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Dr Mary Jo Lavelle

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (NUI, Galway)

Telephone: +353-1-896 1054
Email: lavellmj@tcd.ie
Postal Address:
Department of Geography
Museum Building
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2

Research Area

Mary Jo Lavelle is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, and is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Mary Jo's research interests are situated in the field of environmental sustainability; specifically household consumption behaviours and the conceptual models that underpin environmental behaviour change, sustainable lifestyles, as well as issues pertaining to health and wellbeing.

Current research

Mary Jo's current research activities involves the examination and evaluation of longitudinal impacts of sustainable washing and eating practice interventions across a number of households across Ireland, as part of an ethnographical study called Homelabs. This research is part of the CONSENSUS Project (Consumption, Environment and Sustainability); which is a large-scale seven-year interdisciplinary project in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland that is funded under the EPA/STRIVE programme 2009-2015 and is led by Professor Anna Davies.

Biography

Before joining the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin Mary Jo worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Geography and Archaeology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Here, Mary Jo’s research explored the role of segmentation analysis and its utility in promoting greater understanding of pro-environmental behaviours and lifestyles. She was successfully awarded postdoctoral funding from the Irish Environmental Protection Agency to study this important area.

Mary Jo was also successfully awarded EPA funding to conduct a large-scale quantitative research study as part of her PhD research to examine household consumption behaviours in the areas of water, energy, food and transport across the island of Ireland. Prior to commencing her PhD studies, Mary Jo graduated with a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2008.

Mary Jo received awards for her research from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research; the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at NUI, Galway; and the Centre for Environment, Development and Sustainability (CEDS). She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Quality in Ageing and Older Adults and Irish Geography, as well as with Routledge Publishers.

Selected publications and research outputs

Lavelle, M.J. and Fahy, F. (2014) ''Unpacking the challenges of researching sustainable consumption and lifestyles'' In: Challenging Consumption: pathways to a more sustainable future. London: Routledge.

Lavelle, M.J. (2013) ‘Transitioning towards sustainable consumption: The importance of combining quality of life indicators with economic policy measures’. In: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change eds. Paper Proceedings: Wellbeing in Ireland Conference: Designing Measures and Implementing Policies, pp.41-45.

Power, M. & Lavelle, M.J. (2011) 'Qualifications of non-nursing residential care staff in the Republic of Ireland'. Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 12 (3):152-161.

Under review

Lavelle, M.J. & Fahy, F. (In print) 'Different shades of Green: Unpacking habitual and Occasional pro-environmental behaviours’. Journal of Global Environmental Change.

Lavelle, M.J. & Fahy, F. (Under review) ‘What’s consuming Ireland? Exploring expressed attitudes and behaviours towards the environment, quality of life and sustainable consumption on the island of Ireland’. Irish Geography.

Selected reports

Davies, A., Fahy, F., Rau, H., Devaney, L., Doyle, R., Heisserer, B., Hynes, M., Lavelle, M.J., and Pape, J. (2013) CONSENSUS: Consumption Environment and Sustainability. EPA, Dublin.

Lavelle, M.J., Davies, A., Fahy, F. & Doyle, R. (2012) Consensus Lifestyle Survey - Report on public attitudes and behaviours towards sustainable consumption and sustainable lifestyles in Ireland: (7) Energy consumption. NUI Galway, Galway.

Lavelle, M.J., Carroll, B. & Fahy, F. (2012) Consensus Lifestyle Survey - Report on public attitudes and behaviours towards sustainable consumption and sustainable lifestyles in Ireland: (4) Food consumption. NUI Galway, Galway.

Lavelle, M.J., Davies, A., Fahy, F. & Doyle, R. (2012) Consensus Lifestyle Survey - Report on public attitudes and behaviours towards sustainable consumption and sustainable lifestyles in Ireland: (6) Water consumption. NUI Galway, Galway.

Lavelle, M.J., Rau, H., Fahy, F., Heisserer, B. & Hynes, M (2012) Consensus Lifestyle Survey - Report on public attitudes and behaviours towards sustainable consumption and sustainable lifestyles in Ireland: (3) Transport. NUI Galway, Galway.

Book reviews

Lavelle, M.J. (2012) Review of Material Geographies of Household Sustainability, by Lane, R. & Gorman-Murray, A. (Eds). Irish Geography. Book Review.

Selected conference papers

Lavelle, M.J. & Fahy, F. (2015) 'From Ever-Greens to Never-Greens: Segmenting for Sustainability on the Island of Ireland'. CONSENSUS International Conference on Sustainable Consumption Transformations National University of Ireland, Galway, 21/05/2015. Conference Paper.

Fahy, F. and Lavelle, M.J. (2015) ‘What’s consuming Ireland? Exploring expressed attitudes and reported behaviours towards the environment, quality of life and consumption on the island of Ireland’. School of Geography and Archaeology Springtime Lecture Series, Galway City Museum, Galway City. 6th Feb 2015. Conference Paper.

Lavelle, M.J. (2013) “Living the ‘Good Life’? A focus on sustainable consumption and quality of life: a cross border case study from the island of Ireland”. RGS-IBG Planning and Environment Research Group (PERG) Symposium at the University of Exeter: UK. (25-26th April 2013). Conference Paper. 

Lavelle, M.J. (2013) The Links between Consumption: Quality of life and standards of living’. Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI, Galway. August 2013. Conference Paper.

Lavelle, M.J. (2012) ‘A geography of sustainable household consumption and sustainable lifestyles: a case study from Ireland’. Association of American Geographers, NYC. Conference Paper.

Lavelle, M.J (2011) ’Exploring the barriers and motivations underlying sustainable lifestyles: a case study from Ireland’. Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA. Conference Paper.

Lavelle, M.J (2011) ’’Unpacking sustainable household consumption in Ireland: A comparative overview of urban-rural and cross cultural trends’. 19th Annual Colloquium IGU/UGI, NUI, Galway. Conference Paper.

Lavelle, M.J. (2011) ’Examining the existing and emerging trends in domestic consumption behaviour: a case study from Ireland’. Sustainable Consumption Conference, Hamburg, Germany. Conference Paper.

Conference representation and professional contributions

Lavelle, M.J (2015) 'Behaviour change in the Anthropocene: Charting new pathways towards sustainability’. [Co-chaired session with Dr Stewart Barr], RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015 - Geographies of the Anthropocene, University of Exeter, UK, 1-3 Sept 2015.

Lavelle, M.J. (2015) The 7th SCORAI European workshop. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], NUI Galway, 23 May 2015.

Lavelle, M.J (2015) 'Perspectives on sustainable consumption and behavioural change'. [Chaired Session], CONSENSUS International Conference on Sustainable Consumption, NUI Galway, 21-23 May 2015.

Lavelle, M.J. (2015) CONSENSUS International Conference on Sustainable Consumption. [Conference Organising Committee Coordinator and chairperson], NUI Galway, 21-23 May 2015.  

Lavelle, M.J. (2013) ‘Charting new pathways towards sustainable consumption: Policy challenges and promising practices’ [Chaired two sessions]. Conference of Irish Geographers, National University of Ireland, Galway, 16-18th May 2013.

Lavelle, M.J. (2013) 45th Conference of Irish Geographers’ [Conference Organising Committee Member]. The National University of Ireland, Galway, 16-18th May 2013.

Lavelle, M.J. (2013) Conference of Irish Geographers Poster Session, [Session Organiser]. 45th Conference of Irish Geographers, The National University of Ireland, Galway, 16-18th May 2013.


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