The Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption is comprised of a network of academics and professionals working in a diverse selection of fields. The GRF-SPC draws its membership from more than 25 countries around the world. The membership brings a wealth of cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary experience and knowledge to the Forum, as well as being an inter-generational collaboration that connects more experienced researchers and practitioners with the next generation of SPC professionals.
Peter Adriance (USA)
Having represented the Baha’is of the U.S. on issues of sustainability since 1990, I am vitally interested in the discourse on sustainable consumption and production, particularly from an ethical and values perspective. I am also interested in learning practical means for achieving SCP and eliminating the extremes of wealth and poverty often associated with unsustainable consumption and production practices.
Manisha Anantharamam (USA)
Manisha Anantharamam is a tenure track Assistant Professor in Justice, Community and Leadership at Saint Mary's College of California in the Bay Area. Her research and teaching interests straddle the interconnected spheres of sustainability and social justice, applying participatory and ethnographic methodologies. Manisha received her PhD from the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at the University of California Berkeley (2015). Previously, she worked as a program officer at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, India, coordinating multiple research projects and organizing environmental education programs. You can read more about Manisha's research here.
Shilpi Kapur Bakshi (India)
Dr. Shilpi Kapur Bakshi is currently working as an Associate Fellow in Resource and Development Economics area under the Resources and Global Security Division at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). She completed her PhD. Economics from Washington University in St Louis, USA in 2008 and joined TERI in April 2009. She was the recipient of Graduate Fellowship, Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship, Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship and Bradley Fellowship during her doctoral studies. Prior to her PhD studies, she completed her bachelors and masters in Economics from Delhi University. Her current areas of interest include issues of sustainable development (including sustainable consumption production systems, sustainability of resource use and resource accounting), gender issues, fiscal policy and economic development. Her recent assignments at TERI include a project on environmental fiscal reforms in India, a European Union project on sustainability of bio-refineries projects and project looking at sustainable development in state of Goa in India. She has also worked on projects with the Government of India, particularly on the topics of institutional framework for sustainable development and green economy. She has participated in various national and international conferences. She presently holds the position of Area Convenor, responsible for managing the activities of the Resource and Development Economics area at TERI.
Gatis Bazbauers (Latvia)
Gatis Bazbauers, Dr.sc.ing., has a diploma of thermal engineering (1990), master of science degree in mechanical engineering (1995), doctor of science degree in engineering (1999) and bachelor’s degree in business administration (2002). He is a professor in the Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, Faculty of Energy and Electrical Engineering at Riga Technical University. Gatis Bazbauers, Dr.sc.ing., has a diploma of thermal engineering (1990), master of science degree in mechanical engineering (1995), doctor of science degree in engineering (1999) and bachelor’s degree in business administration (2002). He is a professor in the Institute of Energy Systems and Environment, Faculty of Energy and Electrical Engineering at Riga Technical University. He worked as a Managing Director in the energy company “Vattenfall Latvia” (1995-2007), as a Project Manager in the energy consulting company “EEE” (1992-1993). The main areas of the expertise are district heating systems and cogeneration, energy system planning and economics. The main research interests are renewable energy sources, sustainable energy system development, ecodesign, life cycle assessment. Relevant websites: http://www.videszinatne.lv; http://www.rtu.lv. He worked as a Managing Director in the energy company “Vattenfall Latvia” (1995-2007), as a Project Manager in the energy consulting company “EEE” (1992-1993). The main areas of the expertise are district heating systems and cogeneration, energy system planning and economics. The main research interests are renewable energy sources, sustainable energy system development, ecodesign, life cycle assessment.
Janis Brizga (Latvia)
Janis Brizga is Head of the Board at the NGO Green Liberty in Latvia and an Environmental Manager at Terra Libre, Ltd. Previously, he was the Environmental Policy Programme Director at WWF-Latvia, the Executive Director at Coalition Clean Baltic Latvia’s office. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Science at the University of Latvia, where he received his Master of Social Science in Public Administration and his Bachelor of Social Science. He is working on issues of sustainable development and sustainable consumption governance and environmentally friendly behaviour. He is the member of European Society for Ecological Economics.
