Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability (GLAMURS)

Transitions to sustainable lifestyles and green economies are among the most important challenges of our time. Funded by the European Commission’s 7th Research Framework Programme, GLAMURS ran from January 2014 to December 2016 to support policymakers, businesses, and citizens to make the right decisions on the way towards a sustainable future. GLAMURS created communicative contexts on European and regional levels to investigate how such transitions are possible. Methods such as knowledge co-productionagent based modelling, macro and micro economic modelling along with the highly integrated view of the interdisciplinary GLAMURS team helped to find greater insights into the complex issues involved with sustainable development.

Six lifestyle domains & seven regions

GLAMURS focused on six lifestyle domains: energy use, housing, work-leisure-balance, food-consumption, mobility and the consumption of manufactured products. The project drew on seven case studies to understand how transitions to sustainable lifestyles and green economies are possible. With the help of pioneers of sustainability in Galicia (Spain), Aberdeenshire (Scotland), Banat Timis (Romania), Danube-Bohemian Forest (Austria), Rotterdam-Delft-The Hague (Netherlands), Lazio region (Italy) as well as Central Germany, GLAMURS pointed out how lifestyles of sustainability pioneers could inspire regional actors to change political settings so that transitions to sustainable regions on a wider scale will become reality. At the same time, the regional and case study analyses provided insights into the upscaling of transitions beyond the regional level.

Find out more about GLAMURS’ aims, the project partners involved, Synergy Projects and the GLAMURS Advisory Board.