Sociological research

Do sustainable practices change
the way we relate to the world?

Information Sheet

What is this research about ?

This research explores how adopting sustainable practices transforms the way we relate to the world.

“Relating to the world” means interacting with people, groups, institutions, objects or places. It describes the way we see the world and its future, what is important to us and how we act today for what we think is important.

This research explores:

  • How acting in a more sustainable way change more than just our personal ecological footprint.
  • How personal choices contribute to the collective life experience.
  • How sustainable practices contribute to transforming our vision of the future and how they impact on both our personal and collective actions towards this purpose.


Are you ‘sustainable enough’ to participate?

If you feel concerned about the ecological crisis and try to act accordingly, yes, you are.


What are considered sustainable practices?
Some examples:

  • choosing to eat local and organic foods
  • cycling
  • walking
  • spending time in nature
  • gardening
  • reducing waste
  • consuming less
  • being aware of water or fuel consumption
  • raising your children with ecological awareness.


What is required from you?

Keep a weekly journal for a month.

  • Each week, you will receive some questions to reflect on.
  • Answer using the Word document or by hand on a separate sheet.
  • Add a drawing, a photograph or a video if you wish.
  • Return by email – scan or take a picture of the separate pages/images.

You can fill in the journal whenever it suits you during the week. It should take no more than 15 minutes per week, one hour over the month.

Participate in a one-hour interview.

  • An open discussion with the researcher based on your journal entries and additional questions.
  • You can take part remotely (online or on the phone) or do a walking interview, in a place of your choice. (subject to government health guidelines)


Why participate?

This is an opportunity for you:

  • to reflect on what is important for you
  • to deepen your understanding of your daily practices towards sustainability
  • to explore your choices from a different perspective
  • to contribute to the expansion of the knowledge on this topic.

Participation in this research is voluntary and based on consent. No payment or fees are offered in connection with this research.


Who is conducting the research?

Dr. Aurianne Stroude from the National University of Ireland in Galway is the lead postdoctoral researcher. Her research is funded by a mobility grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation, allowing Swiss researchers to benefit from a long-term stay in an international university.


What happens with your data? Is it confidential?

  • The data will be stored securely and anonymously. It will be used for analysis and possibly for publication of the results, always in an anonymous form.
  • The researcher will keep your personal data and contact information separately in order to be able to contact you if needed.
  • For further details on data storage and protection, feel free to send an email to Aurianne Stroude.


What if you don’t want to answer a question or don’t want to participate any more?

We value your commitment to the research process but please be aware that, according to the ethical guidelines in social science research:

  • You can refuse to answer some questions, without providing reasons.
  • You can withdraw your consent at any time during the research process. Simply contact the researcher without having to provide reasons.
  • You can have access to the data you provided and demand deletion, restriction or rectification.



Further Questions? Interested in participating?

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