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One person households - a resource time bomb?

3 December 2008


Dr Joanna Williams (UCL Bartlett School of Planning)

In the western world there is a trend towards the growth of small households, especially one-person households. In resource terms, one-person households are likely to consume more land, energy, goods and materials per person than those living in larger households. Thus an increase in one-person households is likely to dramatically accelerate domestic consumption of resources over the next twenty years. This lecture demonstrates the scale of the problem internationally and in the UK.  It also investigates innovative solutions to the problem in the UK.

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