Sustainable Practices Research Group

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Social Sciences

Abstract

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Publications

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Alan Warde (Author) (2011) Social sciences and sustainable consumption

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Alan Warde (Author) (2012) What sort of a practice is eating?

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Alan Warde (Author) (2010) The elements of the practice of eating

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Alan Warde (Author) (2012) Changing eating habits

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Alan Warde (Author) (2011) Climate change, consumption and practice

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Alan Warde (Author) (2012) Sociology, consumption and habit

 
Description Behaviour change report recommendations and framework has been adopted by the Scottish Government.
First Year Of Impact 2011
Sector Environment
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Behaviour change 
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 Professor Elizabeth Shove gave evidence on behaviour change to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Beyond behaviour : social theory and climate change policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Explores how the ABC (Attitudes, Behaviour, Choice) model influences policy making which in turn impacts upon everyday life. Introduces new theoretical perspectives that reframe some of the sustainability challenges facing our societies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
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 Introduces the ABC model (Attitudes, Behaviour, Choice) that is influencing policy making, resulting in interventions to reorientate everyday life practices. Reflects upon new theoretical perspectives that help to reframe the major sustainability challenges facing our societies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Comparing practices over time and space 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presentation given at 'Studying sustainable practices : methodological challenges and puzzles' workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.sprg.ac.uk/news-events/sprg-events/workshop-studying-sustainable-practices-methodological...
 
Description Consumers' willingness to pay for green energy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Paper presented to the ISW University of Maryland and ETH Energy Economics workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Consumption by proxy : analysing traces of water 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Ways of using various parameters to investigate domestic water use.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Cooling and resilience to heat 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented at the 'Scenarios of future energy vulnerability and resilience under climate change' workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.dur.ac.uk/dei/events/?eventno=8690
 
Description De-centralisation and energy futures 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented as part of an ESRC workshop series on 'Energy and geographies'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Dealing the dirt : innovating ways of disrupting cleanliness practices in peoples everyday lives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Exploring ways of changing practices relating to washing, bathing and showering in domestic situations in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description District heating comes to ecotown : zero carbon housing and the rescaling of energy provision in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Paper presented at "From networked to post-networked urbanism: New infrastructure configurations and urban transitions: International roundtable workshop", July 2012.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Economic growth, prosperity and sustainability : a contradiction? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Introduction:Consumption, Economic Growth and Prosperity'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Energy services and social practice : the dynamics of indoor life, cooling and air conditioning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Seminar paper exploring energy efficiency interventions, technologies and practices in relation to thermal regulation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Energy services and social practices : tracing and explaining the dynamics of indoor life and thermal technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact The pursuit of more sustainable consumption has generated much thinking about the meaning of sustainability, but less about consumption and the constitution of demand that underpins it. Whilst the amount of a significant resource consumed might be a dominant metric, it is not (necessarily) resources themselves that are demanded, rather the services that those resources are enrolled in providing. This is evident in the case of energy, where services such as light, warmth and mobility are accessible both with and without the consumption of energy as electricity or fuel; and where neither electricity or fuel are inherently valued entities beyond the services they provide. Taking a further step, we can position the demand for energy services as a moment in and outcome of a myriad of

routine, changing and interwoven social practices, rather than seeing accessing an energy service, such as warmth, as a practice in and of itself. In this paper I consider these understandings of how energy comes to be consumed through the outcomes of research tracing the use of thermal technologies (for both heating and cooling) in a diversity of non-domestic spaces and settings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Engagement interaction and influence : strategies and challenges for the Sustainable Practices Research Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented as part of an Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation (ISSTI) seminar series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Everyday practice and water : reflections on the upscaling of practice based approaches to water demand in the UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Exploring methods of upscaling practice based approaches within the UK domestic water industry.

In her presentation she will reflect upon the research results of the ARCC-Water and SPRG projects, which were based on theories of practice but included a methodological experiment to 'scale up' these sociological and geographical theoretical approaches to quantitative and mixed methodology. The focus of the presentation will be the 1800 person practice based survey across the south and south-east of England and the analysis of which potentially reveals an alternative approach to 'customer segmentation' that could be applied in the UK Water industry.
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Description Fine dining 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Alan Warde authored this article in the Brazilian technology magazine 'Exame'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Habits? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Given at Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies Event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description How to eat (theoretically) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Sustainable consumption with relation to food practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Keeping cool 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presentation given at a InCluESEV workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Lessons learned from successful and failed cases of technology, behavior and practice change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact National Science Foundation Workshop: Changing the climate: innovation in the built environment for climate change mitigation and adaptation.



