Call for Submissions: SASP-SPSSI Small Group Meeting

SASP-SPSSI Small Group Meeting:

The Psychology of Sustainable Consumption: Perception, Purchasing, Policy, and Promotion

May 18-20, 2018

The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Humanity’s current pace, volume, and habits of consumption threaten to overwhelm the resources of our planet: the UN estimates that if the global population reaches 9.6 billion, we would need almost three planets to sustain our current lifestyle. Psychology has a lot to offer the understanding of current consumption levels, as well as in promoting strategies for reducing and mitigating the impact of our consumption on the planet. To this end, in this small group meeting, we seek contributions from psychology and related disciplines, that consider the issue of sustainable consumption: how is it defined and perceived, what are the barriers to achieving it – both at the individual level (e.g. when making purchasing decisions) and at the societal level (e.g. environmental policy) – and how can it be promoted.

This small group meeting promises to be a dynamic event promoting diverse perspectives on the issue of sustainability, including those of featured speakers Paul Rozin (University of Pennsylvania), Janet Swim (Penn State University), Michael Siegrist (ETH Zurich), and Yoshi Kashima (University of Melbourne).

The meeting will take place May 18-20, 2018 at The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

The deadline for abstract submissions is January 17, 2018.

For more information about the meeting and to submit an abstract, please visit the conference webpage here and complete this form (link below as well) by January 17, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be emailed to the primary author by early February 2018. Graduate students are especially invited to apply, and will be eligible for travel support on a needs basis.

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Kind regards,

The Organizing Committee

Matt Ruby, Iain Walker, Hanne M Watkins, & Geoff Goodwin