Anthony SF Chiu (Philippines)
Professor Dr. Anthony SF Chiu (PIE ASEAN ENGR) is the EEI Chair Professor of industrial engineering at De La Salle University. From 1998 to present, he has served as international expert and consultant to five UN agencies in the field of industrial ecology (IndEco), sustainable consumption and production (SCP), and resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP) covering 68 country-economies in Asia Pacific, Europe, America, and Africa. Dr. Chiu led the writing of several UNEP/UNIDO/UNESCAP reports, including the AP Industry Paper as input to World Summit Rio+10 and Rio+20 in 2002/2012, AP SCP Paper to CSD18/19, and the RECP regional review. While back at home, Anthony serves the Philippine government as the “judge” of the National Pollution Adjudication Board, an entity equivalent to the Regional Trial Court for air, water, and pollution cases nationwide; as well as the Technical Panel of the Presidential Commission on Climate Change. He also serves several international organizations as President (APRSCP, APBITM, ISBITM, APIEMS), Board Member (ISIE, IFPR), or editor (PIIE, CIIE, JCLP, PIE); which publish international SCI / ISI journals in cooperation with MIT Press, Elsevier and Taylor.
Maite Lozano García Cortés (Mexico)
An environmental educator, expert on sustainable consumption and production issues, and environmental health researcher with an emphasis on toxics the home and air quality. PhD in Education with an emphasis on Pedagogical Mediation at La Salle University of Costa Rica and the Veracruzana University. Master of Science in Environmental Education at the University of Guadalajara and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Guadalajara and the University of Hamburg in Germany. Currently, Dr. Cortes is the Executive Director and founder of the Colectivo Ecologista, A. C. (Jalisco Ecological Collective), a civil society organization dedicated since 1986 to environmental education, advocacy and coordinating multiple stakeholders to improve relations between society and nature. In academia, she has served as a professor at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores, ITESO (Institute for Technology and Higher Studies, ITESO) on the subjects “Environmental Ecology” and “Global Sustainable Development”. She has participated as an author, editor and contributor in over 10 publications among which include the The Power of Labels: Diagnostic Labeling in Mexico (2008), Biodiversity and Consumer Guide (2007), Proceedings of the Workshop “Citizens and the intellectual property of seeds and medicinal plants” (1998) and. The Environmental Guide (1997). On issues of sustainable consumption and production, she has been driving various initiatives including the environmental education project Ecotienda (1996), a store specializing in the marketing of organic and fair trade products in Mexico. She is also the founder of the Circle of Responsible Production and Consumption (1998) – a joint space between producers and organic farmers with consumers in the city. She has contributed content development and pedagogical mediation for the Virtual School of Consumption which was developed with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Consumers International as part of the Global Environmental Citizenship project. She was Head Counselor at the Federal Consumer Advisory Council (CJF) from 2007 to 2011. She is a member of the National Advisory Committee on User Security, Business Information and Trade Practices for the Mexican Ministry of Economy. She has been a consultant for international bodies such as the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (NACEC) and public institutions of the Mexican government such as the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).
Paul Dewick (UK)
Sustainable Consumption Institute and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, University of Manchester. Since 1999 Paul’s research has explored sustainable innovation systems and has been published in internationally recognised journals. A focus on eco-innovation in food consumption and production systems started with a 2003 to 2005 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project as part of the Sustainable Technologies Programme. Subsequent research funded by Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs further explored the environmental impacts of food production and consumption and a recent 2009-2012 Tesco plc funded project has sustained his research in this area. Paul has refereed an ESRC proposal on sustainable consumption and Scottish Government proposals on sustainable food systems and is a member of the Scottish Executive’s Review College. Between 2012 and 2015, a 50% research buyout at the Sustainable Consumption Institute will allow Paul to develop his focus on demand led eco-innovation. His current work – early insights from which are presented here at GRF – explores the role of relational capabilities in stimulating eco-innovation in food production and distribution systems.
Isaac Gcina Dladla (Swaziland)
Isaac Gcina Dladla is an Environmental Impact, Auditing and Management system specialist by training, and he holds an Msc Degree from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. His first Degree is in Geography, Environmental Science and Planning obtained from the University of Swaziland. He has been an environmental practitioner for more than 10 years, dealing with cross cutting and interdisciplinary issues of development and the environment. Over the ten years, he has been travelling in the Southern African region, Africa and abroad attending meetings, training workshops and conferences. He was also nominated to represent Swaziland in regional bodies such as the South Africa Development Community Regional Environmental Education Programme (SADC REEP) and the UNEP INFOTERA. In 2006, He was awarded the British Council-Chevening Scholarship to do an Msc in Environmental Impact Assessment, Auditing and Management Systems at the University of East Anglia (UEA). During his study at UEA he interacted with scholars from all over the world and had the privilege of being exposed to some of the global environmental instruments. He is currently employed by the Swaziland Environment Authority as a Senior Environment Specialist.
Güliz Ger (Turkey)
Güliz Ger is Professor of Marketing and Director of the Center for Research in Transitional Societies at Bilkent University, Turkey. She has been a former president of the International Society for Marketing and Development and is a member of its Board of Directors. She serves on the editorial boards of various journals. Her research interests involve the sociocultural and global dimensions of consumption and marketing, particularly in transitional societies/groups. Her research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research, California Management Review, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Consumer Policy, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Material Culture, Journal of European Ethnology, and in various edited volumes.
