Welcome Drinks - Wednesday 3 December 2008

Venue: Room 215/216 Economics and Business Building, University of Sydney

6 pm to 7 pm

Welcome drinks

Day One - Thursday 4 December 2008

Venue: Powerhouse Museum, Target Theatre

Chair: Dr Iain Black (Symposium Chair)

9 am to 11 am

Session 1

Theme: Understanding Anti-Consumption

Conceptualisations of Consumerism in the New Politics of Consumption
Assoc Prof. Kim Humphery, RMIT
Consumption and Materialism: Marketing's Interface with Consumer Responsibility
Prof. Charlene Bebko, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Anti-consumption endeavours in post-modern global markets
Muneeza Mirza, Post graduate student, University of Sydney
Dr Ulku Uksel, University of Sydney

11 am to 11.30 am

Coffee Break

11.30 am to 1 pm

Session 2

Theme: Learning from anti-consumption research

Chair: Assoc Prof. Kim Humphery

Learning from History: Social Movements, Arts and Crafts and Anti Consumption
Dr Stella Minahan, Deakin University
Not Consuming Meat
Prof. Michael Basil, University of Lethbridge
Why not? The reasons for not considering a brand by non-brand users
Magda Nenycz-Thiel, Research Associate, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute
Stine Hoj, Ehrenberg-Bass Institute

1 pm to 2 pm


2 pm to 3.30 pm

Session 3:

Theme: Understanding the (Non) Consumer

Chair: Dr Stella Minahan

Can anti-consumerist values be expressed through second hand clothes shopping?
Itir Binay, Monash University
Dr Jan Brace-Govan, Monash University
Identity boundaries: Understanding the limits on Sustainable behaviour
Dr Iain Black, University of Sydney
Julie Oscuro, Sweeney Research ltd.
Consuming the inauthentic
Assoc Prof. Anne-Marie Hede, Victoria University, Australia
Dr Maree Thyne, University of Otago

3.30 pm to 3.45 pm

Coffee Break

3.45 pm to 5 pm

Session 4:

Theme: Consumption. Should we be “anti” it?

Chair: Dr Ulku Uksel

A Foundation for Consumer Rights: The Case of Credit Card Debt
Assoc. Prof Paul Henry, University of Sydney
Dr Michael Paton, University of Sydney
The dark-side of anti-consumption
Dr Mike Lee, University of Auckland

7.30 pm to Late

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Day Two - Friday 5 December 2008

Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens, Maiden Theatre

9.30 am to 11 am

Session 1:

Theme: Sustainability and Consumption: What can we do?

Chair: Dr Mike Lee, ICAR founder

Triple bottom line Analysis
Dr Chris Dey, Centre of Integrated Sustainability Analysis
Selling sustainability
Paul Priday, Principal Director, Great Expectations

11 am to 11.30 am

Coffee Break

11.30 am to 1pm

Session 2:

Theme: Why consumers don’t do more?

Chair : Prof. Mike Basil

Why consumers donít do as they say: Hyperbolic Discounting vs. Temporal Construal Theory
Prof Charles Areni, University of Sydney
Dr Iain Black, University of Sydney
Mind the Gap: Toward an understanding of the gap between the intentions of ethically-minded consumers and their actual buying behaviour
Michal Carrington, PhD Candidate, University of Melbourne
Ben Neville, University of Melbourne
Prof Greg Whitwell, University of Melbourne
Do social product features have value to consumers?
Paul Burke, UTS, Sydney

1 pm to 2 pm


2 pm to 3.30 pm

Special session on Marketing’s role on Over-consumption

Chair: Dr Iain Black

Panel Members:

  • Jeff Angel, Executive Director, Total Environment Centre

  • Assoc Prof. Gary Noble, Director, Centre for Social Marketing Research, University of Wollongong

  • Assoc Prof. Kim Humphery, Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project: ‘Anti-Consumerism in the Contemporary West’, RMIT

  • Assoc Prof. Terry Beed, Lecturer in Regulatory Environment and Ethics

3.30 pm to 3.45pm


3.45 pm to 5pm

Chair: Dr Mike Lee

ICAR round table:

  • Symposium conclusions

  • Discussing Challenges

  • Setting Research Agenda