Marlyne Sahakian

Prof. Marlyne Sahakian

Professeure assistante

+41 22 379 83 29


Marlyne Sahakian est docteure en études du développement (2011) et professeure assistante en sociologie à l’Université de Genève, spécialisée sur la thématique de la consommation dans une perspective de durabilité. Sa recherche est axée sur le lien entre gestion des ressources, pratiques sociales du quotidien et équité sociale, avec comme approche principale la sociologie de la consommation. Elle est membre fondatrice de SCORAI Europe, un réseau de recherche et actions en consommation durable, et est également active dans le réseau de recherche en consommation de l’Association européenne de sociologie (RN05).


Recherches en cours

Green public spaces and sustainable cities in South and Southeast Asia: Integrating needs and societal wellbeing. Swiss Network for International Studies, Jan 2018 – Dec 2019

European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy (ENERGISE), Work Package Lead: Comparing Energy Cultures. Horizon 2020 Grant. Lead: Frances Fahy, NUI Galway. Eight European partners. Fall 2016 – Fall 2019  

Tipping points towards healthy and sustainable diets in Switzerland: understanding prescriptions, practices and impacts. NRP69, Swiss National Science Foundation. Sept 2016 – August 2018

Understanding household energy consumption: social practices, norms and values, and learning how to change. NRP71, Swiss National Science Foundation. Jan 2015 – Dec 2017


Principales publications


Sahakian, M. (2014) Keeping Cool in Southeast Asia: energy consumption and urban air-conditioning. Palgrave Macmillan. 265 pp.

Edited book

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.

Articles in peer reviewed journals

Moreau, V., M. Sahakian, P van Grieythusen and F. Vuille. (2017). "Coming full circle: why social and institutional dimensions matter for the circular economy." Journal of Industrial Ecology.  21(3): 497-506.

Sahakian M., T. Leuzinger et C. Saloma (2017). Uncovering changing prescriptions and practices around organic agriculture in Metro Manila, the Philippines. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. 41(5): 505-525.

Leray, L., M. Sahakian and S. Erkman (2016). Understanding household food metabolism: relating micro-level material flow analysis to consumption practices. Journal of Cleaner Production. 125: 44-55.

Chakraborty, L.B., M. Sahakian, U. Rani, M. Shenoy and S. Erkman (2016). Urban food consumption in Metro Manila: Inter-disciplinary approaches towards apprehending practices, patterns and impacts. Journal of Industrial Ecology. 20(3): 559-570.

Mastelic, J., M. Sahakian, and R. Bonazzi (2015), How to keep a living lab alive? Info: the journal of policy, regulation and strategy for telecommunications, information and media. 17(4): 12-25.

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. and C. Dunand. (2014). The solidarity economy towards greater ‘sustainability’: Learning across contexts and cultures, from Geneva to Manila, Community Development Journal. 50: 403-417.doi; 10.1093/cdj/bsu054.

Sahakian, M. (2014) Complementary currencies, what opportunities for sustainable consumption in times of crisis and beyond? Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 10(1).

Sahakian, M. (2012) A Matter of Trust in Metro Manila: collective action towards “green economy” transitions, Development, UNRISD special issue, 55(1): 126-133.

Sahakian, M. (2011) Understanding household energy consumption patterns: When “West is Best” in Metro Manila, Energy Policy 39(2): 596-602.

Sahakian, M., J. K. Steinberger (2011). Energy Reduction Through a Deeper Understanding of Household Consumption: Staying Cool in Metro Manila, The Journal of Industrial Ecology. 15(1): 31-48.

Sahakian, M. (2010). Combining Life Cycle Thinking with Social Theory: Case Study of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) in the Philippines, Sustainability 2(7): 2349-2364.

Chapter in edited book

Sahakian, M. (2017). Towards a ‘solidaristic’ sharing economy: examples from Switzerland, in Brown, H., Cohen, M. and Vergragt, P. (Eds), Social Change and sustainable consumption: theoretical advances and policy implications, Routledge-SCORAI Studies in Sustainable Consumption.

Sahakian, M. (2015). The social and solidarity economy: why is it relevant to industrial ecology?, in Drukman, A. and R. Clift (Eds), Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology, Springer.

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 and J-M. Servet (2015). Separating the wheat from the chaff: sharing versus self-interest in crowdfunding, in Djamchid Assadi (Ed), Strategic Approaches to Successful Crowdfunding, IGI Global.