Tim Jackson (UK)
Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). Funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the aim of RESOLVE is to develop a robust understanding of the links between lifestyle, societal values and the environment, and to provide evidence-based advice to policy-makers seeking to influence people’s lifestyles and practices. Prof Jackson also directs the newly-awarded Defra/ESRC Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group. From 2004 to 2011 he was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the publication of the controversial book Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet (Earthscan 2009). In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio writing credits for the BBC.
Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen (Netherlands)
Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen is assistant professor with the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen University and a Research Fellow of the Academy of Finland. Previously she has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Public International Law, Leiden University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Sylvia holds an M.Sc. in Biology/Ecotoxicology from Uppsala University and a Ph.D (political science) from Linköping University, Sweden. Her research interests includes the interaction between knowledge, values and institutions in multilevel environmental governance; from the individual to global institutions. Sylvia’s main ongoing research project is focused on the legitimacy and effectiveness of global environmental governance. She has also followed global sustainable development law and governance from the Rio conference in 1992 and onwards. She is a member of the board of the International Environment Forum and through this active in various ways in the PERL (Partnership for Education and Research in Responsible Living) network.
Chee Yoke Ling (Malaysia)
Chee Yoke Ling is trained in international law, with degrees from the University of Malaya (Malaysia) and Cambridge University (UK). She is the Director of Programmes of Third World Network (TWN), which has its international secretariat in Malaysia. She is currently based in Beijing. She has been very active in policy research and advocacy since the 1990s, focusing on trade, environment and development issues from the perspective of developing countries. She works with TWN teams on the following: the interface between biodiversity/traditional knowledge and intellectual property rights; the relationship between multilateral environmental agreements and trade agreements; the production-consumption-trade nexus; and the developments on these issues within a sustainable development/equity framework at the United Nations and World Trade Organisation. TWN is a non-profit international network of organizations and individuals involved in sustainable development issues, the South and North-South relations. Its activities include research on economic, social and environmental issues; publication of books and periodicals; organisation of and participation in meetings; and contributions to providing a platform for views of the South in international processes.
Carme Martínez-Roca (South Africa)
Carme Martínez-Roca is co-founder and Executive Director of the International Foundation for Interdisciplinary Health Promotion (organization with headquarters in South Africa). Previously she founded and directed the international bachelor degree on Global Nutrition and Health at the Metropolitan U. College of Copenhagen (Denmark). She has collaborated in the development of health promotion programs for municipalities, hospitals, foundations, and educational institutions. She has cooperated with diverse international networks (PERL, CCN, CEAN) dedicated to education and research for sustainable consumption. She has been lecturer in higher education institutions of Spain, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Malta and Portugal. Tim Cooper is Professor of Sustainable Design and Consumption at Nottingham Trent University. After graduating from the University of Bath, he worked as an economist in the construction industry prior to undertaking research at the New Economics Foundation, where he developed his interest in the life-span of consumer durables. He established the Centre for Sustainable Consumption at Sheffield Hallam University, where he worked from 1995 until 2010. He has participated in several European research projects and in 2004 was awarded funding by the EPSRC to establish the Research Network on Product Life Spans, which he continues to manage.
Zoriana Mishchuk (Ukraine)
Zoriana Mishchuk is the Executive Director of the Ukrainian National Environmental NGO “MAMA-86”, one of the major Ukrainian environmental NGOs which has been working for more than 20 years to promote sustainable development in Ukraine, focusing in particular on greening policy and practice, providing equal access to water, and safe management of wastes and hazardous materials. Sustainable production and consumption policies and practices has been one of the key issues in the organization’s policy research and advocacy activities, both on the national and on the regional (EECCA) level.
Oksana Mont (Sweden)
Oksana Mont is a Professor of Sustainable Consumption and Production at the International Institute of Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden. My main research area is sustainable consumption and production in food, mobility and housing sectors. I combine my expertise in innovative business models, such as product-service systems, with interest in sustainable lifestyles and consumer behaviour change. I also lead and participate in projects that examine the role of policy and governance regimes for enabling and shaping everyday choices of individuals, businesses and organisations. For example, I currently lead one Swedish project on the role of retailers in promoting sustainability of their own operations and along supply chains (http://www.hur.nu/web/Halvtid_i_Hallbar_butik.aspx andhttp://www.sustainableretail.blogspot.se/) and another one on the role of virtual meetings in reducing climate impacts of organisations. I participate in a European project that takes stock of existing knowledge and creates visions of more sustainable lifestyles in 2050 (http://www.sustainable-lifestyles.eu/).
