Making Consumption Sustainable

Prof. Alan Warde
University of Manchester, UK
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Personal and household consumption raise serious problems in relation to sustainability. Governments have, rather unwillingly, recognised the issue but lack policies that will effectively change behaviour. I will argue that this is because they operate with unrealistic assumptions about consumer behaviour. I suggest, in relation to the example of food, that to view consumption in terms of conventional practices rather than individual choices offers alternative promising modes of intervention.
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(Venue: B1100)