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An international collaboration of scholars

This project is being led and coordinated by the Environmental Policy Group (Wageningen University) and involves an international collaboration with consumption scholars across Europe, Asia and the USA.

Wageningen University & Research (NL)

dr Mary Greene – project lead and coordinator

Mary Greene is an Assistant Professor in the sociology of sustainable consumption at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. Mary applies theories of social practice in analysis of consumption across diverse cultural contexts and is experienced in multiple methods and research approaches.

prof dr Gert Spaargaren

Gert Spaargaren is professor of “Environmental Policy for Sustainable Lifestyles and Consumption” in the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. His main research interests are in environmental sociology, sustainable consumption and behavior, and globalization of environmental reform.

prof dr Sigrid Wertheim-Heck

Sigrid Wertheim-Heck is professor of Food and Healthy Living at Aeres University of Applied Science and a research fellow at the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University. She is a researcher in consumption sociology with a main area of interest in sustainable food and food security (access, safety, diversity and nutrition). Dr Wertheim Heck is also involved in conducting research on Vietnam for this project.

Ben Bultrini

Ben Bultrini is a research assistant at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science with a specialisation in Environmental Policy. His focus is on applying critical social theory to environmental and social issues. Ben is responsible for managing our website and supporting project coordination.


Margherita Marinelli

Margherita Marinelli is a Master student in Environmental Sciences with a specialisation in Environmental Policy at the Wageningen University. In her thesis she focuses on lifestyle changes and reflexivity related to food practices during the lock-down in Italy. Margherita contributed to the national report by investigating the sociopolitical context and by conducting many interviews in relation to her thesis.

Sara Mancinelli

Sara Mancinelli is an Environmental Sciences Master Student at Wageningen University with a specialisation in Environmental Policy and a Master-track in Sustainable Development Diplomacy (SDD). She is interested in applying a sociological lens to sustainable consumption and further understanding opportunities and barriers for de-growth and well-being.

University of Geneva (CH)

dr Marlyne Sahakian

As Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Geneva, Marlyne Sahakian brings a sociological lens to consumption studies and sustainability. Her research interest is in understanding everyday practices in relation to environmental promotion, social equity and social change. She is a co-founder of SCORAI Europe, a network for sustainable consumption research and action, and a member of ENOUGH, a network focused on sufficiency. She is also co-chair of the consumer research network of the European Sociology Association

Orlane Moynat

Orlane Moynat is a research assistant and a PhD candidate at the Institute of Sociological Research at the University of Geneva. She has a Master’s degree in Communication and Marketing with a specialization in consumer behaviour and a Master’s degree in Sociology with a specialization in sociology of consumption and sustainability. After a master thesis on de-growth and well-being, she is now working on a PhD thesis focused on consumption reduction and well-being. She has worked on various consumer-related research projects in sociology and political science.


Margot Chauderna

Margot Chauderna is currently completing a Master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Geneva. Her research interests concern gender studies in relation to sustainability and ecofeminisms, and to the production of critical and feminist pornography as well. She took part in the project by conducting many interviews in Western Switzerland.


University of Lancaster (UK)

dr Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs

Dr Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs is an interdisciplinary energy researcher interested in how ‘normal’ expectations of home are becoming increasingly energy demanding. Much of her work aims to bring the wealth of scholarship on the meaning and making of home into energy debates. Katherine is a Senior Researcher in Sustainability at Imagination Lancaster, Lancaster University. She is also involved in our research on the USA.’

University of Manchester (UK)

Dr Claire Hoolohan

Claire is a Research Fellow at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester. Her research is focused on putting social practice theories into action to achieve sustainable consumption through participatory projects with businesses, policy makers, and multidisciplinary research projects. Her main areas of interest are low-carbon diets and water demand.


St Mary’s College (USA)

dr Manisha Anantharaman

Manisha Anantharaman is an Associate Professor of Justice, Community and Leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California, USA. Her research and teaching interests connect sustainability and social justice, applying participatory and ethnographic methodologies to examine how economic and political ideologies, social identities, and power relations impact how sustainability is conceptualized and enacted at multiple scales. Her publications include an edited book on “The Circular Economy and the Global South” (Routledge, UK). 


TU Berlin (DE)

Prof Dr Dr Martina Schäfer

Martina Schäfer, Prof. Dr. Dr., biologist and sociologist, is a Scientific Director of the Center for Technology and Society at Technische Universität Berlin since 2010. Her research interests are sustainable consumption, regional development, food and agriculture, and methods for inter- and transdisciplinary research. Martina did her doctorate in environmental technology and sociology at TU Berlin.

