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Sustainability, lifestyles, and consumption from a gender perspective


How can we enable sustainable living in the Nordic region? How can we better understand how differences in lifestyle arise? This is the focus for the project Sustainability, lifestyles, and consumption from a gender perspective. The project is part of the Sustainable lifestyles in the Nordic region programme. The project is implemented by Nordic Information on Gender, NIKK and the project owner is the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Gender Equality and LGBTI. 

Objective

The project aims to examine differences in women’s and men’s lifestyles and consumption in the Nordic countries. By analysing sustainability and lifestyle from a gender perspective, the project contributes to improving understanding and opportunities for sustainable consumption. The project is based on the themes included in the cross-sectoral programme’s various sub-projects and contributes to meeting goal 4 in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ action plan for “Our Vision 2030”.

The project can be linked to several of the goals in Agenda 2030: In particular to the sustainable development goal (SDG) 12 on consumption and production and target 12.8 to increase the public’s knowledge of sustainable lifestyles. The project also links to SDG 3 on health and well-being, SDG 4 on good education, SDG 5 on gender equality, and SDG 8 on decent working conditions and sustainable growth.

Description

The project will produce a Nordic knowledge overview of sustainability, lifestyle and consumption from a gender perspective. The study will:

  • Through current knowledge, make gender stereotypes visible and challenged in relation to consumption and lifestyle, and contribute to a better understanding of how differences arise, are strengthened and reproduced.
  • Include critical and intersectional perspectives to make visible and problematize, for example how class and age affect both consumption habits and norms around consumption.
  • Study and analyse sustainability and lifestyle concepts from a broad intersectional gender perspective, in relation to themes raised in the cross-sectoral program on sustainable lifestyles. These can be, for example, communication about sustainability, education for sustainability, sustainable cultural experiences and sustainable food experiences.

Results will be disseminated within the cross-sectoral programme.

Target group

National and Nordic politicians and officials, authorities, institutions, organizations, researchers and participants in the cross-sectoral programme.

Project timespan
2021-2022

Commissioned by
Nordic Council of Ministers

Contact
Jenny Pentler

Project budget
500 000 DKK