The SSCP KAN, through its leadership and Working Groups, works to deliver high-level research outputs including publications for academic and general audiences, host major academic and stakeholder-oriented conferences and events, and create the diverse organizational assemblage necessary to contribute to real-world change. In all of these activities, partnerships with societal actors will drive research agendas, co-creation and dissemination of knowledge, and encourage the ready integration of collaborative outputs as solutions to sustainability challenges.

Working Groups

To address a specific issue of significance to the mission of the network, the SSCP KAN has identified six focal themes as below. These Working Groups will collaboratively design studies, generate knowledge, and initiate other activities.

Political Economy of Sustainable Consumption and Production

Sustainable Consumption and Production in Cities

Social Change Beyond Consumerism

Communicating for Sustainable Consumption and Production

Global Value Chains

Circular Economy

See the members list for the Working Groups.

Topical Initiative: COVID-19 and Sustainability Transitions

This initiative started from a blog by the leadership of the SSCP KAN and has developed into a community of diverse group of scientists, economists, educators and more, engaging with interdisciplinary discussions around the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications.

The initiative aims to understand the behavioral and institutional dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic and to open up opportunities to alternative futures that are more socially equitable and environmentally tenable.

This initiative has now evolved into a US National Science Foundation-funded initiative “COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Sustainability Transitions“. To explore how the COVID-19 can contribute to sustainability transitions, the initiative addresses topics around global governance, new lifestyle practices, social solidarity and the care economy, impacts on the global south, transdisciplinary research and others.


The SSCP KAN regularly convenes events including webinars and workshops to engage in discussions on critical issues around SCP. Bringing together a broad range of researchers and practitioners, these events  facilitates the SCP community to be inspired from diverse perspectives and advance the links between science, policy and practice.

Affiliated Projects

The FEAST project takes a participatory action research approach to explore the realities and potential for bottom-up sustainable agrifood transition at sites in Asia.

SHARE CITY project uses a collaborative and trans-disciplinary approach to assess the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies.

The “COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Sustainability Transitions” initiative is a part of the CONVERGE, a US National Science Foundation-funded initiative. Their activities are organized around designing government action, new lifestyle practices, social solidarity and the care economy, supply chains, and digital automation and remote work.

Journal Alliance

The Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production partners with the journal Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy (SSPP). Owned by Taylor & Francis and edited by Maurie Cohen, SSPP is a refereed, open-access academic publication which recognizes that climate change and other socio-environmental challenges require significant transformation of existing systems of consumption and production.

Complex and diverse arrays of societal factors and institutions will in coming decades need to reconfigure agro-food systems, implement renewable energy sources, and reinvent housing, modes of mobility, and lifestyles for the current century and beyond. These innovations will need to be formulated in ways that enhance global equity, reduce unequal access to resources, and enable all people on the planet to lead flourishing lives within biophysical constraints. The journal seeks to advance scientific and political perspectives and to cultivate transdisciplinary discussions involving researchers, policy makers, civic entrepreneurs, and others. The ultimate objective is to encourage the design and deployment of both local experiments and system innovations that contribute to a more sustainable future by empowering individuals and organizations and facilitating processes of social learning.

Details on SSPP are at http://www.tandfonline.com/tsus and questions can be directed to Dr. Cohen at mcohen@njit.edu.