Environmental Practices and Social Changes

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 50 (Main Building)
RC24 Environment and Society (host committee)

Language: English

We are facing serious environmental sustainability problems, such as energy security, resource scarcity, human-induced climate change, and increasing waste. To tackle these issues we have to change the ways in which we live our everyday lives: for example, recycling more, consuming less water, using more ecologically friendly forms of transportation, and adopting measures to make homes and offices more energy-efficient. Sociologists have an important role to play in facilitating environmentally sustainable changes in peoples’ routines.
This session welcomes papers that address questions such as how are pro-environmental practices incorporated into people’s everyday lives, and how can these practices come about and create cultural shifts towards more sustainable lifestyles.
Given the fact that changes are required at every level of our daily activities, the session’s focus on social practices is timely, and it is vital to understand how sociotechnical infrastructures, cultural conventions and norms lock people in particular courses of practices and make it difficult to shift in sustainable ways of life.
Given the Congress theme, analyses sensitive to the differences between the ecologically relevant lifestyles prevalent in wealthy nations and those in developing nations are also appropriate.
Session Organizers:
Ritsuko OZAKI, Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, United Kingdom, Luisa SCHMIDT, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal and Audrone TELESIENE, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
Shifting Household Activities at Peak Demand
Ritsuko OZAKI, Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
Heating Practices and Non-Technical Energy Saving Potentials
Anna WOLFF, Institut für Soziologie LMU München, Germany; Bernhard GILL, Institut für Soziologie LMU München, Germany; Ines WEBER, Institut für Soziologie LMU München, Germany; Johannes SCHUBERT, Institut für Soziologie LMU München, Germany; Michael SCHNEIDER, Institut für Soziologie LMU München, Germany
Developing Pro-Environmental Practices within Community Based Initiatives: Eco-Villages and Low Carbon Municipalities
Sabine HIELSCHER, TU Berlin, ZTG, Germany; Martina SCHAEFER, TU Berlin, ZTG, Germany; Michaela LEITNER, Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development, Austria; Sylvia MANDL, Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development, Austria
Meanings and Social Practices: Changing Pattern of Water Consumption in Western Himalayan Region
Chandan KAUSHAL, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India; Sarmistha PATTANAIK, Indian Institute of Technology, India
Changing Socio-Technical Practices to Enable the Composting of Food Waste for Food Production
Vivienne WALLER, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Intergenerational Transmission of Pro-Environmental Values and Lifestyles: How Is the Ecological Habitus Reproduced?
Lukas KALA, Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies, Department of Environmental Studies, Czech Republic; Lucie GALCANOVA, Masaryk University, Office for Population Studies, Czech Republic