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Demand by design: how our infrastructures and professions shape what we do

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Publication date2015
Host publicationSustainability: new questions, new answers
EditorsRosie Robison
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK.
PublisherGlobal Sustainability Institute, ARU
Pages10-17
Number of pages8
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

In recent years, there have been three questions which concern me: 1) how and why have our everyday lives become so resource intensive?; 2) why are current resource intensive patterns so persistent despite efforts to instigate change?; and 3) how might these trends be shifted, so that our patterns of everyday life are more sustainable? These questions form the starting point for this short article, in which I present some recent thinking from the social sciences, which has made headway in tackling these questions. I then build on these ideas, to point out some themes which future research might fruitfully explore.