Centre for Consumption Insights
A centre focusing on real-world problems of consumption, which are of global significance for marketing practice and public policy.
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About this Centre
Led by Professor Maria Piacentini, this Centre (CCI) builds on the research excellence and the international, interdisciplinary networks of colleagues in the Department of Marketing. We have expertise in all aspects of consumption, from a focus on consumer culture theory and the sociology of consumption and markets, through to experimental work in the domain of consumer psychology.
Our work thus far has had an emphasis on consumption-related issues linked to health and consumer wellbeing, including: alcohol consumption; excessive food consumption; parenting practices and consumption; health and wellbeing; sustainable consumption; religious consumption; online consumption; youth and consumption; and health communications.
We aim to generate and disseminate cutting-edge knowledge and insights about Consumption and Consumer Behavior reflecting corporate and policy concerns. We work with policy and corporate partners to identify pressing problems and hot topics that can form the basis of research applications to develop actionable insights to address these areas.
We're home to a vibrant doctoral community where our PhD students are encouraged to take advantage of the School's research strengths to develop core skills. We welcome PhD applicants with an appropriate Masters degree or those who have a specialised Marketing undergraduate degree.
Teresa AldrenResearch Enhancement and Centres Administrator
Centre for Consumption Insights, Centre for Family Business, Centre for Financial Econometrics, Asset Markets and Macroeconomic Policy, Centre for Health Futures, Centre for Marketing Analytics & Forecasting, Centre for Productivity & Efficiency, Centre for Technological Futures , Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL)
Dr Carolyn DownsSenior Lecturer
Centre for Consumption Insights, Fundamentals of IRAS, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, Management and Society, Society and Human Behaviour
The Sustainable Consumption cluster of the CCI includes a critical mass of researchers investigating sustainable patterns of consumption and production. This specialist cluster centres on exploring and theorising greener forms of consumer behaviour, alternative ways of engaging with the market like sharing and renting in a circular economy, media representations of sustainability, and the empowerment and mobilisation of the public to achieve less resource-intensive ways of living and consuming. The cluster is actively involved in generating knowledge that can contribute to our theoretical understanding of consumption in the wider sustainability landscape as well as producing applicable insights. Working in collaboration with partners, organisations, government, other researchers and households, the goal of the Sustainable Consumption cluster of the CCI is to provide actionable guidance for policy, key supply chain stakeholders and consumers to drive towards cleaner, greener growth and more environmentally friendly lifestyles.
The Sustainable Consumption cluster contributes to the UKRI NERC funded PPiPL project led by Lancaster University in collaboration with 11 project partners.
The PPiPL project aims to fundamentally shift behaviours around food plastic packaging. Combining excellence in marketing, supply chains, waste management, chemistry and material science, PPiPL will deliver innovative solutions in the drive to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic waste. Focusing on how plastic packaging is embedded in consumers’ day-to-day lives, the project will undertake a holistic examination of the packaging supply chain to close the attitude-behaviour gap in consumers’ approaches to plastic usage and wastage.
Vulnerable Consumers Research Cluster
The Vulnerable Consumers cluster of the CCI focusses on how people who, as a result of personal situation, socio-demographic characteristics, or structural characteristics of the market environment, experience a higher risk of encountering negative outcomes in their exchange relationships with the market. The cluster considers the challenges faced by various segments of the consumer population when interacting with, integrating themselves into, and seeking to maximise their wellbeing through consumer culture. Working in collaboration with members of the public and partners, a key function of the Vulnerable Consumers cluster is to help society to better understand the multi-dimensional nature of consumer vulnerability and to provide guidance for policy and market actors in ensuring a more inclusive and supportive market environment.
The Marketplace and I Accordion
The Marketplace and I
The Marketplace and I: Commercial Experiences of Disability Explored through Art project is funded by The Marketing Trust and aims to promote social change for consumers living with disability. Throughout 2019, consumers living with disability created personal artworks, which individually represented their commercial experiences in marketplace settings. The project culminated in an exhibition, which included nine collections, representing a range of disabilities and a multitude of commercial experiences. The art exhibition launched on the 3rd -7th of December 2019, coinciding with International Day of Persons with Disabilities and UK Disability History Month and attracted over 300 people from outside academia. There is more about this work here and was led by Leighanne Higgins.
Craft Consumption Research Cluster
The Craft Consumption research cluster of the CCI is interested in the synergies between production, marketing and consumption of craft-related products. Craft is an important sector, globally worth $35bn in 2017, with the potential to grow to $50.9bnby 2024. In the UK craft contributes £3.4bn to the UK economy, employing almost 150,000 people. In 2013 UNESCO has noted the potential of craft and artisan skills to improve the economies of both developed and developing countries, finding craft and artisan production could highlight shared cultural heritage, encourage community cohesion, contribute to low-carbon economies, improve opportunities for marginalised groups and offer employment in a sector unlikely to be adversely affected by the 4th Industrial Revolution (robotisation, artificial intelligence, internet of things).
The CASCADE Project Accordion
The CASCADE Project
(Craft and Artisan Skills for Co-operative and Digital Enterprise and Innovation)
Project reference number: 2020-1-UK01-KA204-078959
The craft consumption cluster is funded by the EU and is working in collaboration with partners in the UK (The Good Things Collective), Ireland (Rural Hub), Italy (Associazione Submeet) Poland (the University of Lodz and Lodzki Centre of Teacher Training and Vocational Education) and Bulgaria (Druzhestvo Znanie)
The five objectives of our project cover digital learning for business growth (pricing, digital marketplaces, digital marketing, retail channels etc), innovation and sustainable (closed loop) production along with inter-generational learning, careers advice for young people interested in crafts and the creation of a new network to enable craft and artisan workers to link up with new markets and consumers for their products.
Our innovative outputs and multiplier events include inter-generational workshops with exhibitions of co-created crafts and a comprehensive package of innovation learning, covering design, marketing, business model and supply innovation. We consider the urgency of the climate emergency and the importance of the craft and artisan sector in contributing to a low-carbon economy with a substantive output setting out routes for low-emission, zero-waste production to enable the craft and artisan sector to innovate in this area, and to make use of their sustainability credentials in marketing their products.
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