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.
In this paper we focus on the task of understanding and analysing car dependence, using this as a case through which to introduce and explore what we take to be central but underdeveloped questions about how infrastructures and complexes of social practice connect across space and time. I co-authored it with Elizabeth Shove and with Nicola Spurling and it was published in the European Journal of Social Theoryin 2015
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?
In this paper we contend that new approaches are needed to advance knowledge about the social and geographical factors that relate to the diversity of commuter patterns, if policies targeted to specific individuals or places are to be effective. I co-authored it with Robin Lovelace, and with Dimitris Ballas, and it was published in the Journal of Transport Geography in 2014.
In this article we contest narratives of the deskilling of home food provisioning, based on multi-generational research. I co-authored it with Angela Meah and it was published in the online journal Sociological Review Online in 2011.
Drawing on current research about food-related anxieties, this article argues for an expanded understanding of the presence and location of anxiety in the social. It contends that anxiety is usefully conceptualised as collective and distributed, rather than solely as a property or experience of the individual. I co-authored it with Peter Jackson and with Nick Piper and it was published in the European Journal of Cultural Studies in 2013