen, Aarhus University

Arnold Tukker, Leiden University

Philip Vergragt, Tellus Institute

Special Note of Thanks
The Conference Co-chairs are grateful to Professor Jeremy Moon, VELUX Endowed Chair in Corporate Sustainability at the Copenhagen Business School, for generous financial support. Other organizational partners of the conference include the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production, the Virtual Community in Research in Sustainable Consumption, and the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP).


Additional details about SCORAI are available at Questions regarding SCORAI 2018 should be directed to Louise Thomsen, Conference Coordinator, at