Society 46 posts

At the heart of any form of prosperity lie the desires, aspirations, needs and capabilities of ordinary people. Understanding these needs and aspirations is vital. Our research examines the contested and situated nature of people’s visions of the good life and the role of materialism in delivering (or hindering) prosperity. We explore how different understandings of social justice and fairness enter our narratives of the good life. We also look at how our aspirations for prosperity and sustainability are negotiated in different contexts and circumstances. Using both social research and psychological experiments, we explore the idea that people could have ‘more fun with less stuff’. A more detailed outline of our investigation into societal understandings of the good life can be accessed on our theme page.

Intergenerational learning: making the SDGs work | Blog by Sue Venn
The Agenda 2030 forms an ambitious set of long-run goals. Yet, for those most affected, the year 2030 seems like a very long time in the future. How can we make the most of it and involve kids in the SDGs task, Sue Venn asks, reflecting on her participation at a recent Global Goals conference at Ken Stimpson Community School.
The Global Goals | School Conference w/ Dr Sue Venn
In this one day school conference, 160 students between the ages of 13-14 are challenged to learn, discuss and create as global citizens methods for the UK to meet the SDGs; in due course designing solutions. Dr Sue Venn is attending the conference to help the students with developing and articulating their ideas.
Doing family and sustainability | New paper by Kate Burningham and Sue Venn
Kate Burningham to present new paper at 5th International CRFR conference in Edinburgh, 14 June 2016. It argues for the development of more relational and positive discourses of sustainable consumption which align sustainable living with the creation and maintenance of family life.
Constructing and mobilising ‘the consumer’ | Seminar w/ David Evans
With a focus on the politics of food waste reduction in the UK, this seminar considers how responses to sustainability challenges are mediated by the real and discursive figure of the responsible consumer.
Social and psychological understandings of the good life | Blog by Kate Burningham
What does the ‘good life’ actually mean to people and how are their visions and aspirations informed by aspects of their social, economic and environmental situation? In this blog, co-investigator Kate Burningham explains how CUSP is approaching research into the social and psychological understandings of the good life.
Spending time in a low carbon society: Less stuff, more fun? | Seminar w/ Angela Druckman
Can we have more fun, while using less ‘stuff’? In this talk Co-Investigator Angela Druckman will consider what makes us happy, how we currently use our time, and the environmental impacts of our different activities.