Paulina Luzecka
PhD student

Research

Research projects

Project Title: Aviation, climate change and social practices: A study of gap year travels to faraway destinations

Supervisors: Dr Stewart Barr (Exeter), Dr Ewan Woodley (Exeter), Prof Alan Lewis (Bath)

Funding Body: ESRC (Environment, Energy and Resilience Pathway)

Project Description:
It has been widely recognized that contemporary patterns of tourism mobility are incompatible with sustainability goals. Fundamental changes in travel behaviour are required, including a shift towards shorter distance and less frequent travel. This project aims to shed a new light on the factors influencing long-haul air travel by exploring the gap year phenomenon, which has become a mainstream activity for the British youth - a form of contemporary ‘rite of passage‘. By doing so, this study positions flying as an ‘ingredient’ of established travel and tourism practices, rather than an outcome of individual motivations and decision making.  A social practice perspective is adopted to investigate how conventions and expectations related to gap year destinations are developed and reproduced at multiple sites. 

Publications:

Quested, T. and Luzecka, P., 2014. Household Food and Drink Waste - A People Focus. [pdf] Banbury: WRAP. Available at: www.wrap.org.uk/sites/files/wrap/People-focused%20report%20v6_5%20full.pdf

Presentations:

The Psychology of Governing Sustainable Tourism Mobility Second International Workshop, Freiburg, Germany (2014) “”Take a gap year!” Recruitment to unsustainable tourism mobility: a social practice perspective”

Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, London (2013) “Flying behaviour, climate change and social practices: A study of gap year travels to faraway destinations”

RGS Planning and Environment Research Group Sustainable Transitions Workshop, Exeter (2013) “Aviation, climate change and social practices: A study of gap year travels to faraway destinations”

University of Exeter Climate and Society Research Group Symposium, Exeter (2012) How can social practice theories improve our understanding of sustainable consumption?

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