Conference Contribution Details
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Lavelle, M.J.
CONSENSUS International Conference on Sustainable Consumption
Conference coordinator and chair
NUI Galway
Conference Organising Committee Chairperson
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                       CONSENSUS International Conference on Sustainable Consumption (NUI Galway: 21-22 May 2015)   The CONSENSUS (Consumption, Environment, and Sustainability) Project, in conjunction with the National University of Ireland, Galway, hosted its second international conference on sustainable consumption on Thursday May 21st and Friday May 22nd 2015 at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The theme of the conference was ‘Sustainable Consumption Transformations: Implementation and Impacts’. This two-day conference provided an international platform for both scholars and policymakers in the field of sustainable consumption to discuss and debate on-going research in this important area; and focused on implementation and impact of research on policy and action. The conference programme comprised of a mix of presentations, panel discussions and lightning talks from policymakers, researchers and practitioners. Professor Martina Schäfer (Technische Universität, Berlin) provided the public keynote address on Friday the 22nd of May. Professor Schäfer’s address – entitled ‘Take-home messages for sustainable consumption' – explored the formulation of eight key consumption messages directed at promoters in politics and administration, as well as environmental and consumer organisations. The conference also featured a joint plenary from Professor Philip Vergragt (Tellus Institute and Clark University, USA); Gemma Adams (Forum for the Future, London); Neil Coles (Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production); and Kathleen Stokes (NESTA, UK). According to the CONSENSUS conference coordinator Dr Mary Jo Lavelle: "Our conference intended to explore opportunities for future research collaborations and facilitate exchange between currently existing sustainable consumption networks. The public lecture and panel discussion provided delegates an opportunity to reflect on household consumption and the various ways in which it impacts negatively on the environment, as well as to explore how a shift towards more sustainable consumption might be encouraged, measured and governed."   A feature of the first day of the conference programme comprised the launch of the final CONSENSUS research report. This report outlines the insights gained from foundational and exploratory research in relation to household consumption detailing international good practice and tools for governing that may enable consumption to become more sustainable. Novel methods and approaches are outlined which support more collaborative and co-produced transdisciplinary action for attacking the complex dimensions of transforming consumption. All outputs from the CONSENSUS Project are available from 
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