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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Gala fun at Lancaster University

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Representatives of the 6 End Use Energy Demand (EUED) Research Centres funded by the UK Energy Research programme gathered in Lancaster to share research learning. I was there as part of the DEMAND centre, which was hosting the event. There’s a report of the event here and materials including presentations are here.

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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”

Products and Practices: Selected Concepts from Science and Technology Studies and from Social Theories of Consumption and Practice

Free access pdf here

I co-authored this article, published in Design Issues with Jack Ingram and Elizabeth Shove. In it we introduce to design scholars approaches and concepts from consumption studies, practice approaches and STS that can help approach the recursive relations between product design and consumer practices.