The project “Life events as windows of opportunity for change towards sustainable consumption patterns” is addressing individuals that recently got their first child or moved to Berlin with a sustainable consumption campaign. The evaluation of the campaign considers both, the ‘objective’ surrounding of the participants in terms of available infrastructure for sustainable consumption and the ‘subjective’ surrounding investigating how individuals are appropriating their surrounding and incorporate it in the organisation of their daily life.
This presentation will concentrate on perception and appropriation of space by individuals that just moved to Berlin.
The process of adaptation is investigated through problem-centred interviews revealing narratives about the life event itself as well as daily consumption in the fields of energy, nutrition and mobility. The presented results will focus on processes of familiarization within the altered situation and the identification of different types of appropriation of space. Besides developing models of how altered life situations and infrastructures interact, this study attempts to discover starting points for interventions promoting more sustainable consumption.
The research to be presented is part of the “Life events as windows of opportunity for change towards sustainable consumption patterns” project, which is funded by the Social-ecological Research Program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.