ConPolicy Newsletter 2022 – 9

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  News about ConPolicy

Strengthening youth participation in policy consulting
ConPolicy starts consulting project for the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture 

The project 'Strengthening Youth Participation in BMEL Policy Consulting' aims to support the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in raising its youth policy profile and strengthening consultative youth participation in policy consulting.

The 11-month project will start in September 2022 and will be implemented by ConPolicy – Institute for Consumer Policy and nexus Institute for Cooperation Management and Interdisciplinary Research. To ensure that the youth participation approach is effective and well manageable for BMEL's organizational units, this project is based on a mix of methods and stakeholder involvement. The project is implemented in two work steps - development of a concept as well as a manual.

Further information on the project can be found here.

Citizen Science project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Scientific publication on decluttering as household work and potentials for sustainable consumption published

In a newly published research article in the journal Frontiers in Sustainability, Viola Muster, Samira Iran and Marlene Münsch discuss the extent to which decluttering can contribute to sustainable consumption. After conceptually situating lifestyle minimalism and decluttering in the context of homemaking and self-care, potentials and limitations for promoting sustainable consumption are outlined. Initial empirical findings from the project are then presented.

The article can be found here.

More information about the project can be found here.

Event of the Ministry for Family, Women, Culture and Integration Rhineland-Palatinate
Invitation to the Consumer Protection at Noon event on the topic of 'Right to repair'

Current consumer policy topics are regularly discussed as part of the digital event series 'Consumer Protection at Noon' organized by the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry for Family Affairs, Women, Culture and Integration with the support of ConPolicy. In the next event on Friday, September 23, from 12:00 to 13:00, experts will engage in conversation on the topic of 'Right to repair'.

It is not only at EU and federal level that the topic of 'reparability' is high on the political agenda. However, the concrete implementation and design of a 'right to repair' has many facets and challenges. Lack of financial resources, different responsibilities and viable concepts of how cooperation can work are just a few examples.

The virtual panel will include Katharina Binz (Consumer Protection Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate), Anna Cavazzini (European Parliament), Tom Hansing ('Runder Tisch Reparatur e.V.') Christoph Tochtrop (Wuppertal Institute), Elke Salzmann (Federation of German Consumer Organizations) and Werner Scholz (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) e.V.). The event will be moderated by ConPolicy Managing Director Prof. Dr. Christian Thorun.

You can register for the event here.

  Consumer policy news

Gaming among children and teens: More than two hours daily for video and computer games

The digital association Bitkom published new survey results on the consumption behavior of video and computer games among children and young people… Read more

New communication channels in the travel industry: one fifth of vacation travelers prefer video telephony

Today, the digital association Bitkom published new survey results on the preferred communication channels among travelers and their service… Read more

New GfK Index: New GfK Index: German consumers continue to pay attention to sustainability, but want to save money

Today, the German Society for Consumer Research (GfK) published its second GfK Sustainability Index examining the attitudes of German consumers… Read more

  Recommended reading

German Federal Cartel Office
Sector inquiry into online advertising – Discussion report

This document is designed as a discussion report in the context of the sector inquiry of the German Federal Cartel Office into online advertising.… Read more

Stein, A. et al.
Development of public transport during and after the pandemic

This report provides an overview of the effects of the Corona pandemic on the passenger transport market, and in particular on short-distance public… Read more

Rubik, F. et al.
Reducing packaging – Influence and control options of municipalities

Municipalities pay a lot of money to eliminate waste such as single-use packaging. The handout presents 28 measures with which cities can influence… Read more

Muster, V., S. Iran & M. Münsch
The cultural practice of decluttering as household work and its potentials for sustainable consumption

Popular literature and guidebooks on minimalism and decluttering have brought the idea of 'less is more' into the mainstream. Although decluttering… Read more

Gotsch, M. et al.
The contribution of big data, AI and digital platforms on the way to a green economy – Areas of application and development potential

In this report, the points of intersection between on the one hand the hoped-for shift in Germany toward a green economy and on the other hand the… Read more

Rauber, J. et al.
Less traffic, greater quality of life – Guidelines for communicating sufficiency as a goal of municipal transport policy

The topic of sufficiency can become very emotional, especially in the area of mobility: Design options for a better quality of life through less… Read more