Transitions in practice: climate change and everyday life

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Sociology

Abstract

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Publications

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Description Beyond behaviour : social theory and climate change policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact In the UK and in other countries too, environmental policy makers are increasingly interested in the potential for mitigating and adapting to the challenges of climate change by persuading people to adopt more environmentally friendly ways of life. Campaigns focusing on individual attitudes, behaviours and choices are much in vogue. One problem is that such initiatives rest on a very limited understanding of how the social world is organised and how it changes. In this presentation Professor Shove will explore other ways of conceptualising the dynamics of daily life and the patterns of consumption that follow. The suggestion that people consume energy, water and other natural resources in the course of accomplishing social practices - for example, showering, commuting, eating, etc. - provides the starting point for a more detailed discussion of how more and less environmentally problematic practices come into being, and how they are carried and reproduced. This begs further questions about how environmental policy influences the dynamics of social practice and about the potential for deliberate intervention at this scale. She will conclude by reflecting on the role and relevance of social theory and the challenges involved in putting 'practice' into environmental policy.

Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University in England. She has recently completed a climate change leadership fellowship on "Transitions in Practice: Climate Change and Everyday Life", funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

As part of the Transitions in Practice fellowship she produced and directed an 'Extraordinary Lecture on how the social sciences can help climate change policy' - available as an online film, and an accompanying exhibition of ideas also available here.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Beyond behaviour : social theory and climate change policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This is a free seminar hosted by the Centre for Design and the Sustainable Urban Regional Futures (SURF) Program, Global Cities Research Institute. Professor Elizabeth Shove is a pre-eminent sociologist who has dedicated her career to studying everyday life, inconspicuous consumption, and social change. In her most recent three year UK Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) fellowship, Transitions in practice: Climate change and everyday life, Elizabeth engaged UK academics, policy makers and program deliverers in understanding and rethinking this major social and environmental challenge from new theoretical perspectives. In this presentation, Elizabeth will outline the pervasive ABC - Attitudes, Behaviour, Choice - model permeating policy making and program delivery, and introduce new theoretical perspectives that reframe the major sustainability challenges of our time. She will provide novel examples of how everyday life is changing, how policy makers are already intervening, and how they might seek to reorient normal ways of life. Elizabeth has published and (co)authored many books, including Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience (2003), Infrastructures of Consumption (2005), The Design of Everyday Life (2007), Time, Consumption and Everyday Life (2009), Comfort in a Lower Carbon Society (2009), and The Dynamics of Social Practice (2012). The presentation will be introduced by Dr Yolande Strengers, a SURF researcher based in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, where she leads the Beyond Behaviour Change research area. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion led by SURF Research Leader, Professor Ralph Horne, Director of Research and Innovation, College of Design and Social Context. Elizabeth Shove's travel is supported by an RMIT Foundation International Visiting Fellowship.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Beyond the ABC : how social science can help climate change policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented at New Zealand Climate Change Centre workshop "Degrees of Possiblity: igniting social knowledge around climate change"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Climate change and everyday life : theories of practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited lecture at Wageningen Agricultural University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Concepts and paradigms of change in environmental policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact An analysis of recent environmental policy in term of how social change is framed and understood.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Conceptualising transitions in practice : energy, everyday life and climate change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited lecture to the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Consumption and practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited contribution to a workshop on smart grids and energy demand
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Conventions of comfort, cooling and the indoor climate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited lecture, Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Cooling and comfort 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited lecture, Univeresity of Western Sydney
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Designing household energy practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact VLB Brussels workshop on household energy practices
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Energy and everyday life 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited lecture, University of Cardiff public lecture series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Energy and social science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Co-organised; presented and ran half day workshop on energy and social science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Energy transitions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop in preparation for an edited collection on Energy Transitions, edited by Loorbach and Verbong
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description How people use and misuse buildings 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited lecture to an ESRC/TSB event - generated text for ESRC policy briefing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description How to put society into climate change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited lecture, BSA presidential debate on climate change
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Laundry and cleanliness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview on Woman's hour, Radio 4.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Smart grids, consumers, and changing systems of social practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Lecture on societal and policy dimension of Smart Grids
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Social science, consumption and climate change policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited keynote lecture, Institute of Social Sciences, Lisbon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Social theory and climate change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and workshop for various departments at the Victorian Government, Melbourne - interdepartmental seminar series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Sustainable practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited lecture to one day event on 'Changing Behaviour', University of Newcastle
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Sustainable practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited roundtable discussion
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Sweat and cool 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited lecture to the 'Science and Justice' Group UC Santa Cruz
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description The material culture of room temperature 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Contribution to workshop on material culture, University of Nottingham.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description The uses and users of social science : a critical discussion of policy relevance 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented at seminar on 'Mobilising Swedish social science research on sustainability'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Theories of practice and questions of circulation, diffusion and reproduction 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Contribution to workshop on theories of practice, Sheffield University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Transitions and end user practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Lecture and keynote presentation at the final conference of the Dutch KSI programme, Rotterdam.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Transitions in practice : climate change and everyday lIfe 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Distinguished professor lecture
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Transitions in practice : consumption and climate change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited visiting professor lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Transitions in practice, consumption and indoor climate change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited public lecture on consumption at the University of Lisbon
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Written evidence from Professor Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University (BC 45) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Written evidence was given by Professor Elizabeth Shove to the Science and Technology Select Committee
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.parliament.uk/documents/lords-committees/science-technology/behaviourchange/BCOralandWrit...