Conceptualizing the techno-environmental habitus


  • Maria Laura Ruiu Northumbria University
  • Gabriele Ruiu University of Sassari
  • Massimo Ragnedda Northumbria University



This paper conceptualizes the techno-environmental habitus to explore differentiation among media users and their climate change awareness by adopting a dynamic concept that takes into consideration both pre-existing conditions and interactions with the technological field of action. The paper investigates the characteristics of multi-layered dispositions towards climate change in the U.K. through an online survey of a representative sample of the U.K. population (N=1,013). Results show that, despite the predominance of advocacy positions, four different techno-environmental habitus point to a fragmented landscape, but also a “chameleon”, transformative capacity of habitus, given that some common traits are shared by the groups. Beyond the four different patterns related to techno-environmental attitudes, one of the most interesting findings relates to the fatalistic techno-environmental habitus, which presents some traits in common with the scepticism and advocacy approaches but tends to be discouraged with regard to taking action. The identification of the nuances of techno-environmental habitus is relevant for climate change policy implementation because they may facilitate or hinder both individual and collective action.

Author Biographies

Maria Laura Ruiu, Northumbria University

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Science at Northumbria University in Newcastle, U.K.

Gabriele Ruiu, University of Sassari

Research fellow in the Department of Economic and Business Sciences DI at the University of Sassari in Italy

Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria University

Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University in Newcastle, U.K.




How to Cite

Ruiu, M. L., Ruiu, G., & Ragnedda, M. (2021). Conceptualizing the techno-environmental habitus. First Monday, 26(11).