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From lock down to lock in? COVID-19, changing social practices and transitioning to sustainable lifestyles

How have our habits connected to food, travel and leisure changed during the corona crisis, and which of these changes will remain even after the pandemic?

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About the project

The purpose of this project is to understand to what extent and in what ways the corona crisis has strengthened or changed household routines and habits related to travel, food and leisure. We examine changing habits as a direct consequence of government action, but also what remains changed as society re-opens and the corona crisis ends.


The research methods include qualitative interviewing and autophotography. The first round of interviews was conducted during spring 2020, where ca. 30 Oslo-based households of different sizes and composition were recruited to participate in the study. During spring/summer 2022 we will conduct a second round of interviews with about 15.-20 households from the same sample. 

This forms part of an international research project, Everyday Life in a Pandemic, which will be carried out in a total of eleven countries. The data material collected in Norway will be compared with material from the other countries.

The project is affiliated with the research center Include and is led by Arve Hansen and Ulrikke Wethal at Center for Development and the Environment. The other researchers involved are Johannes Volden and Sindre Cottis Hoff at SUM.


Spring 2020- December 2024

Selected publications

Wethal, Ulrikke Bryn; Ellsworth-Krebs, Katherine; Hansen, Arve; Changede, Sejal & Spaargaren, Gert (2022). Reworking boundaries in the home-as-office: boundary traffic during COVID-19 lockdown and the future of working from homeSustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy. ISSN 1548-7733. doi: 10.1080/15487733.2022.2063097.

Greene, Mary; Hansen, Arve; Hoolohan, Claire; Süßbauer, Elisabeth & Domaneschi, Lorenzo (2022). Consumption and shifting temporalities of daily life in times of disruption: undoing and reassembling household practices during the COVID-19 pandemicSustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy. ISSN 1548-7733. doi: 10.1080/15487733.2022.2037903.

Moynat, Orlane; Volden, Johannes & Sahakian, Marlyne (2022). How do COVID-19 lockdown practices relate to sustainable well-being? Lessons from Oslo and GenevaSustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy. ISSN 1548-7733. 18(1), p. 309–324. doi: 10.1080/15487733.2022.2051350.

Hoolohan, C., Wertheim-Heck, S. C., Devaux, F., Domaneschi, L., Dubuisson-Quellier, S., Schäfer, M., & Wethal, U. B. (2022). COVID-19 and socio-materially bounded experimentation in food practices: insights from seven countriesSustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 18(1), 16-36. doi: 10.1080/15487733.2021.2013050

Published May 29, 2020 4:40 PM - Last modified May 18, 2022 1:14 PM