CONSENSUS uses social science and collaborative research methods to explore innovative solutions for sustainable household consumption in Ireland (North & South). Our research centres on six themes outlined below.
CONSENSUS involves researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland, Galway. Our aim is to advance understanding of the drivers shaping everyday household consumption practices and to identify policy, technology and educational interventions to facilitate sustainable living. Launched in 2009, CONSENSUS is funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Find out more
Visioning & HomeLabs
We re-frame the challenge of sustainable behaviour change as a challenge of transforming how we carry out everyday practices. In Phase I of our research, we used visioning processes to co-design future scenarios containing socio-technical innovations for more sustainable heating, washing and eating practices. In our HomeLabs research, we are working with cross-sectoral actors to implement these innovations in real households. Evaluation will lead to recommendations for policy, technology and educational interventions to make these practices more sustainable.