Dr Vincent Carragher
Dept. of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering
Project Title: A critical review of community interventions and identification of drivers which compel sustainable-behaviour change
Keywords: behaviour change; community intervention; drivers; discourse based approaches; participatory action research.
This research programme is funded by a winning application which I wrote in order to avail of funding through the Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainability Research Call. The programme will critically review community interventions which compel sustainable-behaviour change identifying drivers enhanced by those interventions.
It will critically examine community interventions as a means to establish any key characteristics of success, the factors that deflect outcomes from intentions and identify potential for transferability where success has been achieved. It will evaluate how local buy-in has been achieved and sustained and what practical guidance could be developed in relation to progressing sustainable development, renewable energy and resource efficiency at the community scale.
This research builds on my previous work and it will develop an extensive list of stakeholders from communities, community actors and related policy makers. It engages in outreach with these and facilitates a comprehensive list of drivers and barriers from academic and community-actor source material. It tests, enhances and ranks these drivers and barriers using Discursive Based Approaches and events with communities and with related stakeholders. It then develops a Transferability Report such that policy makers, community actors and communities can define paths in the future which drive sustainable-behaviour change and ownership of sustainable-intervention endeavour.
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Project Mentor: Associate Prof. Sarah McCormack