The Envisioning Future Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Transitioning Instruments Project is being implemented by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and One Earth. The implementing team is Lewis Akenji, Simon Gilby, Vanessa Timmer and Caixia Mao.
The implementing team is being assisted by a voluntary advisory group comprising people supporting sustainable lifestyles from across the globe.
Lewis Akenji, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
Lewis Akenji is the Programme Director for Sustainable Consumption and Production at IGES. He has extensive experience in both research and programme implementation in Europe and the Asia-Pacific. He has been the lead author of and contributed to a wide variety of academic articles, reports, roadmaps, frameworks and programmes.
Simon Gilby, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
Simon Gilby has been with IGES since July 2011. He is the day-to-day lead on the Envisioning Future Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Transitioning Instruments project under the SLE programme and is also contributing to the monitoring and evaluation of 10YFP projects. He previously worked on ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Model Cities Programme and has been involved in a diverse range of areas from community based urban sustainability projects, environmental knowledge management, and green growth among others. He received his MA in International Development from the University of East Anglia in 2007 and has worked in a variety of fields most notably business intelligence and education in both the UK and China.
Vanessa Timmer, One Earth, Canada
Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Canadian “think and do tank” focused on sustainable consumption and production with partners including the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Utrecht University, the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption, and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. Vanessa teaches sustainability and systems thinking, and co-hosts the television show, The Sustainable Region. One Earth advances sustainable lifestyles through both research and practice including its work leading the Lighter Footprint Community of Action in the City of Vancouver and through its international projects including Disruptive Imaginings, a campaign to create positive and compelling visions of life in sustainable futures. She is the co-lead of this project.
Caixia Mao, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
Caixia Mao joined IGES as a policy researcher in July 2017. She is currently working on envisioning future sustainable lifestyles and future foresight studies towards 2050. Prior to joining IGES, she worked at United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) in Japan on 3R and EST (Environmentally Sustainable Transport) initiatives and a market research company in Belgium on promoting natural refrigerant technology. She received M.Phil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford in the UK in 2013. Her research has been focusing on anthropological approach with ethnographic research method.
Erik Assadourian, Worldwatch Institute, United States
Erik Assadourian is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute. Over the past 16 years with Worldwatch, Erik has directed two editions of Vital Signs and five editions of State of the World, including the 2013 edition: Is Sustainability Still Possible? and the 2017 edition: EarthEd: Rethinking Education on a Changing Planet.
Erik also directs Worldwatch’s Transforming Cultures project, and designed Catan: Oil Springs, an eco-educational scenario for the popular board game Settlers of Catan. Over the past few years, Erik has also been working to produce Yardfarmers, a reality TV show that will follow six Millennial Americans as they exit the consumer economy to live with their parents and become sufficiency farmers. He is managing editor of the US hub of FUTUREPERFECT, and an adjunct professor at Goucher College. Finally, Erik spends about half of every day raising his 5-year old son, preparing him for the ecological transition and civilizational collapse most likely in our future.
Katarina Axelsson, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden
Katarina Axelsson is a Research Fellow at SEI. She specializes in sustainable consumption and lifestyles. Her main interest areas include governance for sustainable consumption and understanding the incentive structures, policies and measures that enable or hinder transition to more sustainable pathways at different levels and among different stakeholders. Ongoing research engagements include transition pathways for sustainable societies and in understanding opportunities and barriers for sustainable consumption at the local governance level. She is also involved in programmes and tools that help policy makers and households understand and measure the environmental pressures associated with our total consumption and lifestyles.
Recently, Katarina is also engaged in an initiative that aims to develop a methodology and toolbox for assessing the potential for social value creation with a special focus on the Swedish steel industry, and in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals. She has worked at SEI since 2001 and has plenty of international experience. Over the years she has contributed to and led numerous assignments and projects, particularly in the areas of climate change, regional air pollution and ozone layer protection, working in different geographical contexts and scales and through different governance levels. Prior to joining SEI, Katarina worked a number of years with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). She has an MSc in Social Science.
Arthur Batomalaque, San Carlos City Government, Philippines
Engr. Arthur A. Batomalaque is currently employed at the Local Government Unit of San Carlos City (a city known to be an emerging renewable energy hub of Asia) where he works as an Environmental Management Specialist and a Head of the Integrated Waste Management and Pollution Control Division under the City Environment Management Office.
