Home: The Arena for Sustainable Development – A Conceptual Discussion

By Elin Wihlborg and Per Assmo.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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In contemporary society, the environment is often regarded as a global issue that requires international attention However, the global problem surrounding the environment can be regarded as a symptom and result of the everyday activities of people at a local level. A focus on a local level can be identified as a focus on the household, which consists of individuals who live together and is a space where everyday life is organised and takes place. Depending on the different academic disciplinary contexts in which they operate, various interpretations and analyses of the household and everyday life within the household will vary. Even in daily political languages there are different meanings and interpretations. The aim of this paper is to distinguish and discuss the implications of viewing the home in three different contexts; as a physical dwelling, as a node of economic resource management, and finally as a dwelling for a social and emotional family. These three dimensions of everyday life are related to the three dimensions of sustainable development and an analysis that can identify and integrate these dimensions can provide possibilities for creating sustainable development processes combining local and global solutions to ways of living.

Keywords: Home, Everyday Life, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.319-332. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 695.633KB).

Prof. Elin Wihlborg

Professor, Department for Economy and Industrial Development, Linkoping University, Linkoping, Western Region, Sweden

Elin Wihlborg is an associate professor in Politics at Linköping University and holds a position as a senior Lecture in Architecture at Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. She has a Master of Social Policy from London School of Economics and a PhD in Technology and Social Change. Her research focuses on policies towards households, local planning and policy from inter-disciplinary perspectives.

Prof. Per Assmo

Professor, Department for Studies of Economics & Informatics, The International Programme for Politics and EconomicsT, Linkoping University, Linkoping, Western Region, Sweden

Per Assmo obtained his Ph.D. in human/economic geography at Göteborg University, Sweden in 1999. Dr. Assmo has for more than 15 years conducted and published research work focusing on economic growth in an African as well European context. In recent years, he has also worked with internationalisation of higher education. Apart from initiating and developing international web-based courses, he has also developed an international bachelor degree programme in politics and economics (IPPE). As part of these international oriented academic activities, Dr Assmo has also conducted research and published articles related to pedagogical aspects of international higher education.

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