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.