Uta Böhm

Uta Böhm studied social sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin and has been working in empirical social research for many years. She has been working at the Center for Technology and Society at TU Berlin since 2017. As a research assistant in the project ENGITO she is primarily concerned with technical-sociological analyzes of work organization and energy efficiency.


dr Elisabeth Süßbauer

Elisabeth works with the Centre for Technology and Society at Technische Universität Berlin since 2015. She is currently head of the junior research group “PuR – Precycling as a means of Reource Efficiency“. She studied sociology in Münster and Salamanca and gained a PhD in Political Science from University of Kassel.

LMU Münich (DE)

Prof Dr Henrike Rau

Henrike Rau specialises in social-scientific and interdisciplinary sustainability research. Her work focuses on (un)sustainable consumption in relation to transport, food and energy, and theoretical and methodological aspects of inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability studies. Her publications include ‘Methods of Sustainability Research in the Social Sciences’ (Sage, 2013), ‘Challenging Consumption’ (Routledge, 2014) as well as 50+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

University of Oslo (NO)

dr Arve Hansen

Arve Hansen is a human geographer and Postdoctoral Fellow at Centre for Development and the Environment, where he leads a research group on sustainable consumption and energy equity. With a particular interest in the intersection between social practices and systems of provision, much of his research has focused on East Asia (mainly Vietnam).
Currently, he is doing research on food provision and practice in Norway and Vietnam, mainly focusing on the (de)meatification of diets. Arve is participating in our research on Norway as well as on Vietnam.


dr Ulrikke Wethal

Ulrikke Wethal is a postdoctoral fellow at Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. Her current projects focus on the social, economic and institutional barriers to up-scaling sustainable consumption in Norway, related to e.g. meat reduction, sharing, reuse and repair. She has previously worked with Chinese construction projects in Mozambique and South-South cooperation, and rural households’ experiences with power outages in Norway. Ulrikke did her PhD at the University of Oslo.

Johannes Volden

Johannes Volden is a Researcher at the Centre for Development and the Environment (University of Oslo). Johannes has an interdisciplinary academic background in Sociology, Human Geography, and Sustainable Development. His broad interests are in the field of sustainable consumption, and his current research focuses on consumer air-travel, meat consumption, and how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted consumers’ everyday lives and practices. 


Beijing Institute of Technology (CN)

dr Wenling Liu

Wenling Liu is Associate Professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research. Her research concentrates on sustainable (energy) consumption behaviors, particularly by applying theories and methods of environmental sociology, while focusing on the role and performance of environmental (climate) policy instruments in forming and transforming behavioral practices of both producers and consumers.  Dr Liu has a PhD in Environmental sociology from Wageningen University.

Renmin University of China (CN)

Dr. Lei Zhang

Dr. Lei Zhang obtained her master and doctoral degrees in environmental management from Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands and since 2002 she continued to work as teacher and researcher at Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. She joined the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Renmin University of China as associate professor since 2009. As an environmental sociologist, her research covers topics ranging from environmental policy analysis, governance of environmental flows to sustainable consumption. Since 2014, she serves as the contact person for SCORAI China and now as a Steering Committee member of Future Earth Knowledge Action Network. 

Sciences Po Paris (FR)

prof dr Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier

Sophie Dubuisson-Quellier is a research professor at Sciences Po (Paris) and deputy director of the Centre de sociologie des organisations (CNRS-Sciences Po).

She is working on how consumer behaviour is framed by companies, social movement and public policies. She is a member of the High Council on Climate (HCC) and co-chief editor of Revue française de sociologie.

Fanny Devaux

Fanny Devaux is a research assistant at SciencesPo Paris. She recently completed a Master’s degree in sociology there. Her master’s dissertation analyzed food-related practices during the lock-down in France.
Fanny joined the France team and conducted many interviews for the project in relation to her Master’s thesis.

Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca (IT)

dr Lorenzo Domaneschi

Lorenzo Domaneschi is Assistant Professor in Cultural Sociology and Food Studies at the University of Milano-Bicocca. His main research interests include food and wine culture, ethnography, theories of social practice and consumption studies. His last book is Fare cucina. La cultura della qualità alimentare tra arte e artigianato (Carocci, 2018) – The practice of cooking. The culture of food quality between art and craftsmanship.

NUI Galway (IE)

dr Emmet Fox

Emmet Fox is a researcher on the Principle Investigator Impact project with the CÚRAM centre and a board member with the SSRC at NUI Galway. He has researched leisure travel for the DEMAND centre while at the University of Birmingham, active energy consumers for the SHAPE-Energy project, and Responsible Research and Innovation while with RRING project at ARU. He has published on Bourdieu, climate change receptivity, and flying. Emmet has a PhD from the National University of Ireland Galway


dr Michael Hynes

Dr Mike Hynes is an Environmental Sociology Lecturer in the School of Political Science & Sociology at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, with long-standing research and teaching interests in sustainability and issues related to transport, urban design and liveability, and technology design, development, adoption and diffusion. He is Co-Chair of the Governance and Sustainable Development Research Cluster and Secretary of the Social Sciences Research Centre (SSRC) at NUI, Galway.

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