The conference brings together state-of-the-art research and supports seminal, multidisciplinary research perspectives. It features roundtable discussions with participants from politics, the media, and academic disciplines. Officials from the European Union and national governments will join the conference to foster networks of researchers, funding agencies, and government officials.
A core element of the conference is parallel sessions on a wide range of topics. For these sessions, experts from different disciplines are welcome to focus on core challenges to consumer research and consumer policy in Europe. A highly salient international publication will result from this event.
Crucial questions are tackled on the conference: How do consumers actually behave, what obstacles do they face in markets and technologies, are consumers’ interests effectively represented? These are classic questions in consumer research. However, new answers have been given to these classic questions. Behavioral economics has dismissed long-established models of consumer behavior, empirical research has revealed flawed competition, and political science has scrutinized new forms of consumer mobilization and representation. These answers address major issues of social and behavioral sciences and connect them to consumer research.
Furthermore, new research questions have been raised in recent times: What is consumers’ responsibility for sustainable growth? How can vulnerable consumers be protected? Is there a revolution of consumer-rights? Meanwhile, some markets have transformed dramatically. In financial, digital or health care markets complex structures have evolved and these developments pose challenges consumers have to cope with. At the same time, the Internet empowers consumers and their advocates. The European Union with its Single Market and its distinctive societies is facing grand challenges: demographic change, energy provision, and new technologies transform contemporary consumption. More than ever, consumer research is in charge to unfold its interdisciplinary potential without sacrificing specific research foci and approaches from different disciplines. The following cross-cutting questions will shape the conference:1. Is there a new paradigm of consumer behavior?
These general questions serve as a framework for parallel sessions. These sessions address the following topics:
Workshop 1: What's on the European Consumer agenda?Parallel sessions 1:
+ Secure, clean and efficient energyParallel sessions 2:
Please send it until May 2, 2014 to the following address:Consumer Association of North Rhine-Westphalia | Verbraucherzentrale NRW
Website ICCR 2014: http://www.vz-nrw.de/iccr.
The conference committee will contact you until the end of May. Travel expenses will be reimbursed if your paper is accepted.The ICCR 2014 is funded by
The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Weitere Informationen:http://www.vz-nrw.de/iccr - Website ICCR 2001
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