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Sustainable consumption

The Consensus research project is exploring solutions for sustainable household consumption

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All-Ireland, collaborative research

Involving the public, government and private sector in qualitative and quantitative research

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Social practice focus

Examining everyday mobility, food, energy, and water consumption practices

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Visioning approach

Using backcasting techniques to co-design scenarios and action plans for sustainable consumption

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To advance understanding and recommend innovative policy, educational and technology interventions

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.



What policies, initiatives & ways of collaborating can promote sustainable consumption?


Lifestyle Survey

What are people’s attitudes & behaviours towards sustainable household consumption and sustainable lifestyles?



What influences mobility practices; can workplace plans and teleworking promote sustainable mobility?



How could we wash ourselves more efficiently in the future; what norms, tools & regulations could be involved?



How can we achieve warmth and comfort in the home in ways that are more sustainable?



How might we purchase, grow and cook our food to eat more sustainably in the future?

CONSENSUS overview

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.

From the CONSENSUS Blog