Carla Rabelo (Brazil)
Carla Rabelo is a PhD student at Escola de Comunicações e Artes at Universidade de São Paulo – ECA/USP (School of Communications and Arts at University of Sao Paulo) where I have developed research and writing my thesis on communication in risk society and its reflection in contemporary documentaries. Social Communication professor at Fiam-Faam/FMU in Sao Paulo. I teach Audiovisual Language and Production. I was advisor and cultural projects coordinator at Centro Cultural São Paulo. I have experience with production audiovisual (radio, television and cinema) and communication advisor. At the Institute Alana, I am a researcher and I have developed monitoring of current research on the theme of consumerism and the child calls targeted to that audience. I am interested in research and discussions about sustainability issue from the communication perspective.
Adrian Smith (UK)
Adrian Smith has been a researcher at SPRU (Science & Technology Policy research), University of Sussex, since 1992. Most of my research considers the politics and governance of innovation for sustainability. My work draws upon theories and methodologies from political science, innovation studies, and science and technology studies. My work has been funded by a variety of academic, government and civil society organisations in the UK and overseas. My research involves studies in both ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ country contexts, and has covered national to international scales in a variety of sectors. My recent research has addressed three themes: 1. Grassroots innovations for sustainable development; 2. The transformation of socio-technical systems and transitions to sustainability; 3. Critical policy analysis for sustainability I always try my best to adopt an approach that engages fully with practitioners, as well as publishing widely, and presenting to audiences around the world.I have a first degree in Mechanical Engineering (Bristol), a Masters degree in Environmental Technology (Imperial College, London), a DPhil in Science & Technology Policy Studies (Sussex), and an Advanced Diploma in Spanish (Brighton).
Dagmar Timmer (Canada)
Dagmar Timmer is co-founder and Manager (Strategic Initiatives) of One Earth Initiative, a Vancouver-based non-profit research and advocacy group focused on transforming unsustainable consumption and production patterns locally, nationally and internationally. Dagmar is an Associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) as well as with Simon Fraser University. Dagmar and her sister Vanessa are co-hosts of The Sustainable Region, an award-winning television show in Canada. Dagmar has published on leadership, conservation and development and is co-author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, contributing to the tropical forest margins assessment while facilitating a network of rainforest-agriculture margin research sites across the tropics. She has been actively involved in sustainability policy, research and action for nearly two decades, including with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF, Kenya) and the Forest Conservation Programme team at IUCN – The World Conservation Union (Switzerland). She holds an MA in Political Science.
Philip J. Vergragt (USA)
Philip J. Vergragt PhD is a Professor Emeritus of Technology Assessment of Delft University of Technology; presently a Research Professor at Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA; and a Fellow at Tellus Institute in Boston, USA. In the 90s he served as a Deputy Director for the Sustainable Technology Development program of the Dutch Government. His research interests include technological innovation for sustainability (including energy, transportation, buildings, and households); sustainable consumption; housing and community development; backcasting; and technology assessment of emerging technologies (nanotechnology; GMOs; CCS). He has widely published in academic journals and book chapters and co-authored three books. Next to his academic work he is a founding member of the Worcester Housing, Energy, and Community (WoHEC) group. He is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Greening of Industry network; is a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI); and an alternate member of the UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance; and most recently (2011) a cofounder of the Global Research Forum on SPaC. Prof. Vergragt obtained a PhD in Chemistry from Leiden University in 1976.
Onno Vinkhuyzen (Netherlands)
Onno Vinkhuyzen has been a consultant in the computer software industry, working primarily with large database development. In parallel and after that he is developing and giving trainings in moral leadership for the business and NGO sector. For the past thirty years he has been engaged in community building efforts at the local and national levels as a chairman, secretary, and also in some other roles and in different organisations, like the refugee support organization of his municipality and currently the Board of an Inter-religious Council in the Netherlands. He received basic training in the field of moral development and leadership through the EBBF (European Bahá’í Business Forum) of which he is a member. Out of love for nature and creation in general he is also a member of the International Environment Forum.
Lewis Akenji (Japan)
Lewis Akenji is currently a Research Fellow and Senior Consultant at the Japan-based think-tank IGES (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies); his focus is on Sustainable Consumption and Production. Lewis has been Policy Coordinator and Director of International Affairs at the Central and Eastern European Network for SCP, and managed projects under the European Union PHARE/Transition Facility. He has also consulted with international organisations such as the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), Consumers International, and the Asia Development Bank. He has a background in Sustainable Resource Management (Technische Universität München, Germany) and Environmental Diplomacy (University of Geneva, Switzerland). He has published on SCP, Environmental Economics and Sustainability Governance, and has been active in Marrakech Process consultations from the beginning. He is also one of the main organizers of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production, which will convene at Rio in June 2012 for the first time.
