The Research

(Un)Sustainable Food Consumption Dynamics in South/Southeast Asia: Changing Patterns, Practices and Policies among “New Consumers” in India and the Philippines

These films are based on a two-year research project titled (Un)Sustainable Food Consumption Dynamics in South/Southeast Asia: Changing patterns, practices and policies among “new consumers” in India and the Philippines. The project was funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) and co-coordinated by the University of Lausanne and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, both in Switzerland.

For more information about the research on which these films is based, please read the following interview with Dr Marlyne Sahakian:



The research project on which these films are based included the following core research team:

  • Coordinators: (Coordinator) Suren Erkman, (Co-coordinator) Shalini Randeria and (Co-coordinator) Marlyne Sahakian
  • Metro Manila: Czarina Saloma, Lorraine Mangaser, Abby Favis, Christine Camata
  • Bangalore: Christine Lutringer, Sunayana Ganguly
  • Material Flow Analysis in Metro Manila and Bangalore: Laura Burger Chakraborty


Other researchers associated with this project include:

  • Gopal Karanth, Malavika Belavangala, Megha Shenoy, Loïc Leray and Tiphaine Leuzinger


The main academic partners:

The University of Lausanne

The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila University


The international organization partners:

Uma Rani, International Labor Organization (ILO)

Garrette Clarke, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)



For questions regarding the research project and the use of these films for teaching purposes, please contact: