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

The Political Economy WG starts from the premise that unsustainable production and consumption levels are fundamentally linked to contemporary macro-economic structures and international political-economic relations. The WG aims to research a wide range of plausible actions including those that work to modify systems from within and those which leverage and exploit the contradictions inherent in current economic systems to influence change.


  • Cindy Isenhour (University of Maine, USA)
  • Manu Mathai (Azim Premji University, India)

Sustainable Consumption and Production in Cities

The SCP Cities WG focuses on three interlinked issues relating to systems of sustainable consumption and production in the context of urbanization and cities—1) urban provisioning systems such as housing, transportation, food, and leisure, 2) social inequality, and 3) well-being to build on research on urban sustainability that provide new perspectives and possible solutions to reduce direct and indirect footprints of cities.


  • Patrick Schroder (Chatham House, UK)
  • Jaco Quist (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)

Social Change Beyond Consumerism

The Social Change WG develops a transdisciplinary understanding of the spectrum of processes of social change (both structural and strategic) that are undermining prevailing consumerist lifestyles and contributing to putative sustainability transformations. It also deploys this understanding as a basis for generating practical knowledge for policy makers, social entrepreneurs, change agents, and others engaged in transformative social change.


  • Melanie Jaeger-Erben (TU Berlin, Germany)
  • Charlotte Jensen (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Communicating for Sustainable Consumption and Production

With the mission of exploring, evaluating, and changing framings of sustainable consumption and production in and through communication that contributes to systemic changes, the Working Group on Communicating for Sustainable Consumption and Production (WGCoCo) addresses the challenges posed by the need to have a pragmatic approach to communication and education.


  • Daniel Fischer (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Philip Vergragt (Clark University, USA)

Global Value Chains

The Global Value Chains WG has interest in and expertise pertaining to sustainable supply chains and transformative systemic change. It is working toward developing new conceptual approaches and methodological tools that have practical utility in supporting the implementation of policies and practices toward more sustainable global value chains.


  • Ambreen Waheed (BSP Stora Enso, Pakistan)
  • Patrick Schroder (Chatham House, UK)

Circular Economy

The aim of the CE Working Group is to advance knowledge and practices on the important relationship between corporate supply chains and CE. The working group will progress understanding of the CE by moving beyond the current focus on regional examples or specific materials to include sustainability in multinational multi-tier networks. Focus will be paid to the ways in which outputs are connected with input needs in multinational multi-tier supply chains, the role of inclusive organizations in a global circular economy, and developing countries in western-dominated circular economies.


  • Paul Dewick (Keele University, UK)
  • Joerg Hofsetter (KEDGE Business School, France)
  • Joseph Sarkis (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)