Exploring alternative framings of sustainable consumption and the politics underpinning them

The cultural politics of sustainability

The manner in which sustainability problems are understood plays an important role in shaping efforts to stimulate progress towards more sustainable societies. Diverse classes of actors compete to promote alternative problem framings and potential solutions. Professional trade associations, communications agencies, CSR and marketing departments of firms, political parties, social movements and others engage in a range of activities contributing to the production of sustainability narratives.

Our focus is on how cultural understandings are produced and on the effects that they have on the patterns of everyday practices and innovation processes. We are interested in: the detail of specific visions and politics around, for example, waste; accounting for the ebb and flow of interest in specific issues such as climate change; and in how longer standing cultural institutions (neoliberalism, egalitarianism, deep ecology) are reproduced through the shaping of sustainability problem and solution framings.

Research projects within this area

Read moreReshaping the domestic nexus at home: engaging policy understandings of kitchen practices and how they can change

Read moreInnovation for Sustainable Meat

Read moreHouseholds, Retailers and Food Waste Transitions

Read moreSustainability related product labelling in China

Read moreThe DROP project (Benefit of Governance in DROught AdaPtation)

Read moreGovernance of Responsible Research & Innovation

Read moreGovernance of the discontinuation of socio-technical systems