Keynote on power at ‘Moving Practice Forward’ workshop

I had a fantastically generative time discussing my ideas on how to tackle power through practice theory as a keynote speaker for this year’s Warwick Advanced Workshop on Practice Based Studies. Based on my chapter, I spoke over a 2.5 hour session. It was though far from a monologue; I never talked for long without another well informed and apposite intervention from this group of critically engaged scholars. Questions and critique came from the wide range of perspectives and approaches represented at this international event. Continue reading “Keynote on power at ‘Moving Practice Forward’ workshop”

Lessons from a local history of domestic heating in the UK

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Published online today by Energy Research and Social Science

This article, which I co-authored with Dr Lenneke Kuijer, uses detailed analysis of historical change across infrastructures and practices reveals processes underpinning increasing demand for heat in UK homes. It draws on archive work, oral histories and focus groups as part of our work with the DEMAND research centre. Highlighting how phenomena including spatial differentiation within the home, processes of automation and the emergence of novel practice fuelled demand for heat, it demonstrates how a focus on patterns of practice reveals new insights into energy demand, including new insights for contemporary energy policy.

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International Development Masters Field Class to Nepal

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Dawn walk up Siddalekh

Home after my first time as leader of my department’s Nepal field class, and its been great. Leading a group of two dozen Masters students from around the world to visit first Kathmandu then rural Dhading district, with excellent teams of staff from Sheffield and from Nepal, makes for a challenging but deeply rewarding experience. Continue reading “International Development Masters Field Class to Nepal”

Inaugurating village water scheme in Nepal

jb mw turning the tapWith Julie Balen from Scharr, I was guest of honour at the inauguration of a new water scheme in Pokharigaun village in Dhading District, Nepal. The village gave a wonderful welcome to University of Sheffield students and staff to the official inauguration of a water scheme, which is saving the people there hours of work carrying water up the hill from the spring. Julie and I, returning to Dhading for the first time since 2015 to staff the Masters Nepal field class, were representing the University of Sheffield Friends of Nepal group. The water scheme was funded by a donation to Focus Nepal by the group, from funds raised by the group of students and staff immediately following the devastating 2015 earthquake. Continue reading “Inaugurating village water scheme in Nepal”

Sustainability in turbulent times, Westminster conference

Represented the project team at this engaging conference

Reshaping The Domestic Nexus

Just over the Thames from Parliament, the project was featured at Sustainability in Turbulent Times. This major event, attended by around 350 and featuring a range of high profile speakers, was the culmination of the work of the ESRC funded Nexus Network. In a wide ranging programme, we covered issues around the challenges and opportunities of pursuing change towards sustainability in light of contemporary political and economic changes and what they represent.

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Commission on travel demand in Leeds

Engaging discussion on understanding travel demand and the possibilities for anticipating it’s futures in Leeds today. Flattered to be one of a great, diverse selection of speakers at this inaugural meeting of the Commission, at the Institute of Transport Studies. The mix of people, from policy and third sector as well as from across academic disciplines and approaches made for varied positives and productive differences. Discussion showed the commissioners have their work cutout, but also plenty of ideas and evidence to work with.

Theorising Mobility Transitions

full-transfers_coverThis article, which I co-authored with Cristina Temenos, Anna Niklaeva, Tim Schwanen, Tim Cresswell, Frans Sengers and Mimi Sheller is published today. It arises from a great panel session at the Annual Congress of the American Association of Geographers, at San Francisco last year.

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