The Sustainable Consumption Institute
The Sustainable Consumption Institute seeks to advance an understanding of the social practices of production and consumption and the way they shape the sustainable provision of needs. In our research on sustainable cities, business model innovation, and social imaginaries we find that digitalization, both in terms of the artefacts it entails, and the imagined futures it invokes, can have substantial impact on consumption patterns, complementary to the changes it generates in practices of production. The SCI is committed to a critical interrogation of such changes to see how so-called digitalization delivers on its promises. As part of this work, members of SCI increasingly employ mixed research methods utilizing machine learning and text mining. Relevant current research projects include Digital Platforms in Urban Contexts, The Coordination of Grassroots Innovation Networks, Agent Based Modelling for Transition towards the Circular Economy, regional industrial systems and networks, and Decentralised Energy and Smart Cities.