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Sustainable Production and Consumption

Focus of our research

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:

  1. Sustainable communities and consumers
  2. Moving 'beyond compliance' in ethical sourcing
  3. Addressing strategic business challenges in the supply chain
  4. Implenting the circular economy on the path to a sustainable future

Read more in our Research Cluster Brochure.

PhD Opportunities

The Sustainable Production and Consumption research cluster is interested in supervising research that explores sustainable production and consumption. We welcome topics that take a ‘whole supply approach’, examining sustainable activities, attitudes and behaviours at different points in the lifecycle of products, and work around interventions and changing behaviour that go beyond existing approaches to changing consumption patterns and ethical consumption.  We are particularly keen in enhancing our research in sustainability and innovation in supply chain operations. For instance, at present we are exploring the innovative use of modern technology in improving supply chain efficiency and green practices in a complex and dynamic business environment to achieve a sustainability agenda and targets.  

  • Innovative Technology in the Circular Economy: Bridging the gap from the current state to achieve and manage the Circular Economy through innovative technology and process re-engineering (Prof Ming Lim).
  • Café Culture: Rising café societies? Business diversity, sustainability, consumer cultures and community creation (Dr Jennifer Ferreira).
  • Sustainable Businesses: Investigating the links between good ethical/environmental practices and productivity in the South African horticultural sector (Dr David Bek).

For all enquiries in the first instance, please contact Dr David Bek (

Guidance on Coventry University’s PGR eligibility and application process can be found here. 

More detail on the Centre for Business in Society can be found here or contact the Centre’s PGR Director, Dr Jason Begley (