He graduated in Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Philippines with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and passed his professional licensure exam on May 2002. He completed the Master’s in Environmental Engineering postgraduate course at the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City. He also finished international on-line courses with certificates from World Bank and the University of Chicago.
Engr. Batomalaque is an expert in the field of Waste Management where he has been trained locally and internationally such as his training on Sanitary Landfill Management in Pohlscheheide Landfill in Minden, Germany.
Last 2016, he was awarded as “Baganihan Sang Dunang Manggad (Heroes for the Environment)” by the Provincial Environment and Management Office of Negros Occidental. And on 2011, he and his co-workers in office were awarded as the “Presidential Lingkod Bayan Awardee” at the Malacanan Palace. This is the highest award received by a group or individual working in government service. The award was conferred by the President of the Republic of the Philippines.
Corazon Davis, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines
Corazon C. Davis, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Panning Service of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has worked in the Philippines government for the last 35 years in policy formulation and program implementation related to the protection, conservation and management of the natural resources and the promotion of healthy environment in the Philippines.
Concurrent with her position, she is the Chair of the Environmental Education in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources pursuant to the Philippines’s Republic Act No. 9512 or the Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008 where the DENR partnered with various stakeholders to improve environmental education to achieve sustainable development in the country and in the ASEAN region.
Under this law, the DENR informs all agencies concerned on current environmental updates including identifying priority environmental education issues for national action and providing strategic advice on the environmental education activities.
She is also the Chair of the National Inter-Agency Committee on Environmental Education, EU SWITCH Asia Policy Support Component (PSC) Program where we have developed the Luntiang Puso Program for a sustainable Philippines with support from the EU SWITCH-Asia Programme focusing on Sustainable Consumption and Production under Sustainable Development Goal 12. Finally, she serves as focal person of the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) where we have identified model cities in the Philippines and provided them with technical assistance and capacity building to promote initiatives on solid waste management.
Sonia Maria Dias, Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), Brazil
Sonia Maria Dias is a sector specialist at WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing – policy-research-action global network).
A “garbologist” by heart she is a sociologist by training with specialization in Solid Waste Management by the University of Kitakyushu (JICA), Japan. She has been active in the waste management field in Brazil since 1985 with a focus on promoting the integration of social inclusion aspects into the technical planning of waste collection and recycling. Her PhD thesis in Political Science is on the role of participation in solid waste management in Brazil. She is based in Belo Horizonte, South-east Brazil. She has worked in local, sub-national and national government agencies in Brazil. She is an associate researcher of NEPEM – Women Centre for studies and research of the Federal University of Minas Gerais.
Adina Claudia Dumitru, Universidade da Coruña, Spain
Dr. Adina Dumitru is a Senior Researcher at the University of A Coruña (Spain) and an Assistant Professor of Social Psychology at the West University of Timisoara. Her research focuses on the psychological dimensions of sustainable lifestyle change, the relationship between sustainable lifestyles and wellbeing, and the psychology of social innovation, empowerment and social cohesion. Currently, she leads work on developing a set of indicators for the evaluation of nature-based solutions in cities, as part of the CONNECTING Nature project. She was the scientific coordinator of the GLAMURS project, which adopted a time-use perspective to identify the opportunities for, and obstacles to, living sustainably and experiencing higher wellbeing. Her research in the TRANSIT project focuses on the psychological dimensions of agency, empowerment and social learning in social innovation and she is also currently working on developing a reference framework for the evaluation of nature-based solutions in cities. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from the University of A Coruña, and her MA in Political Science from Washington State University, where she was a junior Fulbright Scholar.
Fabián Echegaray, Market Analysis, Brazil
Fabián Echegaray has worked in market and opinion research for the past 25 years, mostly as director of Market Analysis, a research company based in Brazil. He became involved in CSR and sustainability issues in the mid-2000s on behalf of a variety of local and international organizations like Greenpeace, Consumers International (Brazil), Akatu, Petrobras, Coca-Cola, Organis, and O Boticario. Fabián’s core areas of interests relate to political and ethical consumerism, collaborative consumption, and pro-environmental behaviors. His research has appeared in the Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, and Latin American Research Review. Fabián holds a Ph.D in Political Science (University of Connecticut) and was professor at Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Trinity College (USA), and Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil).
