INFEWS Household Consumption Research


Since fall of 2016, I have been working with an amazing group of collaborators on a National Science Foundation Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water (NSF INFEWS) “Reducing Household Food, Energy, and Water Consumption: A Quantitative Analysis of Interventions and Impacts of Conservation” funded interdisciplinary research project. The project is aimed at seeking ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through conservation of household-scale direct and indirect (via food and water) energy use.  The project involves an ambitious blend of 1) modeling for current and future potential scenarios in food, energy, and water consumption conducted by a team of engineering scientists, 2) an iterative feedback between social science research, including role playing scenarios, surveys, interviews, and a household intervention study, to inform and refine that model, 3) development of a innovative “household metabolism tracker” by a team of computer scientists used to track consumption and communicate impacts via the household intervention study. You can read more about this project here and here.

This National Science Foundation Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water (NSF INFEWS) funded interdisciplinary research project was highlighted in a Sierra Magazine feature and on the NSF-INFEWS WordPress site.

At the project team’s annual meeting in fall 2017, we presented an update on the social science data collection. You can view that update here:

October 2017 Annual meeting update.

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