Tomas Ariztia (Chile)
Tomas Ariztia (PhD) is Assistant Professor at the Sociology department of Diego Portales University, Chile. He is interested in cultural economy and consumption studies particularly: consumer markets professionals, consumption practices and ethical consumption (More info here). He is also director and co-founder of the NGO Ciudadano Reponsable, which research and promotes a culture of ethical consumption in Chile. He is currently co-investigador at the “Leveraging Buying Power for Development – Ethical Consumption and Sustainable Procurement in Chile and Brazil” project, funded under the ESRC-DFID Poverty Reduction Programme (2011-2013). More info at http://choices.concoctions.ca/
Jeffrey Barber (USA)
Jeffrey Barber is Executive Director of Integrative Strategies Forum (ISF), a nonprofit organization in the United States just outside of Washington, DC. The main work of ISF is to encourage dialogue, collaboration and alliance-building among public interest organizations promoting sustainability. Jeffrey is National Coordinator for the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development and for over ten years has coordinated the NGO Caucus on Sustainable Production and Consumption (SPAC Caucus) here at the Commission on Sustainable Development. In the past 12 years ISF has especially focused on efforts promoting sustainable production and consumption, supporting networking, education and advocacy activities of the CSD NGO SPAC Caucus; the SPAC Working Group of ANPED; the SPAC Issue Group of ECO Forum; the North American Sustainable Consumption Alliance(NASCA); was one of the founders of the International Coalition for Sustainable Production and Consumption (ICSPAC), and Co-Chair of the Northern Alliance for Sustainability(ANPED). In addition to lobbying over the years for advances in SPAC policy at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (e.g., the UN Consumer Guidelines; corporate responsibility and accountability), Jeffrey and ISF helped coordinate the NGO SPAC Caucus focusing on sustainable production and consumption priorities throughout the World Summit on Sustainable Development. This activity included organizing a series of roundtables on production and consumption, including the report Waiting for Delivery: A Civil Society Assessment of Progress Toward Sustainable Production and Consumption. Jeffrey also wrote the chapter “Production, Consumption and the World Summit on Sustainable Development” in the book The World Summit on Sustainable Development: The Johannesburg Conference (Spring, 2005) and most recently “Mapping the Movement to Achieve Sustainable Production and Consumption in North America,” in the Journal of Cleaner Production 15 (2007). Another publication is his chapter on “Sustainable Consumption and Green Consumerism in North America,” in the upcoming book Green Consumerism (ICFAI Books). Jeffrey is also an editor for the Southern Initiatives Journal of Sustainable Development.
Lilyan G. Berlim (Brazil)
Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro / Centro de Pesquisa e desenvolvimento em Agricultura / Núcleo Estudos do Consumo. My research is on sustainable and social aspects of consumption in general and particularly in the area of fashion. This doctoral research has been designed to continue the research done in my Master in 2009, which was about fashion and sustainability. All issues and topics related to consumption and environmental and social practices justify my interest in participating.
Andra Blumberga (Latvia)
Professor Andra Blumberga has been part of academic staff of Institute of Environmental Protection and Energy Systems, Faculty of Energy and Electrotechnics, Riga Technical university since 2001. The main research area is end user energy efficiency. She started her professional career as energy auditor in Sloka pulp and paper factory in 1991-1993. It was followed by six year employment as Manager of Ventilation and Refrigeration Department in ABB Latvia. From 1999-2008 Professor Blumberga has been director of energy and environmental consulting company Ekodoma where she still is acting as consultant. She has participated in a great variety of local and international projects related to energy and environment as well as is author of many publications and books. She has Engineer and M.Sc. Diploma from Building Faculty, Riga Technical university and has her Ph.D. from Faculty of Energy , Riga Technical university (2001).
Tim Cooper (UK)
Professor, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University. He is a member of the University’s Sustainability Committee and of the College Research Committee and Professoriate. His research interests includeSustainable consumption (theory and practice);Sustainable design (design for longevity; design for emotional durability; systems innovation / product-service systems); Product longevity (the life-span of consumer durables; planned obsolescence; consumer influences on product life-spans);Public policy (quality of life; economic policy and sustainable consumption; household waste reduction; sustainable clothing; sustainable food systems; environmental policy);Green marketing (environmental labelling); Environmental ethics (eco-theology; Christian festivals and consumption, voluntary simplicity).
