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1 Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Up-scaling RegionalSustainability Ricardo García Mira

2 General objectives GLAMURS 2www.glamurs.eu 1. Determinants of lifestyles Explore the complex interactions among economic, social, cultural, political and technological factors influencing sustainable lifestyles and transformations toward a green economy 2. Transitiion models Develop and evaluate comprehensive models of lifestyle change in key sustainability domains + evaluate them in terms of economic and environmental effects 3. Policy recommendations Provide recommendations on best governance designs and policy mixes for a sufficiently fast- paced transition. GLAMURS Workshop, Brussels, November, 19th

3 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? GLAMURS Workshop, Brussels, November, 19th

4 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? GLAMURS Workshop, Brussels, November, 19th

5 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: Social psychologists, Agent-based modelers Economists Industrial ecologists Policy experts

6 Steps in GLAMURS Integrating Integrating theory on the complex relationships between determinants of lifestyles and lifestyle change. Quantifying Quantifying relationships and developing models of lifestyle change. Testing Testing models of transition through empirical research and simulation approaches – micro- and macro-economic models and ABMs

7 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

8 Phases of research I Develop an empirical base 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 II Test alternative lifestyle trajectories and systems of production and consumption for macro-economic effects and develop robust recommnedations for upscaling

9 Six lifestyle categories 9 CATEGORIES Work- leisure balance Status of home (fabric and conditions) Energy use in homes MobilityNutrition Consumption of manufac- tured products After an analysis of time-use patterns and their relationship to consumption, the project will generate stakeholder- informed combinations of lifestyle choices on the six dimensions that will be assessed for environmental impact.

10 Case study regions Danube- Bohemian Forest (Austria) Saxony- Anhanlt (Germany) Banat-Timis (Romania) Lazio (Italy) Rotterdam- Delft-The Hague (The Netherlands) Aberdeenshir e (Scotland, UK) Galicia (Spain)

11 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. GLAMURS Workshop, Brussels, November, 19th – 2014

12 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 GLAMURS Workshop, Brussels, November, 19th – 2014 Early development of an integration ontology, as a formalized set of relationships evolving over time.

13 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) GLAMURS Workshop, Brussels, November, 19th

14 Sponsorship and duration FP7 – Social Sciences and Humanities – European Commission Coordinator: University of A Coruña, Spain –www.people-environment-udc.orgwww.people-environment-udc.org January 2014 to December 2016.

15 The consortium GLAMURS Workshop, Brussels, November, 19th

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