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 sociology of consumption, environmental governance, sustainable development, and critical social theory and research methodologies. Mary holds a master's in Environment, Politics and Society from University College London and a Ph.D. in human geography from NUI Galway. An Irish native, she comes from Galway city in the West of Ireland and moved to Wageningen in 2019. 

Mary is an expert in critical geographical and sociological research on (un)sustainable consumption to which she applies interdisciplinary, participatory, and cross-cultural research methods to explore intersecting contextual processes shaping daily lifestyles and practices. Her expertise lies in investigating the intersection of consumption with broader dynamics in systems of provision. 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 and mobility). Her work explores the role and experience of citizen-consumers in innovations towards sustainable production and consumption systems, from community-driven interventions to urban circular economy transitions.

Mary sits on the editorial advisory board of the Journal Consumption & Society and the board of the European Sociological Association's Sociology of Consumption Research Group. She also sits on the executive board of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative's European branch (SCORAI EUROPE) and is an active member of the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Production and Consumption

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Project lead & coordinator: Covid-19 and Consumption: disruptions in everyday life 
This ongoing project is advancing a cross-cultural social practice approach to exploring 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:

Project partner: Gender equity and Energy Access in the Global South: This project investigates what the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of "access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy" (SDG7) means to the professionals working on matters of energy access, and in particular what the implications are for gender equality ( SDG5), in the Global South. Through collaboration with 11 partners in sites across six countries, this project has undertaken 86 semi-structured interviews with energy sector professionals across Nigeria, Ghana, India and Pakistan. 

The project yields actionable, evidence-based recommendations for stakeholders to support equitable development of new and ongoing policies and interventions on energy access. Critically towards ensuring energy policy(makers) start conceptualizing gender in more inclusive ways, as part of energy access interventions. See our project website for more information:

Project Partner:   Unusual Perspectives on Dynamic Networks: Building Interdisciplinary Understanding (SPARK Unusual Collaboration Project).  This project seeks to explore multi-disciplinary ways in which we can conceptualize and study dynamic networks and their role in sustainability transitions. The Spark Unusual Collbaortion fund supports collaboration among early-career scholars at Dutch University (WUR, Utrecht, and Eindhoven) for more information see

Urban lifestyles and consumption biographies: Exploring the intersections between lives, practices, and contexts, this project involves ongoing cross-cultural urban comparative analysis of the evolution of consumption lifestyles in different urban sites and development settings around the world, including Ireland, Bosnia, New Zealand, and The Gambia.

In addition to the above, I supervise a wide range of bachelor, master, and doctoral research investigating various aspects of the social dynamics of (un)sustainable consumption, across domains such as food, mobility, and circular economy transitions as they play out across diverse urban sites. I currently supervise 3 individual Ph.D. projects on diversity and out-of-home urban 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-70224 - MSc Internship Environmental Policy
  • ENP-70424 - MSc Internship Environmental Policy
  • ENP-79224 - MSc Research Practice Environmental Policy
  • ENP-79324 - MSc Research Practice Environmental Policy
  • ENP-80424 - MSc Thesis Environmental Policy
  • ENP-80436 - MSc Thesis Environmental Policy
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