Virtual Emerging Careers Program

Pre-Conference organizers are re-imagining a virtual program for July

Organizers initially planned a pre-conference to engage early-career researchers and practitioners working on sustainable consumption in an intense 2-day pre-conference held immediately prior to the 2020 conference (June 8-9, 2020). The pre-conference was planned as a forum to 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. 

A reimagined proposal for a Virtual Emerging Careers Program is being developed to serve as a good replacement for the in-person pre-conference originally proposed. Thank you for your patience as we work to imagine an alternative mode of convening this great group of early career professionals.

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. 



At this point, we are convening an initial Webinar in July with three objectives

  1. Facilitate a robust discussion about the current state of the field informed by 5 lighting talks by leading experts which we will share with you beforehand, as well as two articles written by SC researchers.

  2. Get to know each other as convergence researchers, through 5 minute lighting talks presented by all the participants, in response to the prompt below

    1. What are you trying to do in your research, policy and practice work? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.

    2. How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?

    3. What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?

    4. Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?

    5. What are the risks?/ How long will it take?

    6. What are the midterm and final “exams” to check for success?*

  3. Assess the needs of this community and identify next steps and agenda items for a follow-up webinar.

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: