Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG)

Research Group Summary

The Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group is funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Economics and Social Research Council and the Scottish Government. Its aim is to develop an integrated understanding of the complex relationships between people's lifestyles and practices and sustainability.


* to develop an integrated, inter-disciplinary understanding of the relationship between human behaviour, social practices, technological systems and sustainability;
* to build a sound conceptual basis for understanding and influencing change processes aimed at sustainable living;
* to synthesise relevant findings from existing and ongoing research on behaviour, practices, lifestyle and social change in a form accessible to policy-makers;
* to develop primary research studies aimed at elucidating key social, psychological, and structural dimensions of lifestyle change;
* to engage in and evaluate action-research initiatives aimed at sustainability – at community, organisation and household levels;
* to undertake or commission targeted research to inform specific policy campaigns or strategies;
* to expand UK research capacity on sustainable living, providing a significant opportunity for the transfer of knowledge and experience between academic and non-academic communities;
* to promote the UK as an international centre of excellence in research and policy for sustainable living.

Key Contact

Members - UC Staff

Members - Non-UC Staff

  • Kate Burningham: Co-investigator; University of Surrey
  • Ian Christie: Co-investigator; University of Surrey
  • Birgitta Gatersleben: Co-investigator; University of Surrey
  • Tim Jackson: Investigator; University of Surrey
  • Andrew Stirling: Co-investigator; University of Sussex
  • Bas Verplanken: Co-investigator; University of Bath

Subject Area: Disciplines