Monica's research seeks to provide a deep understanding of the relationship between sustainable consumption practices and human wellbeing to support the transition towards low-carbon societies.
Mònica is a social scientist specialising in sustainable consumption and wellbeing drawing on mix-methods and participatory methodologies. She has a BA in Economics (Autonomous University of Barcelona), MRes in Applied Economics (Autonomous University of Barcelona) , MRes in European Social Policy (Bath) and a PhD in Social and Policy Sciences (Bath). She has previously worked as Associate Professor at Nord University (Norway) and as Senior Researcher at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (UiO) and the Centre for Development and the Environment (UiO).
Following the economics of happiness tradition, Mònica’s research has addressed the relationship between subjective wellbeing indicators (life satisfaction, happiness, etc.) and personal income, consumption practices, materialistic values, and social comparison, among other personal and societal factors. Drawing on human needs perspectives, her participatory research has studied the interlinked values, attitudes, technologies, behaviors, spaces, institutions and environments that hamper or promote need fulfilment and environmental sustainability in different socio-economic contexts. Her 2016 book Sustainability and Wellbeing. Human Scale Development in Practice (Routledge) summarizes her research on human needs and local transformations towards sustainable societies.
FLYWELL - how to reduce air travel and at the same time maintain a high quality of life.
The goal of FLYWELL is to engage people and organizations in Norway in reducing the environmental impact of air travel. For many people, air travel is linked to quality of life. Travelling for work, leisure, and family is often associated with experiences of relatedness, belonging, physical health, autonomy, and freedom, all identified as human or basic needs in the well-being literature.
Consumer behaviour | Transport | Just transition
eLife - how to circulate more electronics
Consumption of electrical and electronic products (e-products) in households contributes to increasing amounts of hazardous EE waste, environmental damage and greenhouse gas emissions. While actors within business, voluntary organizations and the public sector have increasingly been driving forces to implement strategies for a more circular economy, consumers have been far less involved.
Climate and society
In the Climate and society group, we do research on and for transformation processes towards a low-emission and climatically adapted society. In doing so, we analyze interactions between relevant processes and actors at different scales in order to produce high-quality research that is applicable for various societal actors.