Renata Dagiliūtė (Lithuania)
Renata Dagiliūtė is a lecturer at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. Renata also works for NGO in the field of sustainable consumption and is a member of the group of experts for the evaluation of implementation of national sustainable development strategy. In 2008 Renata Dagiliūtė has defended her PhD thesis on sustainable production and consumption in Lithuania and is author and co-author of several scientific papers. She received DBU (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt) scholarship in 2007 and completed two internships in Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (Germany) in 2007 and 2009. Renata has been taken part in number of conferences and trainings. Main research areas cover sustainable development in general, ecological efficiency, sustainable production and consumption with particular attention to transition countries. Environment-socio-economical interlinkages, environmental policy, economics and law are also areas of interest.
Arthur Dahl (Switzerland)
Prof. Arthur Lyon Dahl, Geneva, Switzerland; President, International Environment Forum; retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director, UNEP; biologist (PhD, UCSB), 40 years’ experience sustainable development; Visiting Professor, University of Brighton, UK, working on values-based indicators of education for sustainable development. Represented Baha’i International Community at Stockholm Conference on Human Environment (1972); Secretariat, Rio Earth Summit (1992); participant, World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002); co-coordinator UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance. Books include Unless and Until: A Baha’i Focus on the Environment and The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis.
Leonie Dendler (UK)
Leonie Dendler is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment working on stakeholder management and public engagement in science based consumer protection. She previously worked for the Sustainable Consumption Institute and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester (UK), Fudan University (China) and the Finnish Environment Institute. Having received her PhD from Manchester Business School (UK) her wider research interest lies in understanding change processes across international consumption and production systems drawing upon new institutional theories and concepts of legitimacy. Next to science based consumer protection she applied her research to topics of sustainability related product labelling, food safety and biofuel governance.
Fabián Echegaray (Latin America)
Fabián Echegaray is director of Market Analysis, a consulting firm based in Brazil specialized on topics of sustainability and corporate responsibility. He has been working in market and opinion research since the early 1990s, across Latin America. Fabián holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Connecticut (U.S.) and had extensive training in survey research at The Roper Center and ICPSR-University of Michigan (U.S.). He is author of “Economic crises and electoral responses in Latin America” published by University Press of America (2005) and several book chapters, journal articles and specialized magazine columns on issues of political and economic culture, value trends and sustainability.
Flavia Galindo (Brazil)
I´m a PhD student at CPDA/UFRRJ (The Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro) and professor/researcher of Marketing. I participate of “Consumption Studies Group” based at Rio de Janeiro, that organizes the “ENEC”, a biannual academic meeting to discuss consumption. Nowadays I am writing my PhD thesis about food consumption in risk society. I have expertise in marketing and business, and I combine this expertise and the sociology of consumption to research the role of trust for relations consumers and organizations.
Maria Elisabeth Goidanich (Brazil)
UFSC – Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. As a researcher on consumption, one of my interests is to understand how ordinary consumers deal with the ideas of sustainable consumption in their day-by-day shopping practices. What kind of decisions do they make in supermarkets that can be regarded as critical, conscious or sustainable consumption. In this sense, it would be very helpful to my research to participate in this workshop, since I would be in touch with the worldwide discussions about the subject.
Romualdas Juknys (Lithuania)
Date of birth 1943.10.20. Graduated from Lithuanian Agricultural University, Faculty of Forestry in 1971. PhD degree (Forest management) obtained in 1975. Senior scientist, 1975-1985. Head of Forest monitoring laboratory,1985-1990. Habilitation work “Impact of Environmental Pollution on Scotch pine Growth and Productivity“ defended in 1990. Head of Scientific office in Lithuanian Environmental Protection Department, 1991-1993. Employment in Vytautas Magnus University from 1993 – associate professor, later professor, currently – head of department of Environmental sciences. Head of working group for preparation of National strategy on sustainable development (2002-2003), and renewed National strategy (2007-2008). Currently – Member of National council for Sustainable development, Chairmen of expert group on implementation of National strategy for sustainable development, Deputy editor of scientific journal “Environmental research, engineering and management”, member of editorial board of scientific journal “Forestry”.
Yoram Krozer (Netherlands)
Yoram Krozer (1953), senior researcher at the University Twente – CSTM and Director Sustainable Innovations Academy, studied biology, economics and business administration, and received PhD from the Groningen University. He worked in policy making, business and social organizations on innovations for the common goods. The results cover policy documents and tangible products, as well as about hundred publications and a book Innovations and the Environment. He also co-founded the organization, such as the Institute for Applied Environmental Economics – TME, the Cartesius Institute of the Netherlands Technical Universities, the Frisian Wateralliance, and the Energy Valley.
