As part of the 2021 Festival of Social Science, the Rethinking Ethical Consumerism team is happy to announce that we will be hosting an interactive and in-person workshop that seeks to explore the question “where does all the plastic go?” Our event will be held at Firstsite in Colchester on Tuesday 2 November from 5.30pm […]
In the first of our Q&A series exploring the four Rs of plastics (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), we chat with Martina Schwarz, founder of Blackmarket. With a mission to reduce our reliance on plastic packaging, Martina discusses her recent innovations and her future aspirations, all focused on addressing key challenges in plastic consumption. Hi Martina! […]
For more findings from our research project, check out our Re-thinking Ethical Consumerism: Report two: Householder Perspectives from Photo Elicitation and Diary Study Executive Summary: The purpose of this research was to gain an insight into the complexities in the household and their interaction with the social word in relation to single-use plastic consumption. We […]
Here at Rethinking Ethical Consumerism we are pleased to announce that we are about to start a new research project: The Ethical Household: Rethinking the Meaning of Waste in Multiple Occupancy Households. In our previous research we have discussed how the heterogeneity of household definitions and dynamics makes it difficult for interventions and government policy […]
Aleksandra Besevic, 19th February 2021 In the 2014 paper published by member of this research team in Journal of Business Ethics it was found that social influence of friends and family played a key role in the update of bags for life for grocery shopping. Seven years later, we again find that social influence can […]
Aleksandra Besevic, 13th February 2021 Relationships in the household are important as they can shape values which influence behaviour on a day to day basis. Decision making in a household is a highly differentiated and complex system. In each household there are both micro-moments and interactions with others that affect wider decision making dynamics. Navigating […]
Aleksandra Besevic, 29th January 2021 The household is full of products ranging from food, clothing and general appliances. Each product in a household at some point is disposed of. Waste is generated by activities and practices of households. It is important to consider the wider disposal practices of households because these disposal practices can impact […]
Aleksandra Besevic and Danielle Tucker, 26th January 2021 In our recent study on understanding different householder roles in effecting sustainable change we utilised diary study methods and photo elicitation to capture ethical decision making at the household level during COVID 19. In designing this study, we paid special attention to creating a usable diary design. […]
Why we used diary study methods to capture ethical consumerism at the household level during COVID 19
Aleksandra Besevic, 15th January 2021 Last year, we pivoted our research methodology to understand the household decision making journey of single-use plastics to incorporate photo elicitation and diaries to capture people’s experiences in real time directly from their home environment. Here’s why we chose this method. The phot elicitation allowed an open format allows participants […]
Danielle Tucker, 7th January 2021 “I’m constantly surprised that the 5p charges made such a difference because it is such a nominal amount of money and yet it seems to have had a huge effect” Phil Ward, Eastern ARC Podcast In July 2020 Defra, published research showing that the distribution of single use plastic bags […]
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