University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies

University of Surrey


Lifecourse Transitions: Opportunities for Sustainable Lifestyles?

15 July 2014 - 16 July 2014

Lifecourse transitions, (eg having a child, moving home or retiring), are known to lead to changes in a variety of aspects of everyday life, such as travel, leisure, energy use and purchase of consumer goods.  It has been suggested that lifecourse transitions offer opportunities for ‘moments of change’ where people may be encouraged to live more sustainably. Alternatively, such moments may be regarded as disruptions to the social organization of everyday life that, depending on the social context, can lead to change or retrenchment into habitual and conventional ways of life.  This workshop will explore new approaches to understanding everyday life in the context of change and continuity, through a focus on what constitutes sustainable lifestyles. It will bring together the expertise of those engaged in research into lifecourse transitions with those who have expertise in different aspects of sustainable lifestyles and practices.  In addition to keynote speakers, presentations and discussion sessions, the workshop will include invited policy makers as discussants.


Main organisers: Dr Kate Burningham and Dr Sue Venn, Department of Sociology and Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey

Co-organisers:  Dr Birgitta Gatersleben and Professor Monique Raats,  School of Psychology, Ian Christie and Professor Tim Jackson, Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey