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Accelerating Social Change
In the Accelerating Social Change Theme we expressly focus on the importance of people, organisations, lifestyles and consumption in addressing the climate crisis.
We explore how transformative change has occurred in the past, continues in the present, and how it can be enabled and accelerated. We also explore ways to limit change in counter-productive directions in the context of both mitigation and adaptation. Our research will continue to advocate for transformative social change to address the climate crisis, with a view to reducing emissions in high-emitting countries and groups, and adapting to climate change for vulnerable places and people.
Researchers in this theme explore change at a societal, policy, organisational, community, household and individual level. We examine social change across a range of topics including energy, mobility, water, food and diet, material consumption and waste, as well as looking to understand the role of over-arching cultural change
We aim to be policy-relevant while also being willing to critically examine and challenge assumptions about current approaches to climate action, through research on more radical and far-reaching solutions (e.g., activism and alternative economic models). Using a variety of methods (qualitative and quantitative), we aim to understand what everyday life could look like in decarbonised futures, recognising the variety of different ways of living within society today. We investigate what is needed to transition from high to low-carbon lifestyles, and how to popularise and embed low-carbon ways of living. We interrogate prevailing social discourses to understand people’s perspectives on the climate crisis and to anticipate ways in which ideas and narratives both hinder and enable climate action.
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- Capstick, S., Gough, C., et al. (2021). Three Decades of Climate Mitigation: Why Haven’t We Bent the Global Emissions Curve? Annual reviews.
- Vrain, E. and C. Wilson (2021). “Social networks and communication behaviour underlying smart home adoption in the UK.” Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 38: 82-97. [doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2020.11.003]
- Wilson, C., L. Kerr, F. Sprei, E. Vrain and M. Wilson (2020). “Potential climate benefits of digital consumer innovations.” Annual Review of Environment and Resources 45: 113-144. [doi: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-012320-082424]
- Wilson, C., Grubler, A., Bento, N., Healey, S., De Stercke, S., Zimm, C. (2020). Granular technologies to accelerate decarbonisation. Science.
- Capstick S., Khosla, R., Wang, S. (2020). Bridging the gap – the role of equitable low-carbon lifestyles. Emissions gap report 2020.
- Pettifor, H. and C. Wilson (2020). “Low carbon innovations for mobility, food, homes and energy: A synthesis of consumer attributes.” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 130: 109954. [doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2020.109954]
- Whitmarsh, L., Capstick, S., Nash, N. (2017). Who is reducing their material consumption and why? A cross-cultural analysis of dematerialisation behaviours. 2017 Royal Society Publishing.
- Briefing papers published by CAST on:
- UK perceptions of climate change and lifestyle change: results from CAST’s wave 1 survey on public perceptions of climate change and the four areas of diet, transport, heating and consumption
- How are universities planning to tackle emissions associated with flying and food?
- Achieving low carbon and equitable lifestyle change
- Tracking the effect of Covid-19 on low-carbon behaviours and attitudes to climate change.
- How has Covid-19 impacted low carbon lifestyles and attitudes towards climate action?