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InContext: Individuals in Context: Supportive Environments for Sustainable Living

Objective

InContext will investigate drivers and barriers for sustainability and their interplay on an individual and collective level. InContext assumes that both individual and collective behaviours respond to an external context (like social norms, policies, and infrastructure) and an internal context (like needs, values and priorities). So far, initiatives to further sustainable development have focused mainly on external contexts. InContext argues that it is essential to address both sides and include factors like individual needs or subconscious aspects to successfully bridge the gap between awareness and action at individual and collective levels. InContext will:
• Study internal and external contexts and the way individuals respond to them to identify drivers and barriers to actions advancing sustainable development.
• Conduct participatory scenario development and back-casting exercises in three local communities to generate findings on innovative mechanisms for co-operation and the identification of agents for change.
• Improve the understanding of the interplay between internal factors and external factors to behaviour, thereby generating results with regard to the interaction between structural and agent-based factors.
• Improve the understanding of how policies at EU and local levels (as part of the external context) can help address the internal context in a way that supports sustainability-driven action.
• Identify a set of innovative policy mixes for sustainability-driven action considering the roles of actors on different levels such as policy and opinion makers, business and civil society.
InContext attaches great importance to the applicability and distribution of its research results. This concern is reflected in the project design by the integration of a network of local governments and the setting up of an interdisciplinary advisory board allowing for a permanent communication and reality-check by political as well as business professionals.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2010
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH
Address
Pfalzburger Strasse 43-44
10717 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 369 465
Administrative Contact
Daniela Tings (Ms.)

Participants (8)

SERI NACHHALTIGKEITSFORSCHUNGS UND-KOMMUNIKATIONS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 209 602
Address
Schwarzspanierstrasse 4/3
1090 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gabriela Christler (Ms.)
ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michel Oldenhof (Mr.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 275 210
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Annette Schmidt (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 131 071
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angélique Greindl (Ms.)
ICLEI EUROPEAN SECRETARIAT GMBH (ICLEI EUROPASEKRETARIAT GMBH)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 207 694
Address
Leopoldring 3
79098 Freiburg Im Breisgau
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Stefan Kuhn (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 77 190
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jaco Quist (Dr.)
Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Polish Academy of Science
Poland
EU contribution
€ 28 658
Address
Bukowska 19
60809 Poznan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Adam Chorynski (Dr.)
DUTCH RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR TRANSITIONS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 197 836
Address
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Helmi Hansma (Ms.)