Autonomous geographies in Dublin: sustainability innovation, social learning and sustainable lifestyles in resistance trajectories

Laura Martins de Carvalho

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In recent years, there has been an increased interest in grassroots and community-based actions focusing in sustainability innovation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles. However, there are few researches linking autonomous geographies with sustainability innovation, social learning and sustainable lifestyles. In this research I analyse one autonomous social centre based in Dublin, Seomra Spraoi, to find if the Centre is a fruitful space for sustainability innovation, social learning and if it promotes sustainable lifestyles. A mixed method of data collection was used: semi-structured qualitative interviews with the people involved in managing the centre and long-term volunteers (9 participants) to establish how sustainability innovation and social learning take place in the Centre and a quantitative survey with the centre’s Facebook page supporters (287 participants) to verify their level of environmental awareness and if they engage in a sustainable lifestyle. The findings reveal that Seomra Spraoi is a space where sustainability innovation and social learning de facto occurs in the project of The Bicycle Workshop and to some extent in the Seomra Café. The findings also reveal that the attitudes of the Centre’s Facebook page supporters towards food and transport use are more sustainable and the overall environmental concern is higher when compared to the rest of the Irish population. Finally, this research concludes with the contributions autonomous geographies can provide in terms of sustainability innovations, social learning and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles in a grassroots sustainable development context.

Keywords: Autonomous geographies in Ireland;grassroots sustainability innovation ; social learning; sustainable lifestyles.

Geografias autônomas em Dublin: inovações em sustentabilidade, aprendizagem social e estilos de vida sustentáveis em trajetórias de resistência

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Nos últimos anos é crescente o interesse em ações comunitárias, com foco em inovações em sustentabilidade e na promoção de estilos de vida sustentáveis. No entanto, existem poucas pesquisas que se dedicam a analisar as relações entre geografias autônomas, inovações em sustentabilidade, aprendizagem social e estilos de vida sustentáveis. O presente artigo analisa dados sobre um Centro Social Autônomo, com sede em Dublin, denominado ‘Seomra Spraoi’. Esta pesquisa procura identificar se o referido Centro é um espaço fértil para inovações em sustentabilidade, aprendizagem social e se estimula – ou não – estilos de vida sustentáveis. Um método misto de coleta de dados foi utilizado para a investigação: um questionário semi-estruturado para realizar entrevistas qualitativas com ativistas envolvidos na gestão do Centro e com voluntários que trabalham ali (9 participantes) a fim de estabelecer como as inovações em sustentabilidade e a aprendizagem social acontecem no local, e um questionário quantitativo enviado para os ‘fãs da página do Facebook’ (287 participantes), para verificar o nível de conhecimento dos participantes acerca de questões ambientais e verificar se eles se empenham em um estilo de vida sustentável. Os resultados revelam que o ‘Seomra Spraoi’ é um espaço onde a inovação, a sustentabilidade e a aprendizagem social, ocorrem de fato no projeto da ‘Oficina de Bicicleta’ e, em certa medida, no ‘Seomra Café’. Os resultados também revelam que as atitudes dos fãs da página do Centro no Facebook são mais sustentáveis no que se refere aos alimentos que consomem e ao tipo de transporte que utilizam. Nesse sentido, os participantes indicam ter preocupação ambiental em grau mais elevado quando comparado com o resto da população irlandesa. Por fim, a pesquisa conclui que geografias autônomas podem propor e implementar ações inovadoras em sustentabilidade, aprendizagem social e promover estilos de vida sustentáveis em um contexto de desenvolvimento sustentável de base.

Palavras-chaves: Geografias autônomas na Irlanda; inovações em sustentabilidade de base; aprendizagem social; estilos de vida sustentáveis.

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geografias autônomas na Irlanda; inovações em sustentabilidade de base; aprendizagem social; estilos de vida sustentáveis; técnicas participativas.

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