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SPRG Finale Event

11 September 2013, London
2pm-7pm | Plenary 5-6pm
Mary Ward House, 5-7 Tavistock Place,
An exhibition of ideas and panel discussion
Sustainability | Social Practices | Policy will bring together the SPRG's leading social scientists in the field of sustainable consumption with an invited audience of policy makers, academics, business people and NGOs. The event will showcase the SPRG Exhibition as well as a panel discussion with:

Lord Gus O'Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary 2005-2011

David Nussbaum, Chief Executive, WWF-UK

Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer

Ute Collier, Carbon Footprinting, Committee on Climate Change

Prof. Dale Southerton, Director, Sustainable Practices Research Group

Chair: David North, Executive Director, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester

A video of the panel discussion will be available on the SPRG website. More information on the event can be found here.



The Sustainable Practices Research Group programme is a sister project to SLRG and involves seven research projects aimed at delivering a multi-level (macro-meso-micro) analysis of three environmentally-sensitive practices - eating, water-use and sheltering. In addition, four Fellowships provide insights into the capactiy and potential of communities, systems of transitions and micro-economic policies for shifting practices of consumption. By examining the importance of collective understandings, routines and  habits, and the material and social circumstances which constrain practices, the programme of research offers a fresh perspective on policy relevant issues.
The research partnership is organized on a hub-spoke model, with the hub of the Group at Manchester and partners at the Universities of Cardiff, Edinburgh, Essex, Lancaster, Leeds, Queens University Belfast (with additional collaborations at Newcastle and Durham), and  Salford.