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Responsible Consumption and Production

About the Goal


The United Nations aims to establish sustainable consumption and production patterns globally by 2030.

Northwestern is engaged in a broad range of research projects and other initiatives aimed at realizing this goal, from initiatives examining ethical consumer decision-making to sustainability in food packaging and plastics to the development of new sustainable polymers, recycling methods and environmental impact assessment tools.




Northwestern Experts and Initiatives

ISEN Program on Plastics, Ecosystems and Public Health

The Program on Plastics, Ecosystems, and Public Health (PEPH) at the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) is a multidisciplinary team science initiative that examines the product lifecycle of everyday plastics, exploring the implications for environmental and human well-being, as well as novel and scalable solutions to mitigate those impacts. PEPH Program priorities include research on associated ecosystem and public health impacts and the discovery of substitute materials that are economical and environmentally benign or restorative. In its effort to address the diverse challenges related to the global use and accumulation of plastics, ISEN brings together experts from across Northwestern as well as collaborators from academic, civic, NGO, and industrial partner institutions.

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Helen Chun

Helen Chun

Helen Chun is an associate professor of IMC at Medill and an associate professor, by courtesy, at Kellogg School of Management. As a behavioral researcher studying people's motivations and behavior, her expertise lies in bringing psychological approaches to managing and enhancing consumer experience, particularly studying consumer emotions, experience design and services marketing. Chun's research has also focused on branding, prosocial and sustainability-related issues, and technology-driven consumer insights. Her extensive research collaboration with the service industry has shaped and honed the experience-focused approach to her research and pedagogy.

Featured Course

Consumer Insight (301-0-20)

Focuses on social science theories that help explain why and how individuals, families, and groups acquire, consume, and dispose of goods, services, ideas, brands, and experiences. Emphasizes the goals and experiences people have to better understand them as consumers. Examines psychological, economic, communication, anthropological, and sociological perspectives on human action that provide insight into consumer behavior.

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