Sustainable Lifestyles R&D

Find below the Sustainable Lifestyles Research and Development Projects IFIHP leads or collaborates with:

Partnership for Education and research about Responsible Living (PERL)

PERL is a partnership of universities, research institutes, international organizations, national and local civil society organizations and some small and medium enterprises from more than 140 institutions in over 50 countries.  PERL develops and promotes policy changes, develops curricula, gives visibility to those creating innovative, better lifestyles, develops teaching methods and materials, supports projects in developing countries, and researches product and consumer trends, social responsibility, information management and social innovation.

IFIHP is the coordinator of PERL Regional Network in Africa The Network focuses in meeting the needs of the region on research about responsible living and sustainable consumption, and its members come from diverse organizations of Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia.

Find below IFIHP’s contribution to PERL and to Sustainable Lifestyles R&D:

Ethical Education for Responsible Lifestyles


Ethical Education for Responsible Lifestyles is a project aimed at improving personal, social and environmental wellbeing in South African communities by developing responsible lifestyles through ethical education and learning processes. The project is designed by Nico Grönum (University of Pretoria) and Carme Martínez-Roca (IFIHP).

The project has three phases:

Phase 1:

  • Identify responsible lifestyles related values which are important for community participants.
  • Prioritize responsible lifestyles values the community feels important to develop further.

Phase 2:

  • Identify predisposing (knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions), reinforcing (social support) and enabling (resources and structural conditions) factors amongst the community which motivate, reward and facilitate behaviors based in responsible lifestyle values previously identified.
  • Select predisposing, reinforcing and enabling factors which have the greatest potential to develop and improve responsible lifestyle behaviors within the community.

Phase 3:

  • Plan, carry-out and evaluate an integrative ethical education program based on selected predisposing, reinforcing and enabling factors.

This is a participatory, interdisciplinary, holistic, scalable and evidence-based project founded on Integrative Ethical Education, Critical Praxis, Asset Based Development, Value-Based Indicators and the PRECEDE model for program planning.

A pilot of phases one and two will be implemented from August until end of October 2014 in Olievenhoutbosch, Gauteng. The pilot will inform a research proposal to be presented to the South African National Research Foundation.

Fostering Responsible Lifestyles amongst Students – PERL Media Competition 2014: New Ways of Living Responsibly. What Can We Do Differently?

PERL-2014-Media-Competition-Launched_hihmarticleThere is an urgent need for individuals and society to significantly rethink and reorient the choices they make and the manner in which they live their lives in order to reduce the negative impacts of climate change and financial instability, to ensure a more just distribution of resources and foster sustainable, dignified human development for all. This competition is one of the strategies PERL uses to encourage students to reflect about the way they live and to contribute to constructive change.

Learners from Grade 8 to 12, Further Education and Training centres and Universities from all ages can enter the competition. Click here to find all the information on how to participate.

Tailoring Active Learning Materials for Responsible Living to African Countries

A group of specialists from PERL is working on active learning methodologies to empower individuals to actively participate in shaping an ecologically sustainable, economically efficient and socially just environment. PERL Regional Network organisations in Africa (Floresta from Tanzania and Consumers Watch from Kenya) have completed this template, in order to explain how Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is currently integrated into the national curriculum of their country. The template is based on Sustainable Development Indicators. The information gathered will help tailor LOLA (Looking for Likely Alternatives) active learning materials to their’s country’s national curriculum.

Paper: Bling is Black? Deconstructing ‘Bling’ Culture in South Africa to Foster Behavioural Change Towards Sustainable Livelihoods

IFIHP, as a PERL member, and Mental Health First Aid South Africa, presented the paper Bling is Black? Deconstructing ‘Bling’ Culture in South Africa to Foster Behavioural Change Towards Sustainable Livelihoods at the Global Research Forum held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.


Adaptation of YouthXchange to Africa

IFIHP is coordinating the work to adapt to Africa the UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption. UNEP and UNESCO created the Youth for change (YXC) initiative to address the promotion of sustainable lifestyles among young people (15-24). YXC is a training kit that aims at empowering and mobilising youth, their teachers, trainers, NGO’s and youth groups to “be the change they want to see in the world” and to find workable solutions to tend towards sustainable consumption and sustainable development.  The YXC training kit provides information, ideas, tips and good practices on topics such as healthy lifestyles, mobility, water, waste reduction, energy and so forth.

It is expected that the training kit will be published in 2014.

Translation of Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption

As a PERL member, IFIHP has translated into Spanish the publication Here and Now! Education for Sustainable Consumption, that has been developed by UNEP and the Marrakech Task Force on Education for Sustainable Consumption led by Italy, in collaboration with the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) and Hedmark University College.