Unlocking pro-environmental behaviour change in luxury hospitality: A practice theory approach

Chawla, Gaurav ORCID: 0000-0001-6845-3004 (2024) Unlocking pro-environmental behaviour change in luxury hospitality: A practice theory approach. In: 32nd CHME 2024 - The Hospitality Industry: Its Impact on the Environment, Community and Workplace, 21 May 2024 - 24 May 2024, Headingley Campus, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS6 3QS. (Unpublished)

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This paper examines how practice theory can be applied to provoke pro-environmental behaviour change, leading to waste reduction. Using Shove et al.‘s (2012) conceptualisation of practices, primary data were gathered from five-star hotels using document analysis, participant observations and semi-structured interviews. A new set of non-human actors, i.e. different types and configurations of bins were introduced in hotel kitchens, with the aim of bringing about pro-environmental behaviour change. Findings showed how and why the interventions met with resistance. Human and nonhuman actors rely on each other for their agency. Practice change is often difficult to achieve since shared meanings are difficult to establish. However, a new, seemingly insignificant set of actors can lead to change in ‘meaningful knowledge’, and subsequently shared meanings. The study contributes to knowledge by demonstrating how deeply embedded practices and routines can be modified using non-human actors in small-scale interventions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agency; Food waste; Luxury hospitality; Non-human actor; Practice change; Shared meanings
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TX Home economics > TX901-946.5 Hospitality Industry
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Kamila Niekoraniec
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2024 14:17
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2024 14:30
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/13709

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