Consensus International Conference on Sustainable Consumption, 18-21 May 2012

Maurie Cohen, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

Maurie Cohen is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Director of the NJIT Graduate Program in Environmental Policy Studies, and Associate Faculty Member in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University. He has held prior academic positions at the University of Leeds (UK), Binghamton University (State University of New York), Mansfield College of Oxford University (UK), and Indiana University.  Dr. Cohen is the co-founder and co-convener of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI), an international  knowledge network comprising academics, policy makers, and NGO representatives working at the interface of material consumption, sustainable systems innovation, and economic transition. He is also the editor of Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy, an open-access e-journal dedicated to the wide dissemination of academic research and professional insights on sustainability.

Mike Goodman, King's College London, UK

Mike Goodman is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at King’s College London, with current research interests in the cultural politics of 'alternative' foods, environment and development, celebrity politics and the shifting geographies, moralities and politics of consumer cultures. He is the Deputy Head of Department for Education, Chair of the Undergraduate Board of Studies and Programme Coordinator for the Environment, Politics and Development MA degree.  He is currently on the editorial boards of International Journal of the Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Geoforum, Geography Compass (Environment and Society section), Capitalism, Nature, Socialism and has taken up a position at Ashgate as the book series editor for 'Critical Food Studies'.

Inge Ropke, Technical University of Denmark

Inge Røpke is an ecological economist and associate professor at the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Management Engineering, Section for Innovation and Sustainability. She has published widely on technology in everyday life, ecological economics, and the relationship between consumption and the environment. In collaboration with Lucia Reisch, she united a group of distinguished scholars to publish a reader on the latest state of knowledge on sustainable consumption. Her latest research has been focused on consumption from a practice theory perspective, energy use and information technology as well as consumers’ role within the growth engine.

Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University, UK

Elisabeth Shove is a professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. Her current research focuses on the relation between consumption, everyday practice and ordinary technology. She holds an Economic and Social Council (ESRC) Climate Change Leadership Fellowship on ”Transitions in practice: Climate change and everyday life“. Her further engagement involves the management team of the Sustainable Practices Research Group (SPRG), where she also acts as a co-investigator of three research projects on the cooling of occupied spaces, theoretical and conceptual integration of sustainable practices, and behavior with regards to sustainable consumption.

Kate Soper, London Metropolitan University, UK

Kate Soper is emerita professor of Philosophy at London Metropolitan University, and a visiting professor at Brighton University. She has published widely on environmental philosophy and theory of needs and consumption. Her more recent writings include What is Nature? Culture, Politics and the Non-Human (Blackwell, 1995), Citizenship and Consumption (co-editor, Palgrave, 2007) and The Politics and Pleasures of Consuming Differently (co-editor, Palgrave, 2008). Her study on 'Alternative hedonism and the theory and politics of consumption' was funded in the ESRC/AHRC 'Cultures of Consumption' Programme.

Tim Cooper, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Tim Cooper is a Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University. His research interests are multidisciplinary, embracing design, consumer behaviour, public policy and environmental ethics. He has specialist research expertise in product longevity and manages the Research Network and Product Life Spans, which he launched with financial support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. He is Contributing Editor of Longer Lasting Products (Gower, 2010). He has worked on several research projects funded by the European Commission in the field of sustainable consumption and has acted as research evaluator for the Research Council of Norway, the Irish Environmental Protection Agency and the Belgium Federal Science Policy Office. He was Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Environment Committee for its enquiry Reducing the Environmental Impact of Consumer Products.