Redefining Single Use Plastics – new project

I’m part of the very interdisciplinary team on a new £1m project announced today. Together we’re going to be Redefining Single Use Plastics to help tackle the scourge of plastic waste. I’ll be working on understanding the social changes that got us where we are, and that need to happen to get us somewhere better.

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https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/plastic-waste-solutions-how-to-recycle-reduce-use-plastics-sheffield-1.822170

The Change Points Toolkit is online

Great to see the Change Points toolkit online. Thanks to Claire Hoolohan for all the work developing this, working together with Alison Browne who led the Impact Accelerator project that enabled it. The toolkit has developed from ideas and insights produced in the Nexus at Home projects, and represents collaboration with an impressive range of partners in government, regulation, civil society and industry.

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The Change Points Toolkit in online now. It supports users in developing interventions that unlock unsustainable practices so that alternative, less intensive patterns of consumption can emerge. It is not like any existing behaviour change toolkit. Rather than focusing on the individual – ‘the customer’, ‘the user’, ‘the consumer’ – this toolkit aids users to explore possibilities for ambitious, innovative forms of intervention that engage in the social and material fabric of everyday life.

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The water–energy–food nexus at home: New opportunities for policy interventions in household sustainability

Online open access at: https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12257 

A new output from the nexus project work, lead authored by Mike Foden with the rest of the project team, published in The Geographical Journal. This paper contributes to the nascent transdisciplinary research agenda of translating home practices research into wider conceptualisations of “intervention”, with a specific orientation towards academic and non-academic stakeholders who are interested in influencing systems of sustainable consumption and production within, and across, the WEF sectors. Continue reading “The water–energy–food nexus at home: New opportunities for policy interventions in household sustainability”

Discussant at public defence of PhD at Stockholm Business School

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The heavy doors of the old surgery clinic did not reduce the weight of responsibility as we went through them. I’ve done a few jobs as discussant at public PhD thesis defences in Denmark and in Finland, but this was my first in Sweden. Continue reading “Discussant at public defence of PhD at Stockholm Business School”

Interdisciplinarity in Transdisciplinary Projects: Circulating Knowledges, Practices and Effects

A new article in DiSPThe Planning Review I co-authored with Helen Holmes and the rest of the Solar Futures team argues that the emphasis on solving substantive “real-world” problems through interdisciplinary research collaboration can neglect the wider value created by such collaborations.


DOI: 10.1080/02513625.2018.1487646

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Conceptualising and examining connections beyond practices – plenary at BSA workshop

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Practice Theory: Connections and Methodologies was a great mix of talks and activities, reaching from philosophical inquiry – for example on the basis for claims of relationality and contesting ideas of where the action of the social is sited – to collaborative empirical project design. The event was very timely, as empirical work with practice theory increasingly includes recognition of its potential to engage larger social phenomena and processes, by attending to the connections between practices across locales and times. Continue reading “Conceptualising and examining connections beyond practices – plenary at BSA workshop”

Practices and complex system change – talk at EC Joint Research Centre

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The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre is a daunting place to go to deliver a paper. The entrance to the enormous site resembles a border. A row of control cabins, each with an armed guard outside, check every vehicle. Anyone without the necessary permissions goes to a desk to handover ID in return for being checked as an expected visitor. On the way out another armed guard with a german shepherd dog scans your new visitor badge and checks it against your ID again.

My first visit there today was to kick off the two days of panel presentations and discussion at a JRC Exploratory Workshop, Energy Sustainability in the Transition to Renewables: Framings from Social Practices and Complex Systems Theories. The workshop aimed to bring together these two contemporary approaches to see how they could help policy – including through identifying further research needs – to confront the broader societal challenges of moving towards low carbon energy through deployment of renewables.

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