Developing novel methodologies to advance the evidence base on sustainable consumption
The SCI team has a distinctive range of methodological capabilities, both quantitative and qualitative, including time diary analysis, large database analyses, comparative analysis, survey research, ethnography, key informant and household interviews, documentary and archival research and media analysis. Our aim is to use these approaches to generate data for the development of new concepts and theories to better understand the dynamics of everyday practices, innovation systems, and visions and politics for sustainable societies.
Our focus is also on the provision of evidence and understanding for policy-makers in government, business and third sector. This thematic orientation of our research agenda emphases our strong belief in the value of social scientific methods to provide alternative bodies of data to complement conventional forms of evidence currently used in policy-making.