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Call for Abstracts

Mainstreaming Sustainable Consumption

Much is known about the problems of current consumption patterns and levels and potential remedies. However, successful examples of mainstreaming sustainable consumption remain scarce. This conference focuses on the challenges, strategies, and successes of mainstreaming sustainable consumption.

We invite interested researchers and practitioners to submit abstracts to the SCORAI Europe 2025 Conference.

Call opens: 17-06-2024
Call closes: 16-09-2024

This conference can be attended on-site and online. All sessions (except workshops) will be fully hybrid-enabled, allowing for full participation as online participant.

Two special issues in academic journals will be organised in coordination with the conference. Authors are encouraged to develop their conference abstracts into full papers and submit them to one of the two special issues. More information about the two special issues will be made available on the conference webpage in the fall of 2024.

The conference allows for three types of presentations:

1) oral presentation
2) poster
3) exhibition & performance

Oral presentation

Conference sessions will be organised by topics. Each session will contain 4-5 oral presentations and a panel discussion of all spreakers.

Required information:

  • Author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Title
  • Structured abstract (problem definition, method, results, significance to mainstreaming sustainable consumption), max. 500 words
  • The presenting author must indicate if they will be onsite or online
  • Presenting authors for an accepted oral session presentation (onsite or online) must register and pay for their conference attendance no later than December 15, 2024, to keep their slot. Late payment might result in their oral presentation slot being converted into a poster presentation or canceled.
  • Authors must pick at least one conference topic and might pick a session their paper should be attributed to.


Depending on the total number of posters, several poster sessions will be scheduled during the conference. Authors can choose to submit their abstract for this session. In addition, abstracts submitted for oral presentations can be accepted as poster presentations instead, depending on space limitations for oral presentations in the program.

Poster authors are responsible for producing their posters. (The conference organisers will provide the contact details to Lund University’s Media Print, which might be used for poster production.) At least one author for a poster presentation needs to be onsite for the conference.

Required information:

  • Author(s) and affiliation(s)
  • Title
  • Structured abstract (problem definition, method, results, significance to mainstreaming sustainable consumption), max. 500 words
  • Presenting author must be onsite

Exhibition & Performance

We welcome non-standard and creative input to the conference, which can be an exhibition or a performance. This might focus on a research project, an organisation supporting sustainable lifestyles, or socio-ecological innovations. Such novel formats will be accepted in so far as they are significant to the topic of ‘mainstreaming sustainable consumption’ and if their main purpose is non-commercial. The organisers will do their best to accommodate requests based on available resources.

Required information:

  • Organiser(s)
  • Title
  • Description of exhibition or performance (practicalities in terms of timing, overview of objectives and format, significance for mainstreaming sustainable consumption), max. 500 words
  • Description of support needed from conference organisers (space, furniture, electricity, etc.)

Submitted abstracts have to be allocated to at least one topic. (Up to three tags are possible.) Topic tags are an indication for the programme committee, but not binding. Abstracts are evaluated based on their quality, not their topic allocation, but even high-quality abstracts can be rejected unless they address the conference theme ‘mainstreaming sustainable consumption’. We welcome theoretical as well as empirical contributions. Conference topics include, but are not limited to:

Lifestyles and Behaviour Change

  • Sustainable/low-carbon/1.5° lifestyles
  • high-impact behavior changes (eating, mobility, housing)
  • Barriers to and enablers of behaviour change
  • Rebound & spillover effects
  • Generational differences
  • Making sustainability a habit
  • Behaviour interventions

Society and Culture

  • Justice & inclusion
  • Consumption corridors
  • Inequality, agency & power in consumer society
  • Framing tensions and visions
  • Eco-influencers
  • Sustainability & art
  • Urban nature & well-being

Economy and Society

  • Alternative economic models
  • Post-/degrowth
  • Circular consumption
  • Sustainable business models
  • Dematerialisation & digitalization
  • Strong sustainability

