Sustainable Consumption Research Group
Sustainable Consumption is a multidisciplinary research group that focuses on people's influence on sustainability as users of products and services, ranging from consumer durables and clothing. Members apply theoretical and practical knowledge from design and related disciplines to environmental and social sustainability, often integrating expertise in design with research frameworks drawn from the social sciences.
The group is based in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment but works closely with sustainability experts across the University.
In the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings, which assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Nottingham Trent University was ranked 4th in the world for Responsible Consumption and Production. The ranking measures universities’ research on responsible consumption and their approach to the sustainable use of resources.
Staff are active in the following areas of research:
- product lifetimes of consumer durables (e.g. vehicles, electrical and electronic goods, furniture etc.) and semi durables (e.g. clothing)
- sustainable design and consumer/user behaviour
- innovative business models
- sustainability and marketing
- the repair and maintenance of consumer goods
- reuse and upcycling
- social innovation, collaborative consumption and social practices
- sustainable materials and supply chains
- product-service systems
- craft-based practices
- human-powered products
- interdisciplinary practices and pedagogy.
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