Book Launch: Sustainable Materialism

Thursday 5 September 2019
5.30 pm - 7.30pm

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Law School Foyer, New Law School, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney


Join the Sydney Environment Institute in celebrating the launch of David Schlosberg and Luke Craven’s new book Sustainable Materialism, a work that explores the new wave of sustainability movements that are reclaiming material systems and overturning environmental injustices across the world.

In the face of a set of environmental crises, a growing number of environmental and community groups are focusing on more sustainable practices in everyday life, from sustainable food and food justice movements, community energy groups, and the sustainable fashion industry. Drawing on years of research including activist interviews, Sustainable Materialism explores the political motivations of these movements – frustration with the political status quo, a desire for social and environmental justice and a dedication to local and prefigurative politics.

At this launch event, the book’s authors, SEI Director David Schlosberg and UNSW’s Luke Craven, will lead a discussion about these revolutionary movements and the unique qualities which define them, including collective rather than individual action and a demand that sustainability be practiced in everyday life – starting with the materials and flows that provide food, power, clothing, and other basic needs.

Refreshments will be served from 5.15 pm. Launch will commence at 5.30 pm.

To register, please contact sei.events@sydney.edu.au


Professor David Schlosberg, Sydney Environment Institute
Dr Luke Craven, UNSW Canberra
Professor Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne
Professor Katherine Gibson, Western Sydney University


David Schlosberg is Professor of Environmental Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations, Payne-Scott Professor, and Director of the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney. His main theoretical interests are in environmental and climate justice, climate adaptation and resilience, and environmental movements and the practices of everyday life – what he terms sustainable materialism.

Luke Craven is a Research Fellow in the Public Service Research Group at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. Dr Craven’s research focuses on developing new tools to understand and address complex policy challenges.He works with a range of public sector organisations to adapt and apply systems frameworks to support policy design, implementation, and evaluation.

Robyn Eckersley is a Professor in Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia She has published widely in the fields of global environmental politics, international relations, and environmental political theory, with a special focus on the politics of climate change.

Katherine Gibson is internationally known for her research on rethinking economies as sites of ethical action. She trained as a human geographer with expertise in political economy and, with her collaborator for over 30 years, the late Professor Julie Graham, developed a distinctive approach to economic geography drawing on feminism, post-structuralism and action research. The diverse economies research program they initiated has become a vibrant sub-field of study within the social sciences.