Category Archives: Communities

The wonders of self-ethnographic tools

“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 [...]

Fish pot luck, and sustainable behaviours

On Saturday I was down in Brighton administering some questionnaires as part of Brook Lyndhurst’s research role with Catchbox. Catchbox is a cooperative which directly connects fish lovers with fishers who use responsible fishing methods – delivering members not only with a supply of fish, but an enhanced ‘fish experience’. We wanted to find out more [...]

What a Catch!

Last week a few of us helped out at the launch events for Catchbox in Chichester and Brighton. It was great to see so many local residents, fishers, local community and food group members, and journalists/writers come out to support the project. At both events the interest and excitement in making such a scheme work [...]

Waste and the built environment

Our economy is built on the transformation of raw materials into products and services. Until recently the waste produced as part of this process or at the end of this product’s life was seen as an unavoidable part of this process. However, global economic growth is putting rising pressure on depleting resources, leading to a [...]

Nudging behaviour change with reward and recognition

A few weeks ago I spoke at CIWM‘s London & Southern Counties Centre Open Meeting on Reward & Recognition – Encouraging personal resource management. The line-up of speakers was quite impressive, including several local authorities piloting different schemes (under Defra’s Reward and Recognition Fund which we are evaluating) as well as Nectar, London Green Points [...]