This project aims to understand staff and students' broader lifestyles as part of a work-life ecology, occurring across a range of spaces, both physical and virtual.
Of particular focus is the relatedness of these practices to the consumption of energy and water resources, and the opportunities for integrating sustainability into these in a holistic way. In this respect, the research recognises that RMIT is embedded into a range of socio-technical systems that extend beyond it’s own ‘carbon footprint’. This requires novel and innovative ways of understanding how resource use straddles the boundaries of RMIT as a social institution, digital hub, and urban space.
The project will identify and describe a range of everyday practices that are amenable to being investigated in this way, and attempt to identify potential avenues for shifting these practices to less resource intensive configurations.