Sustainability is a key word in the environmental vocabulary informing how research projects in the social sciences are framed. This book provides a systematic and critical review of the key research methods used when studying sustainable strategies and outcomes. It is divided into four areas:

Household Analysis: Researching ‘green’ lifestyles, a survey approach

Household Analysis: Researching ‘green’ lifestyles, a survey approach

Household analysis: researching ‘green’ lifestyles, a survey approach
Stewart BarrJan Prillwitz

Introduction: Disciplinary methods for an Interdisciplinary Challenge?

This first chapter on ‘doing’ sustainability research will focus on what many policy makers have argued is the most challenging and important unit for analysis of sustainability. As will be seen later in this chapter, however one defines ‘households’ (as individuals, consumers or units based on living circumstances) the relationship between this ‘micro’ or ‘meso’ scale and global environmental challenges is becoming increasingly important for policy makers keen to generate a widespread change in the way societies live and consume resources (DEFRA, 2005, 2008). Yet despite the enthusiasm with which national and local authorities have embraced the ‘behaviour change’ agenda at ...

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