CONSENSUS#2 International Conference on Sustainable Consumption:

‘Sustainable Consumption Transformations: Implementation and impacts’ 

NUI, Galway Ireland (21-22 May 2015) 

Hosted by CONSENSUS#2 Project

in conjunction with

The National University of Ireland, Galway


Supported by the School of Geography and Archaeology


Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency


CONSENSUS, in conjunction with the National University of Ireland, Galway, hosted its second international conference on sustainable consumption on Thursday May 21st and Friday May 22nd 2015 in Galway. The conference theme was ‘Sustainable Consumption Transformations: Implementation and Impacts’.

The conference programme comprised of a mix of presentations, panel discussions and lightning talks from policymakers, researchers and practitioners. Paper presentations include Professor Audley Geus (Kingston University, London), Professor Magnus Bostrom (Örebro University, Sweden), Dr Stewart Barr (University of Exeter) and Dr. Ben Wooliscroft (University of Otago) to name but a few.

All speakers’ abstracts and biographies can be found in the conference proceedings booklet – please click here to download this document.

Keynote Public Address:

Professor Martina Schäfer (Technische Universität, Berlin ) provided the keynote address on the evening of Friday May 22nd 2015. Please see link to video of Professor Schafer’s address below:


Panel Discussion:

The conference also featured a joint plenary from Prof. Philip Vergragt (Tellus Institute & Clark University, USA), Gemma Adams (Forum for the Future, London), Neil Coles (Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption & Production (CSCP) and Kathleen Stokes (NESTA). Please see link to the video below to view this joint plenary discussion:

This two-day conference provided an international platform for both scholars and policymakers in the field of sustainable consumption to discuss and debate on-going research in this important area. Our conference was the only dedicated conference on the topic in Ireland and our 2015 agenda focused on implementation and impact of research on policy and action.

A feature of the first day of the conference programme comprised the launch of the CONSENSUS Final report – Click here for copy of CONSENSUS Report. This report outlines the insights gained from foundational and exploratory research in relation to household consumption detailing international good practice and tools for governing that may enable consumption to become more sustainable. Novel methods and approaches are outlined which support more collaborative and co-produced transdisciplinary action for attacking the complex dimensions of transforming consumption.

For further information on latest news and updates, please visit our official conference website.

Alternatively, please contact conference coordinator, Dr Mary Jo Lavelle, for further details at:



Below are some pictures from the event:

Stewart BarrDr Sarah Darby (Oxford University)Prof Philip J. Vergragt (Tellus Institute, Boston & Marsh Institute, Clark University, MA, USA)Prof Ben Wooliscroft (University of Otago) Dr Donna Lybecker and Dr Erika WoltersDr Stewart Barr abnd Prof Henrike RauDr Graham Lightfoot and Prof Dr Dr Martina Schafer150521--44Prof Dr Dr Martina SchaferMs Kathleen Stokes, Nesta, UKGemma Adams, Head of Innovation, Forum for the FutureDr Alison Browne (University of Machester)Dr Jonathon Derham (EPA)panel discussionLaunch of CONSENSUS report at CONSENSUS Conference 2015Dr David Prendergast (INTEL, Europe)