Challenges and opportunities for re-framing resource use policy with social practice theories: The Change Points approach

Published today in Global Environmental Change and available open access here

Can practice theory make a difference to policy? In this article, we contribute to a vexed debate on that question.

We draw on our learning from a series of projects working in collaboration with key policy partners to bring evidence from practice research to inform policy on reducing resource consumption in the home, and development and application of a workshop methodology for rethinking policy challenge, the Change Points approach.

We argue that, with close engagement with policy professionals and their collective practices, it is possible to provide a partial and pragmatic but nevertheless effective translation of key distinctive insights from practice theories and related research, to reframe policy problems and hence to identify spaces for effecting change for sustainability.

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Transforming innovation for decarbonisation? Insights from combining complex systems and social practice perspectives

Co-authored with an international crowd, led by Nicola Labanca and Ângela Guimarães Pereira, of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, this article explores the tensions and potential common ground between practice theory and complex systems approaches, in relation to innovations for decarbonisation.

Labanca, N., Pereira, Â.G., Watson, M., Krieger, K., Padovan, D., Watts, L., Moezzi, M., Wallenborn, G., Wright, R., Laes, E. and Fath, B.D., 2020. Transforming innovation for decarbonisation? Insights from combining complex systems and social practice perspectives. Energy Research & Social Science65, p.101452.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101452

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The water–energy–food nexus at home: New opportunities for policy interventions in household sustainability

Online open access at: https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12257 

A new output from the nexus project work, lead authored by Mike Foden with the rest of the project team, published in The Geographical Journal. This paper contributes to the nascent transdisciplinary research agenda of translating home practices research into wider conceptualisations of “intervention”, with a specific orientation towards academic and non-academic stakeholders who are interested in influencing systems of sustainable consumption and production within, and across, the WEF sectors. Continue reading “The water–energy–food nexus at home: New opportunities for policy interventions in household sustainability”

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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Lessons from a local history of domestic heating in the UK

Open access available here

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.

Open access available here

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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

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Co-producing energy futures: the impacts of participatory modelling

Open access here

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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