Call for Abstracts
The Transparency Project: Everyday Products, Consumer Knowledge and Environmental Impacts
(February 20-21, 2020, University of South Australia, Adelaide)
Hosted by China Australia Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of South Australia, this one day and a half seminar and linked publication will be focused on the problem of opacity, or a lack of evident transparency and traceability in everyday products in today's global economy.
Consumers today have very little reliable information about the environmental impacts of the products and services that dominate their lives. From cars and phones to furniture, appliances and packaged foods, most products and services are understood and compared in terms of advertised claims which can be misleading. There is growing evidence to suggest that when consumers are made aware of an environmental problem (as evidenced by research following the ABC's War on Waste TV series), they are more likely to accept pro-environmental regulatory change (such as bans on plastic bags).
Given recent rapid advancements in material and energy assessment, sensing and communication technologies, there are few reasons why environmental impact information cannot be presented to consumers and other actors in the market in a more accessible format. Policy makers, designers, producers, retailers and waste managers could also benefit from access to this information.
This seminar and related book project aim to explore how we might be able to establish higher standards of transparency and traceability in everyday consumption, and how this might be used to support a transition to more 'responsible production and consumption' (SDG12). Policy and regulation, business and economic development, design and production, and waste management services could all benefit from reducing the global economy's present environmental opacity.
Multidisciplinary in focus, the seminar's organisers invite presentations on three themes:
Invitation to Participate
Abstracts (up to 200 words) should be sent to Dr Robert Crocker by October 30, 2019, for consideration by the seminar's organising committee. More details on the seminar, including keynotes (once confirmed), sponsors, and related activities, will be posted on the Unmaking Waste website in July (www.unmakingwaste.org ). Publication Opportunity: A selection of accepted papers will be published in a book with an international publisher. More details about this opportunity will be made available in due course.