Sustainable Consumption & Social Justice in an Urbanizing World

On behalf of the international Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) and Northeastern University, we extend a very warm welcome to you all to the 4th International SCORAI conference which will be held from June 10-12, 2020 at Northeastern University, situated in the heart of Boston.

The theme for the 2020 conference is ‘Sustainable Consumption & Social Justice in an Urbanizing World’. With growing social and racial inequities and widening disparities among and within communities, patterns of consumption are shifting as are notions of “sustainable consumption”.  In an increasingly urban world where climate disruptions are exacerbating vulnerabilities of all kinds, there is growing acknowledgement of a need for systemic changes to alter societal expectations of resource use and consumption patterns.  At the same time, a consumer culture continues to perpetuate inefficient, resource-intensive practices that contribute to environmental destruction of all kinds. As corporate interests profiting from extractive, high-consumption, oppressive practices are strategically resisting change, coalitions of activists and advocates are advancing incremental and transformative change in different places at different scales.

We are looking forward to welcoming researchers and practitioners from around the world that are engaged in work integrating issues of social justice and sustainable consumption. The conference focus on urban issues and social equity provides an opportunity to reflect on, as well as expand, our sustainability conversations to integrate issues of privilege, oppression, justice and injustices.  Our overarching theme will be reflected throughout the program and over the coming months all are invited to submit session proposals and/or individual research paper abstracts.

Building on the success of previous SCORAI conferences (Clark University, USA, June 2013, University of Maine, USA, June 2016, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, June 2018) the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs (SPPUA) at Northeastern University is proud to host this exciting three day event.

Jennie Stephens and Frances Fahy
Conference Co-Chairs

   Jennie Stephens, Northeastern University, Co-Chair & local organizer

  Frances Fahy, National University of Ireland, Galway, Co-Chair

Further Information
Questions regarding SCORAI 2020 should be directed to


SCORAI 2020 Organizing Committee