Exploring the influence of cultural background on first and second generation migrants’ use of energy and water in the home

Australia has a unique demographic profile, with one in four people being born overseas. These diverse cultural backgrounds will influence how households view and make use of resources like energy and water. This diversity implies that programs based on ‘typical’ Australian lifestyles may be inappropriate for those with different heritage.

This project explores how established migrant families in Sydney and Melbourne conceptualise waste, energy and water in the context of their everyday lives. Findings will potentially inform sustainability programs and policies aimed at reducing household consumption.


Start By 1 September 2009
Completed By 1 January 2011
Funding RMIT Research Support

Researcher(s) Cecily Maller
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia