Special Issue "Sustainable Lifestyles and Consumer Behavior—Production and Consumption Systems"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke
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Guest Editor
1. Director of the Division Sustainable Production and Consumption, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, 42004 Wuppertal, Germany
2. Professor for Sustainability Research in Design, Department of Industrial Design, Folkwang University of the Arts, 45239 Essen, Germany
Interests: sustainable consumption and production; design for sustainability and circularity
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Prof. Terry Irwin
Guest Editor
Transition Design Institute, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, PA 15213, USA
Interests: transition design; Living Systems Theory; sustainable design; design theory
Dr. Lewis Akenji
Guest Editor
Hot or Cool, Manteuffelstrasse 47, 12103 Berlin, Germany
Interests: sustainable lifestyles; consumer scapegoatism and power dynamics
Prof. Dr. Amrit Srinivasan
Guest Editor
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences, Centre for Design & New Media, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT-D), Delhi 110020, India
Interests: knowledge society; design; performing arts; social diversity; culture&lifestyle

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is focused on sustainable lifestyles and consumer behavior. The COVID-19 crisis has shown us not only our social vulnerability but also the importance of our personal lifestyles for sustainability: Leisure and mobility behavior had to be massively reduced, some food and other daily consumer goods were suddenly no longer available without restriction, and personal consumption behavior shifted largely to the digital realm.

We welcome research that investigates how more resilient product and consumption systems can be planned and communicated, particularly in relation to individual lifestyles. Contributors from various fields are invited to submit their articles on the following topics: The importance of design, art and communication for transition and implementation of more sustainable resource-light production and consumption patterns in different lifestyles, real-world lab investigation of social and sociotechnical innovations for SCP, strengthening local economic cycles, the importance of public welfare orientation for more sustainable production, using the experiences from the COVID-19 crisis to make the importance of more sustainable production and consumption more visible and tangible, and the upscaling of footprint reduction potential by modeling of sustainable lifestyles and implementing international targets (e.g., 1.5 degree lifestyles, 8 ton society).

Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke
Prof. Terry Irwin
Dr. Lewis Akenji
Prof. Dr. Amrit Srinivasan
Guest Editors

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 semimonthly 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 1800 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.


  • Public interest orientation
  • Social design and artistic interventions
  • COVID-19 crisis
  • Sustainable consumption
  • Sustainable production
  • Resilience
  • Social Innovation
  • Real world-lab research
  • Local economic cycles
  • Urban consumption

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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