Making Consumption Sustainable

Prof. Alan Warde
University of Manchester, UK
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.
(Venue: B1100)