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:

Everyday Life in Transition: Biographical Research and Sustainability

Everyday Life in Transition: Biographical Research and Sustainability

Everyday life in transition: biographical research and sustainability
Melanie Jaeger-Erben


Everyday consumption patterns are widely seen as a key issue in social-scientific sustainability research (e.g. WBCSD, 2008). What we eat and buy, how we heat our homes and what mobility options we choose contribute to the level of (un) sustainability of everyday living. Moreover, the everyday behaviour of individuals and households determine the success or otherwise of measures designed to reduce the environmental impact of human consumption.

But consumption patterns are rarely consistent over a person's lifetime: contexts, wishes, needs, social influences and financial resources change as people move through different life phases. Consumption patterns thus need to be conceptualised and studied empirically as a continuous process rather ...

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