This summer, Dr.Dupuis and I are working on a research project titled “the Emergence Lab”. I specifically am focusing on diet and regenerative agriculture cases. Our project is using primarily case studies to uncover how niche sustainability groups are or are not “breaking through” into more mainstream accepted ideas. The goals of this project is to learn why, how to cause, and what causes sustainable changes to breakthrough into mainstream lives. This is in preparation for the “How Much Meat Should We Eat?” conference at Pace in spring of 2020. I hope to learn more about preventing and overcoming bottlenecks and achieving a well rounded answer on the importance of a meat-free diet on the environment, society, and economy. Considering all of these facets have a lot of overlap when solving a problem that has holds in many different areas, it requires a well rounded solution to it. As well as deciphering the many different facets that this research holds, I would like to supply a greater understanding of intersectionality. I also hope to develop a greater understanding for the systems and institutions that develop these regimes.
With goals this grand and applications being crucial to assist in the environmental advancement there are a few methods that we will have to put in place. With a mix of interviews, primary and secondary research we can uncover the applications of the niche groups into mainstream society and how well it has been achieved. We will do this by addressing actors, their roles and strategies, and also bottlenecks, technological innovations, and institutions. Specifically using case studies to understand how variables affect each situation, we can understand how to capitalize on those situations and avoid previous mistakes. An understanding of what has happened and advancing from it is a primary aspect of prototyping, which is essentially what this research is doing in the abstract sense of the word. This project holds a lot of importance in applying environmental solutions into society, making it part of everyday life.