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.

The evidence-policy gap | seminar contribution | London

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Reshaping The Domestic Nexus

The challenges of getting evidence and ideas from research into policy was the focus of a workshop at the Friends Meeting House in London today. Matt Watson presented on some of the basis of the Reshaping the Domestic Nexus project as a contribution to a rich afternoon’s discussion, which went well beyond the usual prescriptions of how to engage policy audiences. The Evidence-Policy Gap was the final event in a series of 9 funded by the ESRC on Behaviour Change, and organised by Fiona Spotswood from the University of West England.

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Can practice theory help to effect social change?

new-pub-imageI had a great time at the New Practices for New Publics workshop in Sheffield today. I shared the speaker list with David Evans and with Margit Keller, and was first in neat run of three talks taking different approaches to reflecting on practice theory and its capacity to inform processes of governing to effect positive social change. The three talks were followed by a lively discussion, with the three of us fielding some testing and at time trenchant questioning in productive ways. The workshop was the fourth in an ESRC funded series of events designed to bring together cutting edge thinking in social science with the experiences of civil society organisations, especially those in the community and voluntary sector.

There’s a video of my presentation here and my slides are available here

Urban integration and the nexus

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I contributed to a panel at a research conference in Sheffield on 13th September, drawing together diverse perspectives on the chaotic and contested notion of urban integration. The panel was organised by Simon Marvin, Director of the Urban Institute, and pulled together researchers from across the Faculty of Social Sciences at Sheffield. I aimed to critically engage the ways ‘nexus’ fits into and is appropriated to imaginaries of urban integration.

AAG in San Francisco

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Dawn over the streetcar lines, on a morning run out to the Golden Gate Bridge

My first time at the global geographer’s annual jamboree, thanks to an invitation to contribute to a panel on Theorizing Mobility Transitions: Scales, Sites and Struggles, with Mimi Sheller, Tim Cresswell and Tim Schwanen. As I was headed over, I also co-organised a paper session with Rachel Macrorie, Reimagining ‘smart’ and low-carbon urbanism.

Exploring the Cultural Politics of Urban Mobility in Munich

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Meeting was in Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum, fascinating, including display of all the innovations that were out there for bicycles before the pneumatic tyre

Great trip to Munich, thanks to an invitation to talk at the meeting of the Cultural Politics of Urban Mobility network.