SCORAI Summer School

Deadline for applications is February 10, 2020

June 8-9, 2020
Northeastern University, Massachusetts, USA


We are inviting early-career researchers and practitioners working on sustainable consumption to an intense 2-day pre-conference/summer school held immediately prior to the 2020 conference at Northeastern University (June 8-9, 2020). The summer school will explore sustainable consumption as a field of transdisciplinary convergence research, establish networking and mentoring structures, and provide opportunities to receive in-depth feedback on ongoing research projects. 

Sustainable consumption research

Sustainable consumption research (SCR) is a relatively young field that aims to contribute viable and evidence based solutions. It poses a number of distinct challenges that characterize it as a field of convergence research: it is systemic, crosscutting, problem-driven, and does not readily comply with the established boundaries of single scientific disciplines. Developing solutions to consumption challenges requires a convergence of approaches that span disciplinary boundaries and involve different societal stakeholders. Mapping and building out such approaches in sustainable consumption is an opportunity to advance our understanding of the dynamic interactions between human consumption choices and natural systems and to develop solutions with sustainable impact. 

The Summer School 

The summer school offers early-career researchers the opportunity to connect with peers and senior colleagues and engage with fundamental questions of the inter- and transdisciplinary field of SCR. The two-day event aims to provide some fundamental orientation around current topical and methodological trends in SCR, provide opportunities for exchange and build a community of practice among early-career professionals in sustainable consumption who self-identify as convergence thinkers, researchers, and practitioners.


The summer school will comprise different types of activities: 

  1. Lectures, discussions, and workshops by established sustainable consumption researchers and practitioners exploring SCR as a field of convergence research. 
  2. Presentation of and feedback on individual projects of early career researchers in SCR.
  3. Networking and mentoring activities to connect early career researchers and practitioners to each other and to established scholars and practitioners in the field 

A detailed program will be available here shortly. 


The official program begins on Monday, June 8, at 10am. The summer school ends on Tuesday, June 9, with a get-together in the evening. Participant accommodation is reserved in student dormitories on campus. We are working on getting external funding to cover expenses and make participation at the SCORAI 2020 Summer School as accessible as possible. 


To apply for the summer school, please fill in and submit the application form until February 10, 2020. You will be notified about the result of the selection process in the first week of March 2020. 

The application form will ask you to provide the following documentation: 

Convenors and contacts

Dr. Manisha Anantharaman is an Assistant Professor of Justice, Community and Leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California, USA, where she is also affiliated with the Global and Regional Studies and Earth and Environmental Science programs. She was the as the Alba Viotto Invited Professor in Sociology at the University of Geneva in Spring 2019. A multidisciplinary problem-driven social scientist, she studies the potential for, pathways to, and politics of socially-just urban sustainability transitions, applying participatory and ethnographic methodologies. Her commitment to critical sustainability research emerges from and informs her community-engaged research praxis. She received her PhD from the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at the University of California Berkeley (2015), before which she worked as a program officer at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, India. Manisha also has a Masters’ in Biology from the University of Oxford, UK, where she was an Inlaks scholar. You can read more about her research and teaching at E-Mail: 

Dr. Daniel Fischer is an assistant professor at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. In his research and teaching, Daniel casts an educational perspective on the question of how sustainable consumption can be promoted through communication and learning. He uses inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to understand how consumption patterns evolve and change. Daniel has a strong interest in how innovative teaching and learning strategies like mindfulness, storytelling or citizen science can increase reflexivity in learners and – in an educational tradition – help us reshape our relations to the consumer societies that we have been born, encultured and socialized into in the industrialized world. More about his work can be found on the website of his SuCo2 research group (SuCo2: Sustainable Consumption & Sustainability Communication) at: E-Mail: