Consumption enables us to satisfy our diverse basic needs. It plays a fundamental role in our well-being and is a central component of our economic system. Particularly in industrialized countries, however, our level of consumption has ecological consequences far beyond what might be considered sustainable for the planet. In addition, our current form of consumption often comes at the expense of labour and living conditions in producer countries of the global South.
CDE investigates how relations between producers and consumers can be structured more fairly. In addition, our researchers look for innovations that enable environmentally friendly consumption and lifestyles within a low-impact economy.
From niche to society: social innovations for sustainable consumption
Local energy transition experiments for a low-carbon society
Solidarity economy for developing organic farming
Tackling inequalities on the way to sustainable food systems – JUST-FOOD
Time is wealth: Part-time work as a means to foster sustainable lifestyles?
Towards Food Sustainability
Awareness and action to mitigate noise pollution
Nudging approaches and their effectiveness
Survey of the per-capita consumption of natural resources in Germany
Sustainable social innovations and grassroots movements