Harn Wei Kua (Singapore)
Dr. Harn Wei Kua graduated with a Master’s degree in theoretical physics from the National University of Singapore, before joining the Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, in 1999 as a full-time teaching assistant. After graduating with Masters degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Technology & Policy, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he went on to earn his Ph.D. from the MIT Building Technology Program in 2006. His research interest is in creating integrated science-based sustainability policy models (related to materials and resource management) for climate change mitigation/adaptation in the built environment. Integrated policies are those that consider the complex interactions among different sustainability-related issues and prescribe multidimensional yet coordinated measures to address the problems arising from these interactions. Dr. Kua uses a range of concepts and methodologies in his analyses of problems and formulations of solutions, including industrial ecology, case studies and action research.
Sylvia Lorek (Germany)
Sylvia Lorek is working as a researcher and policy consultant for sustainable consumption. She holds a Ph.D. in consumer economics diploma in household economics and nutrition (Oecotrophologie) and in economics. Since 2000 she is based at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) and is head of SERI Germany e.V. Here she is working on studies and as consultant for national and international organisations und institutes (among them OECD, EU, EEA and UNEP). Before she has been Project Coordinator at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Additionally she is engaged in CSO activities towards sustainable consumption on national, European and global level behalf of ANPED, The Northern Alliance on Sustainability.
Jacqueline McGlade (Denmark)
Professor Jacqueline McGlade became Executive Director of the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen in 2003. The EEA is a vital source of information for the European Commission, the European Parliament EU Member States and other EEA member countries in developing and implementing environment and climate policies, and in providing the knowledge base to help Europe make informed decisions about improving the environment and integrating environmental considerations into economic policies so as to develop along a sustainable low-carbon and resource efficient path. Professor McGlade is currently on leave from her post as Professor in Environmental Informatics in the Department of Mathematics at University College London. Prior to this, she was Director of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences of the UK Natural Environment Research Council, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick, Director of Theoretical Ecology at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and Senior Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in the Federal Government of Canada. Her research is focused on the governance of resources and environmental informatics with particular reference to ecosystems, marine resources and climate change. She has more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and more than 200 articles, books and legal submissions and has produced and presented a number of TV and radio series and programmes plus three feature films. She has been awarded international prizes and honours from Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Romania, Sweden, UK and the USA. Professor McGlade has held a number of key advisory roles and chairs at national level, including Trustee of the Natural History Museum and Board Member of the Environment Agency, at European level, including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and at international levels including for the United Nations and the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research. She has also run her own company specialising in the area of software development and intelligence systems.
Kira Matus received her PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2009. Her primary research focus is at the intersection of innovation, sustainability science, and public policy, focusing on sustainable production-consumption systems. A large portion of her research is on how policy interacts with the development and implementation of "green" technologies in supply chains, especially those that include the production and/or use of chemicals. She looks at how policy can incentivize innovation- but also at how innovation can feed-back into policy, and when new technologies allow for, and sometimes even demand, new approaches to policy on the part of public, private and civil society actors. This includes areas such as certification and voluntary regulatory tools, as examples of some of the different approaches being used to effectively regulate emerging technologies. She also has a longstanding interest in the use of scientific expertise in the policy process, which has led to work on the controversies surrounding efforts to control bovine Tb with the culling badgers in the UK and possums in the NZ. Previous to joining HKUST, Prof. Matus was a Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Sustainability and Deputy Head of Department at UCL STEaPP, and Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Management at the LSE. She was also a Ruffalo Sustainability Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University, where she was project co-director of "Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development."
Karen Onthank (USA)
Karen Onthank is Executive Director of the Integrative Strategies Forum. With ISF and other organizations, Karen has participated in advocacy and organizing efforts internationally, including at UN processes and agencies as well as other international fora, as well as nationally and locally. She has worked on international human rights, sustainability, and environment issues and has focused on sustainable production and consumption, gender and social policy, rainforest, minority and indigenous issues. She has represented ISF at UN meetings and international conferences and has actively participated in networks supporting such conferences. She was the Northern Co-Chair of the NGO Caucus on Sustainable Communities at the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and Co-Chair of Environment and Sustainability Working Group of the US Network for Women.
Fátima Portilho (Brazil)
Fátima Portilho is sociologist and profesor/researcher at CPDA (Social Sciences Graduate Program on Development, Agriculture and Society) at UFRRJ (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro) – Brazil. She is one of the coordinators (together with Livia Barbosa) of « Consumption Studies Group », a research group based at Rio de Janeiro/Brazil that organizes a biannual academic meeting to discuss consumption studies. She has been researched about the process of politicization of consumption in Brazil, food consumption, political culture, political consumption and consumers movements.
