Iain Black

Prof, Professor of Sustainable Consumption, Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society

  • United Kingdom

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Sustainable Consumption, Barriers to Sustainable Consumption,

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Personal Statement

My main areas of expertise and interest are in the fields of sustainable consumption and climate change, contributing to SDG’s 12, (Sustainable Consumption and Production), 4 (Quality Education) and 13, Climate Action.

My research focuses on why people choose not to consume (anti-consumption), deconsumerisation, responses to scarcity and why we say will act sustainably but don’t. This is known as the ‘Green gap’.   On these and related topics I’ve been published in top ranked academic journals including: Journal of Cleaner Production, Sustainable Development, Psychology & Marketing, the European Journal of Marketing, Marketing Letters, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Marketing Management and Journal of Consumer Behaviour.

I lead Strathclyde Business School’s sustainability strategy across the faculty and am PRME Director.  A main focus for my knowledge exchange activities is the Climate Solutions Programme https://www.climatesolutionsnetwork.com/ this is a partnership with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society that provides upskilling training helping managers develop the knowledge and skills required to meet organisational challenges from climate change.

I am a past Sustainable Consumption theme leader for the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) and remain active within policy forums and charities including Common Weal and Friends of the Earth Scotland. My recent contributions to policy appear in; ‘Sorted: A handbook for a better Scotland’, ‘Our Common home: A Green New Deal for Scotland’, ‘Building Back Better: Principles for sustainable resource use in a Wellbeing economy’ and the Scottish Governments Climate Change Engagement Strategy. I was a member of the Circularity Gap Report (CGR) Scotland Advisory Group and currently sit on the Scottish Governments Global Footprint Outcome Working Group.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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