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 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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Practice Matters! Geographical inquiry and theories of practice

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This article develops an outline agenda for bringing theories of practice, and particularly Schatzki’s ‘site ontology’, together with geographical inquiry. We elucidate this agenda through consideration of three contemporary preoccupations in human geography, comprising emotion, materiality and knowledge. I co-authored it with Jonathan Everts and Matthias Lahr and it was published in the journal Erdkunde in 2011.

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Assessing the energy implications of replacing car trips with bicycle trips in Sheffield, UK

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In this paper we generate scenarios for increasing the cycling rate in Sheffield between 2010 and 2020, through the novel application of a simple model, borrowed from population ecology. I co-authored it with Robin Lovelace and with Stephen Beck and Andy Wild, and it was published in the journal Energy Policy in 2011.

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