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Learning to consume less: Can experiences during the C ovid-19 pandemic trigger lifestyle transformation?

About this project

Project information

Project status

In progress 2021 - 2021


Magnus Boström

Research subject

Research environments

Prevailing cultures, social norms and practices in society reproduce unsustainable patterns of mass and excess consumption. The Covid-19 crisis offers a unique opportunity to study transformative potentials triggered by the disruption of many consumer practices during the pandemic. The purpose is to contribute knowledge about new experiences and insights that people gained from involuntary disruption of certain consumer practices, with a particular focus on exploring possibilities to reduce excess and high climate impact consumption. What is the long-term transformative learning potential in relation to temporarily altered consumer practices? The study consists of a literature review study and an interview study of consumers. 

Publications in the project
Boström, Magnus; Römmelmann, Helena; Sandström, Lina. 2022. Could practices of reduced consumption during the Covid-19 pandemic facilitate transformative change for sustainability? Experiences from Sweden and Ireland. Frontiers in Sustainability.

More information, including access to article, at Frontiers in Sustainability online

Boström, Magnus 2021. Social relations and everyday consumption rituals: Barriers or prerequisites for sustainability transformation? Frontiers in Sociology 
More information, including access to article, at Frontiers in Sociology online.   

Boström, Magnus 2021. Take the opportunity afforded by the COVID-19 experiences: progressive non-growth policies for sustainable lifestyles Frontiers in Sustainability
More information, including access to article, at Frontiers in Sustainability online. 

Research funding bodies

  • The Swedish Research Council Formas
  • Örebro University