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Teaching and Learning Sustainable Consumption
A Guidebook

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ISBN 9780367893231
May 8, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is a comprehensive guide on how to teach sustainable consumption in higher education. Teaching and Learning Sustainable Consumption: A Guidebook systematizes the themes, objectives and theories that characterize sustainable consumption as an educational field.

The first part of the book discusses approaches to teaching and learning sustainable consumption in higher education, including reflections on how learning occurs, to more practical considerations like how to set objectives or assess learning outcomes. The second part of the book is a dive into inspiring examples of what this looks like in a range of contexts and towards different aims – involving 57 diverse contributions by teachers and practitioners. Building on the momentum of a steady increase in courses addressing sustainable consumption over the past decade, this guidebook supports innovative approaches to teaching and learning, while also bringing to the fore conceptual debates around higher education and sustainability.

Overall, this book will be a seminal resource for educators teaching about sustainability and consumption. It will help them to navigate the specifics of sustainable consumption as a field of scholarship, and design their teaching approaches in a more informed, competent, creative way.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Part I: Design Considerations for Teaching and Learning Sustainable Consumption

1. Sustainable Consumption, a Tricky Topic to Teach

Marlyne Sahakian, Jordan King, Jen Dyer, Daniel Fischer, and Gill Seyfang

2. Learning Theories and Pedagogies in Teaching Sustainable Consumption

Daniel Fischer, Jordan King, Marlyne Sahakian, Jen Dyer, and Gill Seyfang

3. Learning Objectives for Teaching Sustainable Consumption

Jordan King, Daniel Fischer, Marlyne Sahakian, Jen Dyer, and Gill Seyfang

4. Assessing Learning in Teaching Sustainable Consumption

Jordan King, Daniel Fischer, Marlyne Sahakian, Jen Dyer, and Gill Seyfang

Part II: Examples of Teaching and Learning Sustainable Consumption

5. Introduction to the Examples of Teaching and Learning Sustainable Consumption

Marlyne Sahakian, Jordan King, Jen Dyer, Daniel Fischer, and Gill Seyfang

5.1. The Good Life Game: Bargaining Needs and Resources

Lisa Hollands and Shirin Betzler

5.2. A Letter to Aadya: Uncovering Social Injustices in Fast Fashion

Samira Iran and Anja Lisa Hirscher

5.3. Clothing Libraries: On-Campus Stores as Real-World Experiments for Sustainable

Samira Iran, Anja Lisa Hirscher, and Daniel Fischer

5.4. How to Draw the Economy? Putting Care and Nature Back to Economic Models

Lucie Sovová

5.5 Powering Practices: Developing Scenarios for Energy Futures

Tom Hargreaves

5.6. Speculative Fiction for Energy Futures

Tom Hargreaves and Jos Smith

5.7. The Story of Your Gadget

Gill Seyfang

5.8. From Trash to Treasure! Turning Junk into Christmas-Time Gifts

I-Liang Wahn

5.9. Practice Makes Perfect! Exploring how Practices Cause Consumption Problems, and
are also Part of the Solution

Marlyne Sahakian and Mallory Xinyu Zhan

5.10. A Playful Take on Non-Financial Disclosure Processes: Speed Dating with
Organizations and Frameworks

Georgina Guillen-Hanson

5.11. Decarbonise! A Playful Pathfinding Approach to a Sustainable Future

Veronika Kiss and Klára Hajdu

5.12. Let’s Report a Future Practice: Interview Roleplay as a Way to Flesh Out Alternatives

Lenneke Kuijer

5.13. Company Walk’n’Talk: Learning by Sharing about Corporate Sustainability Practices

Lisa Hollands and Shirin Betzler

5.14. Asking the (Sustainable Consumption) Professionals!

Eva Heiskanen

5.15. The Supermarket Sweep: What Do Labels (Not) Tell us?

Gill Seyfang

5.16. To Build or Not To Build? Roleplay for Conflict Management

Valerie Brachya

5.17. Theoretical Theatre: Personifying Theoretical ‘Characters’ to Facilitate Critical Thinking

Gill Seyfang and Marlyne Sahakian

5.18. The Change Point Toolkit for Teaching: Designing Creative Interventions

Alison L. Browne, Claire Hoolohan, Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, and Liz Sharp