Emmanuel Prinet (Canada)
Emmanuel Prinet is a Senior Associate with the One Earth Initiative and Principal of EcoSteppingStones Consulting. Emmanuel is both a Canadian and French citizen, and has worked in the NGO sector in both countries. He has developed working relationships with various international organizations such as UNEP, the OECD, and the European Commission. Emmanuel also has tremendous experience working with the United Nations, and has attended the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development every year since 2000. There, he participated actively in the NGO’s Sustainable Development Issues Network, and published a number of articles in the daily NGO newsletter Taking Issue. He has also been actively involved in the UN’s 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (“Marrakech Process”). He has attended the regional sustainable consumption and production meeting in Ostend, Belgium (November 2004), and has taken an active part in drafting the NGO statement. Since 2004, he has co-produced a number of short documentaries as part of a video series called “Sustainability Productions”, which highlight the good social and ecological practices of various cities and their efforts to work towards sustainability. His area of expertise is on understanding the concept of sustainability, ecological economics, sustainable production and consumption patterns, and the Ecological Footprint.
Patrick Schroeder (China)
Patrick Schroeder is based in Beijing where he works as international advisor for the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), supporting the development and international cooperation of the China Civil Climate Action Network (CCAN). This position is supported by the German Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM). He also works as consultant for the UNEP/Wuppertal CSCP and supports the SWITCH Asia Network facility as short-term expert. Patrick is a recent PhD graduate in Environmental Studies from the Victoria University of Wellington.
Victoria Wyszynski Thoresen (Norway)
Victoria Wyszynski Thoresen is Associate Professor of Education at the Hedmark University College in Norway and director of The Partnership for Education and Research about Responsible Living (previously the Consumer Citizenship Network) which is a partnership of educators and researchers from over 140 institutions in more than 50 countries. Thoresen has specialized in curriculum development, global education, peace education, value-based education, lifelong learning and consumer education. In addition to many years of experience as a teacher and teacher trainer, Thoresen has written articles and textbooks for teacher training and has functioned as an international educational researcher and consultant. Thoresen has been an invited speaker at many conferences on sustainable human development, education and behavior change, citizenship and social responsibility. She has assisted UNESCO, UNEP and the U.N. Marrakech Process Task Forces in the development of policy recommendations and a core curriculum for education for sustainable consumption. For a number of years she was chairman of the board of the Norwegian Peace Center.
Vanessa Timmer (Canada)
Vanessa Timmer is a sustainability consultant and a co-founder and Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver-based nonprofit focused on advancing sustainable consumption and production patterns from local to North American to global scales. She weaves together sustainability with systems thinking, and believes that envisioning sustainable futures is a powerful draw for social change. Vanessa is also an Associate with the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government focused on innovation and global public goods. She teaches at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University, Metro Vancouver and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. With her sister, Dagmar, Vanessa co-hosts the Metro Vancouver television show, The Sustainable Region. Timmer is on the Board of the Projecting Change Film Festival and the International Centre of Art for Social Change, and is part of the Creative Team for The Future We Want, a global campaign to create positive and compelling visions of life in a sustainable future.
Peter A. Victor (Canada)
Dr. Peter Victor is an economist who has worked on environmental issues for over 40 years as an academic, consultant and public servant. By extending input-output analysis, he was the first economist to apply the physical law of the conservation of matter to the empirical analysis of a national economy. Dr. Victor was one of the founders of the emerging discipline of ecological economics and was the first President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics. Dr. Victor’s most recent book: Managing without Growth. Slower by Design not Disaster (2008) has led to over 100 speaking invitations around the world, meetings in the European Parliament, the British House of Commons and the UK Treasury and numerous press, radio, television, internet and film interviews. His research has also led to similar studies, proposed or underway, in New Zealand, Austria, the UK, the USA, and Finland. Dr. Victor is currently a Professor in Environmental Studies at York University and from 1996 to 2001 was Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies. This followed several years as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Environmental Sciences and Standards Division in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Dr. Victor has served on numerous boards and advisory committees and has appeared as an expert witness before various Commissions. Currently he is Chair of the Greenbelt Council of Ontario, and a member of Advisory Committees on the National Accounts and Environmental Statistics for Statistics Canada, the Academic Advisory Panel of TruCost, the Board of the David Suzuki Foundation, the Board of the New Economics Institute, and the editorial advisory board of several academic journals. In 2011 Dr. Victor was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts for his lifetime contribution to economics and the environment. http://www.pvictor.com
Gabriela Vuolo (Brazil)
Gabriela Vuolo has been working with sustainable consumption/production for almost 10 years (first at Greenpeace, then at SOS Mata Atlantica and currently at the Children and Consumerism Project of Instituto Alana).