Opening Up the Participation Laboratory – new article in Science, Technology and Human Values

Online here: doi.org/10.1177/0162243917752865

Pre-press version here

This article, lead authored by Anna Krzywoszynska with me along with the rest of the Solar Futures team, engages debates on public participation in ‘upstream’ techno-scientific developments. It draws on the our projects long term participatory process with residents of a small town to envisage energy futures. It is published online today in the journal Science, Technology and Human Values.

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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.

published version – pay wall

an open access version has to wait for a 24 month embargo to pass

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Sustainable consumption and changing practices

book-coverPublished today, the Routledge Handbook of Consumption, edited by Margit Keller, Bente Halkier, Terhi-Anna Wilska and Monica Truninger, includes my chapter on ‘Sustainable consumption and changing practices’. In it I work through different ways in which versions of practice theory can help to understand how to engender sustainable consumption, before considering frontiers of research in the field.  Continue reading “Sustainable consumption and changing practices”

No more meters? A piece on The Conversation with Elizabeth Shove

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From The Conversation, No More Meters – follow links

Imagine never again receiving an energy bill. Instead, you could pay a flat fee for “comfort”, “cleanliness” or “home entertainment” alongside a premium for more energy-demanding TVs, kettles or fridge-freezers. This isn’t the stuff of science fiction – it’s emerging right now. Recent changes in technology and regulation are enabling the development of new ways to provide electricity and gas.

 

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Can the Tour de France help get more people out of their cars and on to bikes?

Re-posted from the Geography Lives blog

The Tour de France is one of the world’s sporting mega-events and its temporary colonisation of the roads of Sheffield will inevitably give cycling an unprecedented profile in the city. Can it, though, be expected to help get more people out of their cars and on to their bikes?

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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.