Covid-19, sustainability and everyday life: Reflections on practice-based approaches to consumption under disruption

What is the impact of the pandemic for how we study and understand change in everyday consumption?

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During the pandemic, everyday routines were disrupted, forcing people to consume, shop, and travel differently. How can we understand the lessons learned from the pandemic, and can they be of use for efforts focused on transitions toward low-carbon lifestyles?

In this seminar, Mary Greene will report on an international collaborative project researching the impact of the pandemic on everyday practices across diverse contexts, with lessons for sustainable consumption. Along with colleagues, she is currently the lead editor of a Special issue on this topic in the Journal of Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy. In addition to giving an overview of this broader project, Mary will provide a more detailed discussion on two papers in the Special Issue focused on the temporal dynamics of changing household routines and the impacts of COVID-19 on daily mobility practices.


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About the speaker

Image may contain: Person, Nose, Cheek, Lip, Smile.Dr. Mary Greene is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Sustainable Consumption at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

She is an expert in critical geographical and sociological research on (un)sustainable consumption to which she applies qualitative and cross-cultural research methods to explore intersecting contextual processes shaping daily lifestyles and practices. Her work explores the significance of practice-based perspectives in understanding how to unlock unsustainable consumption patterns and in considering the role and experience of householders in innovations towards sustainable production and consumption systems.

Some of her recent papers include Consumption and shifting temporalities of daily life in times of disruption: undoing and reassembling household practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and Can people talk about their past practices? Challenges, opportunities, and practical applications of biographic inquiry for geographic research on consumption.

About this webinar

This webinar is part of a new seminar series: Consumption and sustainability. The seminar series focuses on the frontiers of research on consumption and sustainability. Through talks by leading scholars in the field, the seminar series addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges.


Published Aug. 15, 2022 2:52 PM - Last modified Aug. 16, 2022 3:25 PM