The Centre for Consumer Society Research studies the development of the consumer society from the perspectives of societal structures and consumers. A problem-oriented and multi-disciplinary approach best describes the nature of research conducted. The centre makes critical use of participatory methods in its research work, conducts action research, and supports development of innovations by means of research. It also studies the impact of economic phenomena and politics on consumers and the consumer society. The CCSR bears the nationwide responsibility for 1) conducting multidisciplinary research on significant phenomena in consumer studies and on their effects on the lives of consumers, 2) participating in the offering of university education in the field, and 3) participating in development projects, which enhance the societal impacts of the research field.