Policy and Governance

  • Overcoming political barriers (e.g., vested interests)
  • Consumption-based policies
  • Urban planning
  • Participatory governance
  • Policy packages
  • Radical policies
  • Science-policy interface
  • Effective communication
  • High-impact policy-making (food, transport, housing)
  • Global perspective: different cultures, political systems, and supra-natural decision-making

Measurement and Assessment

  • Modelling and measuring change
  • Defining sustainability goals
  • Scenario and pathway building
  • Novel indicators
  • Experiments
  • Case studies
  • Living labs

Leadership and Examples

  • Examples of successful mainstreaming of sustainable consumption
  • Examples of successful sustainable business models
  • Examples of political leadership
  • Examples of successful individual behaviour change
  • The role of civil society
  • The role of researcher activists


Submitting authors can—but do not have to—indicate their interest in presenting in one of the following proposed conference sessions. The program committee will make the final decision on which sessions will be part of the conference and how oral presentations are allocated. Proposed sessions will be subject to changes, based on accepted abstracts, and to guarantee a coherent conference program. If proposed sessions do not match enough accepted abstracts, they might not be included in the conference program, and allocated abstracts re-allocated to different sessions.

Below, an overview of all proposed sessions to which abstracts can be submitted. For session details, click here.

Organising for strong sustainability - A case for sufficiency and regenerative practicesSupermarkets as key agents in Systems of Sustainable Consumption and ProductionSustainability, Sufficiency and Consumption in the East: Could Asia lead the way?Digital innovation, Systems of Provision and Sustainable Consumption
Everyday life and societal transformations: inequality, agency and power in consumer societyUsing case studies to explore the complexity of implementing reuse, repair, recycling, and other approaches to reducing consumptionThings becoming (sustainable) food: edibility, changing foodways and sustainable consumptionSustainable consumption and outdoor spaces: The role of urban nature for well-being in a warming climate
Public support for consumption-based policiesFraming Tensions & Visions of Sustainable ConsumptionStrong Sustainability: Exploring the howsEffects of economic policies on air travel and food
Powering Transformation: Pathways to Mainstream Sustainable Energy and Low-carbon SocietiesLiving Labs and Thinking Labs to Mainstream Sustainable Consumption and Lifestyles: visioning, experimenting and co-creating solutionsAt the intersections of influence: Exploring the Structure-Agency Nexus for Making Sufficiency a Habit in Consumption and Production systemsDiversifying communication approaches for sustainable consumption: Strategies for inclusive messaging
Eco-influencers: the best voices of sufficiency transition towards young peopleInclusion and Equity in Mainstreaming Sustainable ConsumptionGoverning a fair consumption space - how could we implement a fairer food environmentPolicies and Regulations for a Post-Growth Fashion and Textiles System
Transformation pathways for food systems through direct selling and short food supply chainsConsumption corridors: guaranteeing human well-being through upper and lower limits to consumptionCharting the Course: Exploring Strategies and Pathways to 1.5° Lifestyles amid Deep Barriers to TransformationConsumption-based climate and resource budgeting as a tool for socio-ecological planning
Social-ecological approaches to mobilityInterventions toward circular consumptionThe Future of Retail and ConsumptionDegrowth in Everyday life
Sufficiency business models: Fashion sector case studiesSufficiency through reprogramming institutions and material arrangementsSufficiency-oriented consumption practices for a circular societyA Post-Growth Society - Pathways to Sustainable Wellbeing?
Money can't buy it: reducing high consumption to unlock equity and wellbeingThe impact and potential of digitalization for sustainable consumptionAchieving sustainable mobilityArts and creative approaches to mainstreaming sustainable consumption

To submit your abstract, you need to log into your conference account, or create a new account here.

This account will later also allow you to register for the conference and curate your personal conference schedule.

If you need to create an account, go to 'Create account and submit contribution'. After having created your account you will be able to submit your abstract.

If you log in with your existing conference account, go to 'Your Submissions' after having logged in, and pick your preferred type of submission.

Should you experience any difficulties creating your account and submitting your abstract, please get in touch with the Conference Planning Committee: scorai2025 [at] iiiee [dot] lu [dot] se (scorai2025[at]iiiee[dot]lu[dot]se).