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Special Issue "Sustainable Action in Consumption and Production"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Lisa McNeill

Department of Marketing, Otago Business School, University of Otago, New Zealand
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Interests: consumer behaviour; consumption; sustainability; manufacturing and retail; fashion consumption; consumer decision-making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Current consumption patterns worldwide are recognized as unsustainable, with efforts in recent years to address critical ecological and social problems through models that encourage the growth of environment friendly behaviours amongst consumers. Many of these models are institutional or legislative in their nature, and the broader issue of leveraging change in consumption behaviour, specifically related to sustainable action, remains a topical area for investigation. Understanding buying behaviour is an important aspect of enacting consumer change, and this Special Issue calls for submissions that explore transforming consumer practices that have negative environmental or social impacts. Further, to meet the sustainability challenges we face, theories offering broader, system-level initiatives are required of researchers. It is apparent that consumers are calling for more information on sustainability in relation to production processes and that frameworks for sustainable production can be viewed through a consumption lens, with a purpose of empowering the consumer and creating catalysts for change. This Special Issue seeks to connect literature on consumption patterns, behaviour change and socially oriented decision-making by consumers. Further, the issue will highlight the intersection between sustainable production processes and encouraging sustainable forms of consumption by individuals.

We thus invite researchers to contribute original research, as well as review articles, that address the topics of consumer action in sustainable consumption, communities of practice, agency and context in sustainable consumption, and the role of sustainable production in consumer behaviour change.

Dr. Lisa McNeill
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • consumption
  • production
  • sustainable action
  • consumption systems
  • consumer behaviour change

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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