York Festival of Ideas: The Road Towards Sustainable Consumption

8 Jun 2021

FREE online event: 8 June, 1 – 2pm | Organised by York Festival of Ideas

About this event

What is the role of business in driving sustainability and sufficient consumption?

Unsustainable consumption is at the very heart of our sustainability crisis. At this online event, organised by the York Festival of Ideas, Nancy Bocken and Laura Niessen of Maastricht University’s Sustainability Institute will discuss the fundamental role companies can play in driving sustainable consumption patterns through new business models which look beyond the ‘green consumer’. 

Discover how extending product life, shared ownership and in-built reusability could drive sustainable consumption and circular economy models. 


This event will be led by Nancy Bocken and Laura Niessen.

Nancy Bocken is Professor in Sustainable Business at Maastricht University’s Sustainability Institute. She has coordinated various research projects with a focus on business as the driver for sustainability transitions.  She is also academic lead of the development of a new Masters programme in sustainable business, in partnership with the University of York.

Laura Niessen’s background in sustainability sciences and environmental studies has seen her delving into research around circular economy policy in Ireland as well as working with Nancy Bocken on the ERC-funded Circular X project at the Maastricht Sustainability Institute.  Her PhD research aims to investigate how circular economy business models can drive sustainable consumption through sufficiency-based approaches.


Tuesday 8 June, 1.00 – 2.00pm


This event will be hosted over Zoom. You can sign up via the link below. You will receive a link to join a couple of days before the event takes place, and a reminder an hour before.

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