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Sustainable household capability: which households are doing the work of environmental sustainability?
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  • Gordon R Waitt, University of Wollongong
  • Peter Caputi, University of Wollongong
  • Chris Gibson, University of Wollongong
  • Carol Farbotko, University of Wollongong
  • Lesley Head, University of Wollongong
  • Nick Gill, University of Wollongong
  • Elyse Stanes, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
53313
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Publication Details

Waitt, G., Caputi, P., Gibson, C., Farbotko, C., Head, L., Gill, N. & Stanes, E. (2012). Sustainable household capability: which households are doing the work of environmental sustainability?. Australian Geographer, 43 (1), 51-74.

Abstract
This paper presents a framework for analysing which households are doing ‘their bit’ for sustainability in an era of climate change, using a two-stage cluster analysis of sustainable household capabilities. The framework segments households by their reported level of commitment to ‘pro-sustainability’ practices common to conventional government policies. Results are presented from a large-scale survey of Wollongong households, New South Wales, Australia. Results illustrate the importance of approaching household sustainability through everyday practices. Attention is drawn to the wide variation in participation in specific household sustainability practices. Investigation into sustainable household capability by household segments shows the limits of even the most committed households. Results show the importance of socio-cultural contexts in differentiating sustainable household capabilities—with women, suburban-detached households and lower income segments of the population ultimately doing most of the work of being sustainable.
Citation Information
Gordon R Waitt, Peter Caputi, Chris Gibson, Carol Farbotko, et al.. "Sustainable household capability: which households are doing the work of environmental sustainability?" (2012) p. 51 - 74
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gwaitt/61/