Professor Anna Davies, Chair of Environment & Society, Trinity College Dublin and Prinicpal Investigator, CENSENSUS & Dr Frances Fahy, Senior Lecturer & Head of Geography, National University of Ireland, will be presenting the SCI Seminar on the 21 October 2015, entitled 'CONSENSUS: Domesticating sustainability transitions' the seminar will be in Room 10.05, Harold Hankins Building between 4.00 - 5.30 pm. Coffee and registration from 3.45 pm.
The CONSENSUS project has been utilising, modifying and developing innovative social science and collaborative research methods to explore trends and solutions for sustainable household consumption in Ireland (North & South). Launched in 2009, the project involves researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland, Galway and is funded by the STRIVE (Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for the Environment) Programme, administered by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. In its conception and practice, CONSENSUS contributes to a burgeoning collection of transition experiments that are emerging around the globe with a particular focus on the domestic sphere as an everyday, but nonetheless key site of consumption. In this presentation we will provide an overview and key findings from the CONSENSUS programme, drawing on high level findings from lifestyle surveys, segmentation analysis, backcasting and Homelabs experiments.
Anna Davies (Trinity College Dublin)
Prof. Annna Davies is Chair of Environment and Society at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She directs the Environmental Governance Research Group (School of Natural Sciences) and is on the Steering Group of the Future Cities Research Centre. Having worked within the broad field of environmental governance for two decades, Anna’s recent research has focused on sustainability transitions. She is currently the Principal Investigator of CONSENSUS and is launching a new project SHARECITY funded by the European Research Council examining the sustainability potential of new food sharing economies in cities in 2015. Anna is also an independent member of both the Irish Government’s Climate Change Advisory Council and its National Economic and Social Council. Since 2009 she has been a Director of The Rediscovery Centre, a social enterprise in Dublin that seeks to lead the change from waste to resource through re-use, re-design, research and education by working with the local community and long-term unemployed. Anna sits on the Royal Irish Academy’s Geographical Committee, Chairs the Future Earth Ireland initiative and is the Secretary and board member of the European Platform on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
Frances Fahy (NUI Galway)
Dr Frances Fahy is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Frances’ primary research interests are in the field of sustainable consumption and environmental planning, specifically the social and cultural consequences of environmental change. She leads the lifestyle and governance research within the large scale CONSENSUS Project. Dr Fahy is the cluster leader of the Planning and Sustainability Research Cluster in Geography at NUIG. Frances is the past President of the Geographical Society of Ireland (2012-2014) and a past Chair of the Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG) of the Royal Geographical Society in the UK (2007-2012). Frances is also the recipient of the 2013-14 Fulbright Award and travelled to the US to conduct research on: Communicating Sustainability Research.