This research team focuses on the ultimate goals of living within environmental limits and the attainment of social justice, through the delivery of responsible business and ethical consumption practices.
Our research takes a ‘whole supply chain’ approach, examining activities, attitudes and behaviours at different points in the lifecycle of products. This stretches from technical development and supply through to consumption and post-consumption.
Our work focuses upon areas such as waste reduction, resource and energy efficiency, sustainable community and consumer behaviours, corporate values and supply chain governance.
Currently, our research agenda is framed by the interlinked concepts of the Green Economy, the Circular Economy and the Sharing Economy, which are highly influential in contemporary policy circles.
Our approach is making a distinctive contribution by shaping new iterations of the Circular Economy, which place increased emphasis upon the societal impacts of technical changes.
In addition to improving practices within the supply chain, our work engages consumers by raising awareness of the imperative for more sustainable lifestyles and decision-making.
Core Cluster Themes
There are four over-arching themes for the cluster:
- Sustainable communities and consumers
- Moving 'beyond compliance' in ethical sourcing
- Addressing strategic business challenges in the supply chain
- Implenting the circular economy on the path to a sustainable future
Read more in our Research Cluster Brochure.