CONSENSUS: A CROSS-BORDER HOUSEHOLD ANALYSIS OF CONSUMPTION, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABILITY IN IRELAND
This project was funded by the Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for the Environment (STRIVE) Programme 2007–2013. The programme is financed by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan 2007–2013. It is administered on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has the statutory function of coordinating and promoting environmental research.
Lead Organisation: Trinity College Dublin
This 4 year collaborative research project involving Trinity College Dublin and National University of Ireland, Galway, examines four key areas of household consumption that currently impact negatively on the environment and inhibit our ability, both in Northern Ireland and the Republic, to achieve sustainable development: transport, energy, water and food. A set of 7 integrated work packages will address four key themes: how consumption can be measured and evaluated; how sustainable behaviours and incentives are being developed and implemented; identifying links between consumption, health and well being; and finally how matters of household consumption are being governed through institutional practice and participation.
The CONSENSUS project will respond to national and international research objectives on sustainable consumption in three main ways:
1) It will generate important baseline data for Ireland in key areas of consumption that impact directly on the environment, including transport, energy, water and food.
2) It will address existing gaps in the international body of literature dealing with (sustainable) consumption
3) It will advance possibilities for measuring sustainable consumption through the development and application of innovative social research methods. These include the design and testing of a multi-method strategy for evaluating virtual mobility tools.
The project will provide an overview of international best practice and design recommendations for national programmes in Ireland concerning sustainable consumption and production policies, in addition to recommendations about procedures, techniques and policies for advancing sustainability at the local level.
The project involves collaboration with a number of key international and national agencies and organisations, such as SCRI in the UK and BordBia and the Sustainable Energy Agency in Ireland, and will assist these organisations in their decision making by providing essential relevant and timely information and research results.
ONE OF THE KEY OUTCOMES OF THE PROJECT IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION RESEARCH NETWORK (SCRN).
If you would like to join the Sustainable Consumption Research Network, please send an email to: consensusnuigalway.ie. Members will receive monthly newsletters about progress in the Consensus project and information on related research news in the area of Sustainable Consumption in Ireland and abroad. For more information: click here