Action Research for Environmentally Sustainable Housing: Using research as a tool for change
2008 (English)In: Journal of Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies, ISSN 1602-2297, Vol. 7, no 2, 1-12 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Critics claim that neither results from sustainable housing demonstration projects nortools for the environmental impact assessment of buildings are used in mainstream housing practice.Th is raises the question of how research-based knowledge for energy effi ciency and environmentalsustainability in the built environment could be transferred to practice in a better way. In this articlewe propose a model to address this problem by combining refl ective research and “green engineering”.Th e model was developed through applying action research theory on generalized fi ndings ofempirical studies by diff erent researchers. Th e model is called Action Research for EnvironmentallySustainable Housing (ARESH). In this kind of research it is permissible to be openly normativeand to strive for change, but not to neglect critical refl ection. To achieve this, the researcher has toco-operate closely with co-researchers such as residents and housing managers, and, furthermore, tobalance between taking the roles of researcher, team member and teacher/preacher. On the positiveside, the model permits dissemination of information targeted at researchers as well as practitioners,and also “leaves behind” practical knowledge with the co-researchers after the project properhas ended.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 7, no 2, 1-12 p.
Environmental research, sustainability, action research, housing research
Social and Economic Geography
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5682DiVA: diva2:10127
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