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Sustainable Consumption Institute

Consumption, environmental change and everyday life: the political economy of future households

This project, generously supported by a Hallsworth fellowship (2014-2017), explores consumption and daily life at the level of the household, and their environmental and political-economic implications.

Our aims

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One strand focuses on questions of scale and the ways in which households negotiate sharing.

Here the household is a particularly significant site in understanding the organisation of environmentally unsustainable practices. There are also broader implications to the ‘sharing’ of resources. The project theorises these ‘economies of sharing’, and aims to advance political understanding around the ‘sharing economy’.

Another strand explores the organisation of eating habits, making comparisons across different social groups and with survey data from the 1950s.

Controversy about increased individualisation, informalisation and de-routinisation are common debates. The research charts and describes eating alone and eating together, examines the transformation of the content of meals, and discusses the way in which eating fits around work and family.

Finally, the project develops conceptual work around collective action and social movements alongside theories of practice and of everyday life.

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