Cooking up consumer anxieties about ‘provenance’ and ‘ethics’. Why it sometimes matters where foods come from in domestic provisioning

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This paper draws upon qualitative and ethnographic data to explore why and how it sometimes matters where food comes from. What emerges is an expanded and problematized practical understanding of provenance, where concerns for the point of origin is generally inseparable from, and subsumed within, a broader range of ethical concerns about where food comes from. I co-authored it with Angela Meah and it was published in the journal Food, Culture and Society in 2013.

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Food Words: essays in culinary culture

fwFood Words is a series of provocative essays on some of the most important keywords in the emergent field of food studies, focusing on current controversies and on-going debates. Along with other members of the team on the CONANX project and under the leadership of Peter Jackson, I authored a number of the essays. It was published by Bloomsbury in 2013.

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Food and waste: negotiating conflicting social anxieties into the practices of provisioning

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This paper engages the problem of food waste in the home, arguing that it needs to be understood as the fallout of the organisation of everyday life. I authored it with Angela Meah and it was published in Sociological Review Monograph in 2013.

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The stewardship of things: Property and responsibility in the management of manufactured goods

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In this article we argue that understanding of embedded practices of material responsibility at the household scale can both reinvigorate the concept of product stewardship as a potentially radical intervention. I co-authored it with Ruth Lane and it was published in the journal Geoforum in 2012.

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How theories of practice can inform transition to a decarbonised transport system

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Journal of Transport Geography 2012.

In this article, I explore the potential of theories of practice to inform the socio-technical transition required to adequately decarbonise the UK transport system. It develops the concept of ‘systems of practice’ to better enable practice theory to deal with broader processes of change.

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The Dynamics of Social Practice

dospWritten with Elizabeth Shove and Mika Panztar and published by Sage in 2012. In this book, we set out to develop practice theory in ways which help it be applicable to researching and understanding how everyday life changes. In developing concepts for working with the different ways in which practices relate to each other, it shows how changes in everyday life are inseparable from broader processes of social change.

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