MATIN TransitionS Seminar: Voluntary Simplicity

Séminaire Permanent Managing and Assessing Transition Innovation Network

Vendredi 18 novembre 2022

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Animation Héloïse Berkowitz, Mathias Guérineau

On the 18th of November, we will have the pleasure to listen to Verónica Devenin (EADA - business school barcelona) on her work on trajectories to voluntary simplificity lifestyles. 

Verónica Devenin is a sociologist, and holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Technologies from the Universitat de Barcelona. With almost 10 years of experience in the industry, Verónica began her career as an assistant professor at the Adolfo Ibáñez University Business School in Chile. As a professor in the Department of Strategy, Leadership and People at EADA, Verónica continues her research on sustainable and regenerative businesses, also including the consumer perspective. Verónica is also a member of the B Academics board of directors and Chair of Global Engagement, and member of SEKN (Social Enterprise Knowledge Network)

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Trajectories towards a voluntary simplicity lifestyle and inner growth

Although there is an increase in research on different aspects of voluntary simplicity (VS), there is less understanding of the trajectories that individuals follow when adopting a voluntary simplicity lifestyle, and how transitioning to this lifestyle relates to inner growth. The aim of the paper is to examine the role of inner growth on differentiating voluntary simplicity from other lifestyles. We draw on the framework of resonance by Rosa (2019) Resonance. A sociology of our relationship to the world. Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, who claims the need to move from a state of permanent search for material resources, to develop a resonant relationship with the world. Resonance is a way of relating to the world, where individuals and the world mutually affect each other in an interactive way. Seventeen in-depth interviews were held with voluntary simplifiers living in Chile. The findings propose a model that identifies three different trajectories that people follow to achieve a voluntary simplicity lifestyle and the implication for inner growth as a result of more resonant relationships with the world.

Devenin, V., & Bianchi, C. (2022). Trajectories towards a voluntary simplicity lifestyle and inner growth. Journal of Consumer Culture0(0).

MATIN TransitionS Seminar: Voluntary Simplicity


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