Int. J. of Environment and Sustainable Development   »   2016 Vol.15, No.4

 

 

Title: Sustainability practices and lifestyle groups in a rapidly emerging economy: a case study of Chennai, India

 

Authors: Terry Tudor; Chris Holt; Nigel Freestone; G. Bhaskaran; M. Suresh; Sindy Banga

 

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School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton, St George's Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD, UK
School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton, St George's Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD, UK
School of Science and Technology, University of Northampton, St George's Avenue, Northampton, NN2 6JD, UK
Department of Geography, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai – 600 005, Tamil Nadu, India
Department of Geography, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai – 600 005, Tamil Nadu, India; Centre for Natural Hazards and Management Studies, University of Madras, Chepauk, Chennai – 600 005, Tamil Nadu, India
School of Health, University of Northampton, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK

 

Abstract: The development of strategies to encourage more sustainable approaches to resource consumption is a key global challenge. This is particularly the case within rapidly developing countries such as India, due to rapid urbanisation, population growth and resource consumption. Using households in the Southeastern Indian city of Chennai as the case study, this study sought to examine the extent to which lifestyles could be categorised into groups and the role of the concepts of sustainability on these groups. Five lifestyle groups were identified, ranging from 'dedicated environmentalists', to non-environmentalist'. Conservation of electricity and water were key sustainability behaviours. Various key factors were found to impact upon the behaviours of individuals in these groups including perceived limitations in time, levels of awareness, as well as values. The implications of the findings for facilitating improved policies and practices are discussed.

 

Keywords: Chennai; India; energy conservation; water conservation; recycling; sustainable development; pro-environmental behaviour; sustainability; lifestyle groups; emerging economies; case study; time limitations; awareness levels; values.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJESD.2016.079475

 

Int. J. of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2016 Vol.15, No.4, pp.337 - 351

 

Available online: 28 Aug 2016

 

 

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