Marlyne Sahakian is a Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment at the University of Lausanne. She is currently coordinating national and European research projects on household energy and food consumption, working with interdisciplinary teams. Her research interest is in understanding natural resource consumption patterns and practices, in relation to environmental promotion and social equity, and identifying opportunities for transitions towards more sustainable societies. She writes regularly for journals in the field of sustainability, as well as food and energy consumption. Her recent work includes a book titled Keeping Cool in Southeast Asia: energy consumption and urban air-conditioning (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and an edited volume titled Food Consumption in the City: Practices and patterns in urban Asia and the Pacific (Routledge Studies in Food, Society & the Environment, 2016). She is also a founding member of SCORAI Europe, a network in the field of sustainable consumption research and action.
Sahakian, M. and H. Wilhite. (2014) Making practice theory practicable: towards more sustainable forms of consumption, The Journal of Consumer Culture 14(1): 25-44.
Sahakian, M. (2011) Understanding household energy consumption patterns: When “West is Best” in Metro Manila, Energy Policy 39(2): 596-602.
Sahakian, M. (2014) Keeping Cool in Southeast Asia: energy consumption and urban air-conditioning. Palgrave Macmillan. 265 pp.
Sahakian, M. (2015). Getting emotional: historic and current changes in food consumption practices viewed through the lens of cultural theories, in Kennedy, E. H., et al., (Eds) Putting sustainability into practice: advances and applications of social practice theories, Edward Elgar.
Sahakian, M., Saloma, C. and Erkman, S. (2016) Food Consumption in the City: Practices and patterns in urban Asia and the Pacific, Routledge Studies in Food, Society & the Environment. 13 chapters.