Sonja Graham, Global Action Plan, UK
Sonja Graham’s aim in life is to show that the sustainable choice is the better choice, rather than the “green” one. With a background in psychology, she specialises in the design of behaviour change programmes that reduce environmental impact. Recent programmes include Water Explorer – a schools programme engaging over 50,000 students in 11 countries and UK’s Greenest Grocer – an internal energy efficiency programme that is saving Sainsbury’s supermarkets £millions and 000sTCO2 every year. As Managing Partner, Sonja is focused on scaling Global Action Plan’s profile and impact. Intent on closing the gap between research and practice, she founded a Behaviour Change working group with four universities and has authored papers on motivating environmental behaviour. Prior to joining GAP Sonja set up a behaviour change unit for a carbon consultancy and held a number of roles at an Energy company delivering global HSE training, environmental communications, change management and GHG reduction projects.
Misgana Kallore, Independent Consultant, Ethiopia
Misgana Elias Kallore is a conservationist by profession and has been introduced to low-carbon and the Green Economy agenda since 2012. Misgana’s most recent project was with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, supporting the Federal and Regional government of Ethiopia by providing technical and advisory support to help translate the country’s Green Economy agenda into concrete action.
With more than nine years’ worth of experience, Misgana is actively involved in and has been able to develop advanced skills and knowledge in the area of sustainable development, policy analysis, youth empowerment, research, project management, and capacity building. As a researcher, she has been involved in several policy researches with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Misgana is also involved with UNIDO’s economic development program to improve the livelihood of rural women in Ethipoia. Since November 2016, she has been taking part in the Innovation and Leadership Lab called Wellbeing Economy in Africa that aims at impacting global development discourse. She graduated in 2009 from the University of Kent, Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, UK with a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology. Along the skills and knowledge she has acquired through previous experience, her current involvement with local level planning units to implement Green Development Plan as well as her involvement in defining and promoting wellbeing economy is in line with sustainable lifestyle building.
Lai Choo Malone-Lee, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dr. Lai Choo MALONE-LEE is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Asian Cities (CSAC) at the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore. She is a researcher on urban issues, with specific interest in urban sustainability, particularly on its nexus with development, economic growth and city culture. Together with her research team in CSAC, she has been investigating planning strategies for sustainable growth, particularly for cities in developing countries in Asia, which are both complex and challenging. She believes that regenerative processes and ecological resource management are fundamental for our Cities.
Dr. Malone-Lee has worked with the Singapore government in several areas, including strategic planning and heritage conservation and continues to contribute to policy debates on critical urban issues through various advisory committees and think tanks. Regionally, she has consulted with Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). She serves as a Board Member of Singapore’s National Parks Board.
Sylvia Lorek, Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Germany
Sylvia Lorek is a researcher and policy consultant for sustainable consumption. She holds a Ph.D. in consumer economics based on degrees in household economics and nutrition (Oecotrophologie) as well as economics. The combination of these two disciplines provides her with the tools – the individual micro-economic and the societal macroeconomic perspective – for a well-founded analysis of the contexts, in which the scientific and societal discourses about sustainable consumption take place.
As chair of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute Germany e.V. Sylvia Lorek is working on studies and as consultant for national and international organisations und institutes and active in various national, regional and global networks on sustainable consumption.
Pan Haixiao, Tongji University, China
Prof. Pan Haixiao is Professor of Urban Planning in the Department of Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. He is one of China’s leading researchers in urban land use and transport planning. He has published three books and numerous articles in this area. In addition, he has been involved in many urban planning projects and transport planning studies commissioned by local governments, including Transport and Towns Development in Shanghai Region，Concept Study of Shanghai 2010 Expo Transport, Shanghai 2010 Expo Transport Management Framework (funded by Shanghai Municipal Government), and Metro Transport and Urban Spatial Structure (commissioned by China Nature Science Foundation). Professor Pan earned his Ph.D. in Engineering from Shanghai JiaoTong University in 1989.
