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Sustainable Consumption Institute

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Sustainability and social inequalities

Researching how intersecting axes of inequality shape everyday provisioning

Academic research tends to give insufficient attention to how social differences and inequalities shape the relations and practices of everyday consumption.

Our researchers are working to develop novel approaches to understanding how intersecting axes of inequality, along the lines of gender, race, culture, class, age and dis/ability, shape provisioning in households and communities, both locally and globally, and how they enable or constrain efforts to be environmentally sustainable.

This working group was established to provide a space for researchers to explore common interests in feminist theoretical perspectives on sustainability, environmental justice, and how an intersectionality approach can help us think more inclusively about processes of socio-environmental change.

Our aims

We aim to develop research collaborations that advance theoretical knowledge about how social inequalities produce environmental problems and vice versa. Our work pursues empirical questions about how interconnected and enduring social inequalities are connected to problems of unsustainability and how strategies for addressing these problems might work together.

Projects

Public engagement event

  • Feeding back findings of household sustainability research with Somali immigrants (coming soon)

Selected publications and activities