Brook Lyndhurst is an independent research and strategy consultancy. We work on projects that are concerned with understanding, promoting and delivering sustainable development. Since coming into being in 1999 we have worked for clients through the UK that share our commitment to the need to build a more sustainable society; and who understand, too, that the practical steps by which this can be achieved need to be based on robust evidence, creative insight and bold vision.
Whilst retaining our core belief in the importance of sustainability, our work has both shaped, and evolved to reflect, emerging priorities. Broadly, our work falls into one of six key areas – climate change; communities; business and sustainability; waste and resources; food; and sustainable lifestyles. (For an example of our experience and expertise on food, a brochure is available for download in the centre column). Across these areas we synthesise economic, social and environmental analysis. We retain the view that significant changes in individual, organisational and governmental behaviour are needed to bring about a more sustainable society, and much of our work is concerned with ‘behaviour change’.
Reflecting the breadth and complexity of the issues we tackle, our team is an eclectic mix. We have backgrounds in economics, anthropology, geography, international development, environmental science, social studies, journalism, market research, the Middle East, philosophy, political science and history. This variety means that our meetings are rarely dull, our thinking is rigorously tested and our analysis is invariably challenging.
Describing our approach in a blurb such as this is tricky, however, so rather than attempt a single, succinct adjective, or blather on about our ethical procurement policy or our flexible working patterns, we threw all the things we think apply to Brook Lyndhurst and ran it through Wordle. The resulting image, below, is as good an idea of what Brook Lyndhurst is about as you’re likely to get.
IN THIS SECTION
“We do not learn from experience… We learn from reflecting on experience.” (John Dewey) The strength of participatory action research (PAR) is that the role of the researcher includes being a facilitator of change. PAR seeks to understand the world while trying to change it, collaboratively and reflectively. In this blog, I briefly explore some [...]
Drawing distinctions between ‘change in attitude’, ‘change in behaviour’ and ‘one-off material change’ may miss out important pieces of the overall picture. The Energy Cultures team at CSAFE, have developed an ‘Energy Cultures Framework’. This framework brings together Cognitive norms (including attitudes), Practices (behaviour) and Material Culture, and suggests that these elements can all be interlinked and reinforce one another...
Alongside the questionnaire FutureFest goers were asked to reflect on what they wanted to be before growing up. Through playing with Lego we explored why participants wanted to be what it was they wanted to be and the barriers and enablers they had encountered along the way. 83 participants took part in our ‘experiment’. Collectively [...]