Blake Robinson, Sustainability Institute, South Africa
Blake Robinson manages research and consulting projects at the Sustainability Institute, and is an Extraordinary Lecturer at the School of Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University. His undergraduate degree introduced him to consumer behaviour and communications, and before changing career paths to sustainability, he worked in marketing and advertising for high profile companies in Cape Town and London. Blake has been working with the Sustainability Institute since 2010 on a number of South African and international projects, including work for UN Environment, the International Resource Panel, UN-Habitat and DFID-UK amongst others. During that time, he has collaborated with a global network of experts on a variety of sustainability-related topics, with a focus on sustainable infrastructure, urban resource management, built environments and the green economy. He is particularly interested in adapting the methodologies employed by the advertising industry to achieve socially and environmentally beneficial outcomes, and how academic knowledge can be packaged in creative ways to expedite sustainability transitions. Blake is on the Advisory Board for UN Environment’s Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC), and is on the Stakeholder Council for GIB’s Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (SuRe).
Divya Sharma, Oxford Policy Management, India
Divya Sharma (PhD) is a Senior Consultant and Urban Development Specialist at OPM’s India Office. Affiliated to the Governance program at OPM, she is heads the urban policy and planning portfolio. She is an Urban Planner by way of training and holds a doctorate in Urban Climate Adaptation.
Her professional experience in the urban sector spans for more than 15 years where she has worked very closely on policy and technical assistance projects with municipal governments, development authorities and state governments on addressing the challenges of the cities. Her expertise and work relates to governance and policy particularly on urban reforms and institutional strengthening. Sustainability of urban service provision and pricing of services are some of the area of her interest. She comes with deep knowledge of Indian cities context and has conducted research that has advised policy at various levels of governance. She has been involved in research on deeper issues like access to services for urban poor, Urban environment , Ecological footprint, Green economy to name a few. More recently, she is working with the central and city governments on Smart Cities- Indian Government’s prestigious national scheme involving 100 lighthouse smart cities.
Besides this, she has worked extensively on mainstreaming climate resilience in urban development frameworks of cities with state and city governments in India, assessing risks and vulnerability of cities and the population there to climate change impacts, planning for climate change adaptation and building resilience of the city and its systems to climate impacts.
She is a distinguished member of the Consultation Committee of the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) – a 9 year long initiative supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. She has authored many working papers, policy reviews and research papers which have been published in prestigious international and national journals. She is in the review panel of many international peer reviewed journals.
Edina Vadovics, Green Dependent Institute, Hungary
Edina Vadovics (M.Sc., M.Ed., M.Phil.) is research director of GreenDependent Institute and president of GreenDependent Association in Hungary, non-profit sister organizations in Hungary. Both organizations have the mission to promote and research sustainable lifestyles, focusing on facilitating dialogue between research and practice.
Ms Vadovics manages GreenDependent’s work in international research projects, and campaigns. While her research focuses on sustainable communities and lifestyles, she is also involved in action projects. Earlier, she worked in corporate sustainability management, and taught related courses at various universities. She also worked as an external expert to the European Environment Agency and UNEP, and contributed to some of their key publications. She is member of the advisory board of the TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory research project, and was a key expert in the URBACT Capitalization project on social innovation in cities.
Ms Vadovics is a member of the SCORAI Europe steering committee, and has contributed to several SCORAI workshops and co-organized SCORAI special sessions at conferences. She was also involved in the scientific and organization committee of the 5th International Degrowth Conference.
Lei Zhang, Renmin University, China
Dr. Lei Zhang obtained her master and doctoral degrees in environmental management from Wageningen University in the Netherlands and since 2002 she continued to work as teacher and researcher at Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University.
She joined the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Renmin University of China as associate professor since 2009. As an environmental sociologist, her researches cover topics ranging from ecological modernization of rural industries in China, environmental risk management, governmental environmental auditing, governance of environmental flows, environmental information disclosure, sustainable consumption, to food safety, etc. She teaches courses on environmental policy analysis and evaluation, environmental politics of major powers and research methods in environmental science. She also worked as consultant for different international organizations. She is currently serving the Journal of Society and Natural Resources as associate editor. Since 2014, she serves as the contact person for SCORAI China.