Lessons from a local history of domestic heating in the UK

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Published online today by Energy Research and Social Science

This article, which I co-authored with Dr Lenneke Kuijer, uses detailed analysis of historical change across infrastructures and practices reveals processes underpinning increasing demand for heat in UK homes. It draws on archive work, oral histories and focus groups as part of our work with the DEMAND research centre. Highlighting how phenomena including spatial differentiation within the home, processes of automation and the emergence of novel practice fuelled demand for heat, it demonstrates how a focus on patterns of practice reveals new insights into energy demand, including new insights for contemporary energy policy.

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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.

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Co-producing energy futures: the impacts of participatory modelling

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This paper shows that collaborative visioning of local energy systems can enhance social learning and social capital of communities. I co-authored it with Anna Krzywoszynska and with Alastair Buckley, Hugh Birch, Prue Chiles, Jose Maywin, Helen Holmes and Nicky Gregson. It was published in the journal Building Research and Information in 2016

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Conceptualising connections: energy demand, infrastructures and social practices

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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

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A spatial microsimulation approach for the analysis of commuter patterns: from individual to regional levels

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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.

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Saints and slackers: challenging discourses about the decline of domestic cooking

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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.

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Locating anxiety in the social

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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

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