Namedr. MF Greene

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DescriptionUniversitair docent
OrganizationDepartment of Social Sciences
Organization UnitEnvironmental Policy


Mary Greene is an Assistant Professor at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University. She researches and teaches in the field of environmental governance, development, sustainable production and consumption, social theory and research methods. 

Mary's current research interests focus on environmental governance sustainable consumption research. She is especially interested in the inter-relationships between socio, cultural and technological change and evolution of social practices in peoples’ everyday lives (such as food, energy, and mobility). She is also interested in exploring the role and experience of citizen-consumers in innovations towards sustainable production and consumption systems, with a particular focus on circular economy transitions. 

Central to Mary's recent and ongoing research has been an emphasis on progressing understandings of the intersection of dynamics in everyday consumption with broader systems of provisions and innovating theoretical and methodological approaches to investigating consumption. Theoretically, Mary has expertise in sociological theories of consumption, including practice theories, transition theories, multi-level perspectives, political economy and energy cultures, to name just a few. Methodologically, she applies interdisciplinary, participatory and cross-cultural case study research methods to explore intersecting contextual processes shaping action. 

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Main current projects:
Project lead & coordinator: From Lock Down to Lock In? COVID19, changing social practices and transitioning to resilient, inclusive sustainable lifestyles 
This ongoing project is advancing a cross-cultural social practice theory approach to exploring the social and cultural variation of the impact of the COVID19 pandemic on dynamics of daily consumption practices. The project is being led by ENP and includes a consortium of international scholars in the sociology of sustainable consumption across Europe, Asia, and the USA. Overview: -sustainable-lifestyles-.htm


Energy Biographies: Exploring the intersections between lives, practices, and contexts


Citizen engagement in circular economy transitions


In addition to the above, Mary Greene supervises 3 individual PhD projects on diversity and food consumption practices in Africa; bio-fuel transitions in China; community resistance to extractivism in Ireland.

  • ENP-23806 - Sustainability Transitions: Concepts, Issues and Indicators
  • ENP-33306 - Environment and Development
  • ENP-70424 - MSc Internship Environmental Policy
  • ENP-79324 - MSc Research Practice Environmental Policy
  • ENP-80424 - MSc Thesis Environmental Policy
  • ENP-80436 - MSc Thesis Environmental Policy
  • ENP-81603 - BSc Thesis Environmental Policy and Economics Part 1
  • ESA-60312 - European Workshop Environmental Sciences and Management
  • YMS-30812 - Metropolitan Challenges
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