Paulina Luzecka
PhD student


My research interests lie in the broad field of behaviour change, predominantly in the area of sustainable consumption and transitions to less resource-intensive ways of living. In particular, I am interested in socio-cultural underpinnings of behaviour and how these affect the ability and willingness of individuals to act in environmentally responsible ways. In my work I draw on the theories of social practice, recognizing that individual choice is often restricted by social conventions, meanings and norms; institutions; existing infrastructures; as well as the spatial and temporal arrangements of daily life. I also have an interest in developing impact from such research, through informing practical behaviour change strategies.

More specifically, my PhD investigates the growing demand for long haul flying, exploring the proliferation of exotic gap year travels among young people. I also have a strong interest in food waste prevention and recently completed an ESRC research internship at WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), where I worked on a  project investigating factors contributing to household food waste generation.

Prior to my PhD, I received a First Class Honours degree in Sociology and an MSc in Social Research with Distinction from the University of Leicester. I was also awarded the Dr Anne Witz Prize for the best third year undergraduate student and the Dr Rees Powell Prize for the best master’s dissertation. 

Broad research specialisms:

Sustainable consumption; behaviour change; social practice theories; sustainable tourism and travel; food waste; qualitative and quantitative research methods


BA (Hons) Sociology (First Class), University of Leicester, UK
MSc Social Research (Distinction), University of Leicester, UK

Contact details

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University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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