5.19. Consumption Detectives: An Imagination Exercise

Shirin Betzler, Jessica Jung, Lisa Hollands, and Regina Kempen

5.20. Speak up! Debating Critical Voices

Shirin Betzler and Lisa Hollands

5.21. The Clothesline for Sustainability: Can Individual Actions Contribute to Strong
Sustainable Consumption?

Sylvia Lorek

5.22. Go Bananas! What Everyday Foods Tell Us about Sustainability

Sally Russell

5.23. Creature of Habit!

Cornelia Mayr

5.24. The Power of One? Engaging Students to Reflect on Individual Agency to Confront
Environmental Issues

Emily Huddart Kennedy

5.25. Pizza Policy Misto: Our Perfect Recipe for Sustainable Food Consumption

Sylvia Lorek

5.26. Contemplating Consumption

Manisha Anantharaman and Daniel Fischer

5.27. Walk’n’Write: Reflecting on Efficiency, Consistency, and Sufficiency

Shirin Betzler and Lisa Hollands

5.28. It’s All About the Message: Promoting Sustainability through Communication Design

Doreen Donovan

5.29. Second-Hand Clothing Experienced First Hand: Sustainable Consumption through
Situated Learning

Heike Derwanz

5.30. Dressed for Sustainability Success: A Capsule Wardrobe Project

Iva Jestratijevic

5.31. Listen Up! The Role of Podcasts for Understanding Environmental Issues as a Social

Juliet Fall and Karine Duplan

5.32. Design-A-Website: A Hands-On, Design Approach to Communication on Sustainable

Karin Dobernig

5.33. Organizing for Impact: Strategic Planning and Community Collaboration for Social
Change towards Sustainable Consumption

Manisha Anantharaman and Suzanne Schmidt

5.34. Who Knows Where the Money Goes? Using a Spending Diary to Reflect on
Consumption Habits

Meredith Katz

5.35. Learning to Change Myself: Personal Approaches to Sustainable Consumption

Pascal Frank

5.36. Extracting Sustainability: Exposing the Impacts from Mining to Supply the Electronics

Robert Rattle

5.37. Capturing Sustainable Energy Solutions on Camera

Tom Hargreaves

5.38. Packed with Sustainability!

Urška Vrabič Brodnjak

5.39. Uncovering Economies of Sustainability: Looking at Alternatives to the Status Quo

Helen Holmes

5.40. Learning from the Past? A Socio-Historical Approach to Food Practices

Stefan Wahlen

5.41. Using Zombies to Communicate Climate Change!

Petra Bättig and Urs Müller

5.42. The 21-Day Sustainability Challenge

Carmen Valor

5.43. Whodunnit? Role-Playing to Understand Stakeholder Perspectives through Corporate

Georgina Guillen-Hanson

5.44. Brave New World? Getting in a Digitalized and Globalized State of Mind

Piergiorgio Degli Esposti

5.45. A Change is Gonna Come! Designing Campus Interventions to Promote Behavior
Change for Sustainable Consumption

Jordan King, Daniel Fischer, and Katja Brundiers

5.46. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction! Deliberating Needs and Satisfiers in Sustainable

Daniel Fischer, Jordan King, and Carlos R. Casanova

5.47. Business Origami! Piecing Together Product Life Cycles in the Product-Service System

Kersty Hobson

5.48. Covering One’s Tracks: An Ecological Footprint Game and Debate

Karin Dobernig and Karl M. Brunner

5.49. Mobility, What Opportunities for Urban Development and Public Policies?

Marlyne Sahakian

5.50. From Field Research to Design Fiction: From Clarifying the Present, to Designing the

Nicolas Nova

5.51. What We Eat and Why? Narratives of Food Justice

Sunayana Ganguly and Shreelata Rao Sheshadri

5.52. How Hard Can it Be to Change Practices?

Margit Keller and Triin Vihalemm

5.53. An Intra-Active Exhibition on Feminist Theory

Tullia Jack

5.54. What I Am Wondering …: A Teacher Training Program on How to Find and Answer
Questions of Sustainable Consumption

Antonietta Di Giulio

5.55. Feel and Think! Teaching Aspiring School Teachers to Teach Slow Fashion

Heike Derwanz

5.56. Future Voyaging: The Power of Imagining the Future Today

Frederikke Oldin and Charlotte Jensen

5.57. Don’t Just Learn the Lesson, Live the Lesson: Study Abroad Trips for Collaborative and
Community-Based Sustainability

Ashley Colby



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Daniel Fischer is Associate Professor for Consumer Communication and Sustainability at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. His research studies communication and learning interventions to advance more sustainable lifestyles. In his teaching, he strives to increase reflexivity in students to empower them to re-shape their relationships with the consumer societies into which they have been born, encultured, and socialized in.

Marlyne Sahakian is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Geneva. She teaches and does research on sustainable consumption in relation to food, energy, and wellbeing, and is a founding member of SCORAI Europe, a research network for sustainable consumption. She is the director of a Master’s program called Sustainable Societies and Social Change, and strives to give the students the critical and practical competencies for tackling sustainability problems.

Jordan King is a Doctoral Candidate in the School of Sustainability and College of Global Futures at Arizona State University. His work focuses on advancing innovations in cultivating and assessing the sustainability competencies of learners. In his teaching, he aims to motivate students to link inner transformations with systemic change for sustainable futures.

Jen Dyer is an Associate Professor in Sustainability at the University of Leeds and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Jen enjoys using creative teaching methods to inspire and empower her students. Her research focuses on social inclusion and amplifying diverse voices around sustainability.

Gill Seyfang is Associate Professor of Sustainable Consumption in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, UK. She researches grassroots innovations for sustainable development and is a National Teaching Fellow (2017).