Theorizing the meso level: The household as a crucible of pro-environmental behaviour

Louise Reid, Philip Sutton, Colin Hunter

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This paper identifies the need to develop a conceptual approach that moves away from dichotomous thinking about pro-environmental behaviour by considering the meso level of reality, through which macro level change can be observed and micro level activity can be contextualized. The discussion reviews pro-environmental behaviour literatures, presenting an alternative conceptual approach that incorporates the importance of scale and the social units to which people belong. In particular, the paper argues that greater understanding of the household, as a unit within the meso level, offers an opportunity to rethink the future research agenda for the study of pro-environmental behaviour.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-327
Number of pages19
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number3
Early online date28 Sept 2009
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • conceptual approach
  • environmental policy
  • households
  • meso level
  • pro-environmental behaviour
  • sustainable development


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