Green Lifestyles, Alternative
Models and Up-scaling
RegionalSustainability
Ricardo García Mira
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Develop and
evaluate
comprehensive
models of lifestyle
change in key
sustainability
domains + evaluate
them in terms of
economic and
environmental
effects
3. Policy recommendations
Explore the
complex
interactions among
economic, social,
cultural, political
and technological
factors influencing
sustainable
lifestyles and
transformations
toward a green
economy
2. Transitiion models
1. Determinants of lifestyles
General objectives
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Provide
recommendations
on best governance
designs and policy
mixes for a
sufficiently fastpaced transition.
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Main research questions (I)
• What are the most important factors influencing sustainable
lifestyles, and how do they interact in influencing patterns of
time-use and consumption decisions related to them?
• How does time use influence our lifestyles and associated
consumption and what kind of changes in patterns of time use
would be necessary?
• What types of rebound effects are likely if time-use patterns
change and how can we account for them or counteract them in
a timely manner? What positive/negative spillover effects are
there between temporal, spatial and material components of
lifestyles?
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Main research questions (II)
• Is environmentally sustainable growth feasible on a world
scale, at a sufficiently fast speed?
• If so, under what conditions?
• What kind of policies and governance structures are
needed to make this possible?
• What alternative systems of consumption and
production need to be implemented for this to be
possible?
• How do we as a European society in a global context come to
know what it is we have to do to transition to sustainable,
green economies and lifestyles?
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Developing theory,
models and evidence
• GLAMURS will
develop theory, models
and evidence on key
processes of
transitions to
sustainable lifestyles
and a green economy.
• This will be done
through multi-scale,
multi-region integrated
research involving:
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Policy
experts
Economists
Industrial
ecologists
Social
psychologists,
Agent-based
modelers
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Quantifying
relationships
and
developing
models of
lifestyle
change.
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Testing
Integrating
theory on the
complex
relationships
between
determinants
of lifestyles and
lifestyle
change.
Quantifying
Integrating
Steps in GLAMURS
Testing models
of transition
through
empirical
research and
simulation
approaches –
micro- and
macro-economic
models and
ABMs
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Modeling approaches
Develop micro-economic models of
individual behavior governing
lifestyle choice
Study interactions and dynamics
through macro-economic
modeling
Simulations of micro and macro
processes using agent-based
modeling
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Phases of research
• Develop an empirical base
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• On determinants of lifestyle patterns – by
conducting empirical research in seven
diverse European regions.
• On alternative sustainable lifestyle initiatives
and systems of consumption-production
across the regions.
• motivations, development over time, and prospects for
up-scaling
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• Test alternative lifestyle trajectories and
systems of production and consumption for
macro-economic effects and develop robust
recommnedations
for upscaling
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Six lifestyle categories
After an analysis of
time-use patterns
and their
relationship to
consumption, the
project will
generate
stakeholderinformed
combinations of
lifestyle choices on
the six dimensions
that will be
assessed for
environmental
impact.
Workleisure
balance
Status of
home
(fabric and
conditions)
Consumption
of manufactured products
CATEGORIES
Energy use
in homes
Nutrition
Mobility
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Case study regions
Aberdeenshir
e (Scotland,
UK)
SaxonyAnhanlt
(Germany)
DanubeBohemian
Forest
(Austria)
RotterdamDelft-The
Hague (The
Netherlands)
Banat-Timis
(Romania)
Galicia (Spain)
Lazio (Italy)
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Interacting with stakeholders
and policymakers
GLAMURS will engage policymakers and
stakeholders at European and regional levels, with
a knowledge co-production mindset
– A set of workshops with relevant European
stakeholders: policy-makers, third sector, academics
– Meetings with local stakeholders, policymakers and
activists in case-study regions.
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Analyzing the production of
knowledge
GLAMURS will evaluate the context the project
creates to understand how citizens, researchers,
stakeholder organizations and policymakers come
to know what it is they need to do to bring about
individually, socially, environmentally, and
economically sustainable living
Early development of an integration ontology, as a
formalized set of relationships evolving over time.
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Context for the first European
stakeholder workshop:
Knowledge co-production
• Knowledge co-production envisions knowledge
exchange as a process by which knowledge is
created through the interactions of stakeholders
and scientists.
(Hage et al., 2010)
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Sponsorship and duration
• FP7 – Social Sciences and Humanities –
European Commission
• Coordinator: University of A Coruña,
Spain
– www.people-environment-udc.org
– [email protected]
• January 2014 to December 2016.
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The consortium
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[email protected]
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www.people-environment-udc.org
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