Although architecture is conventionally understood to be a fine or applied art designed by singular individuals, that popular misunderstanding is best reframed by a brief analysis of data related to climate change. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the construction and operation of buildings accounted for 38% of CO2 emissions and 38.77% of North America's annual energy consumption in 2006. This amount is twice that contributed by the transportation sector, which the public generally identifies as the primary cause of climate change. Also by DOE's estimate, those percentages will increase to 50.1% and 43% respectively by 2030 (EERE 2006). To make matters even worse, the contribution of the built environment to GHG production jumps to 77% when the consequences of related transportation are added (Architecture 2030). These statistics are put in an urgent context by a Brookings Institution study which projects that by 2030, the U.S. will need a total of approximately 427 billion square feet of built space to accommodate growth (Nelson 2004). About 82 billion of that will be the replacement of existing space and 131 billion will be new space. In other words, by 2030, about half of the buildings in which Americans live, work, and shop will have been built after 2000. If we assume that these projections are even remotely reliable, it suggests that the construction and operation of buildings could ironically become, not a life-enhancing art, but the nation's single largest threat to public health, safety, welfare, and security. In this context the workshop will consider the built world to be a giant eco-socio-technical system (Moore 2007; Coutard 2006) rather than an assemblage of artful artifacts (Fischer 2009; Guy 2000; Guy 2005).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description On eating habits 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Sustainable practices relating to food
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Practice-hunting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Given at 'Studying Sustainable Practices: Methodological Challenges and Puzzles' workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Practices by proxy : climate, consumption and water 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Suggestions for using proxies to determine domestic water consumption. Presentation given at the BSA Climate Change Study Group Event: 'Conceptual and methodological approaches for researching climate change at different societal scales'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Practices by proxy : climate, consumption and water 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Innovative ways of using proxies to establish domestic water consumption This was given at the Living Costs and Food Survey user meeting held at the Royal Statistical Society.

This was given at the Living Costs and Food Survey user meeting held at the Royal Statistical Society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://slideshare.net/ben_anderson/practices-by-proxy-climate-consumption-and-water
 
Description Practices by proxy : climate, consumption and water (and troubles with data) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Paper presented at "Can Climate Change Policies Be Fair?" - Reflections on various approaches for investigating domestic consumption. Presentation given at the Royal Statistical Society, London

Presentation given at the Royal Statistical Society, London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.slideshare.net/ben_anderson/practices-by-proxy-climate-consumption-and-water-and-troubles...
 
Description Proxies of practice : socio-demographics and seasonality in water demand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact CRESI Seminar series
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Public engagement in the low(er) carbon energy system : diversity, materiality, agency 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented at a 'Participation, power and sustainable energy futures' workshop. This was the fourth workshop in the ESRC seminar series 'Critical perspectives on public engagement in science and environmental risk'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL https://www.uea.ac.uk/env/esrcsems/sems/Walker
 
Description Putting policy and intervention into 'practices' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Workshop presentation at "Conceptual and methodological approaches for researching climate change at different societal scales: BSA Climate Change Study Group Event", University of Southampton, March 2012.



This paper explores methodological and conceptual approaches for researching climate change at different societal scales.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Relocation and change in eating habits : a comparative analysis of mixed couples in France and Britain 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact A poster presentation giving the first results and analysis from the 1st case study of the SPRG eating habits project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Retrofitting cooling : air conditioning and the dynamics of the working indoors 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Exploring air conditioning
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Scaling practice : reflections on demand management and climate change research and policy for the UK water industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presentation was given at the 'Beyond Behaviour Change' symposium at RMIT University, Melbourne.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Social practice and the material culture of energy demand 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact This was given as an invited presentation This presentation was given by invitation at the ESIEE Paris, Cite Descates

This presentation was given by invitation at the ESIEE Paris, Cite Descates
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Social sciences and sustainable consumption 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Sustainability is arguably the most pressing political problem of the 21st century, a consequence of climate

change and environmental

degradation and depletion, soon to be exacerbated by a predicted massive

expansion of the world's population. Patterns of personal and household consumption are major

sources of pressure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.helsinki.fi/collegium/english/publications/Collegium_Newsletter_autumn2010.pdf
 
Description Social sciences and sustainable consumption 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Helsinki HUB (Finnish cooperative for furthering social innovation in relation to on contemporary political and environmental issues) sustainable consumption
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Sustainable food consumption : the temporalities of eating practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact ESRC Symposium on Climate Change and Transitions in Practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description The 'everyman' of zero carbon housing : codified carbon performance and the imagined practices of future habitation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Zero carbon homes and predicting future requirements/lifestyles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description The 'everyman' of zero carbon housing : codified carbon performance and the imagined practices of future habitation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Zero carbon housing and the predictions of future needs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description The challenge of making consumption sustainable 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Retarding, mitigating or adapting to climate change will require radical alteration to consumption patterns. A substantial proportion of CO2 emissions are from domestic households, with travel, heating and cooling, and eating the practices with the heaviest footprints. As the economies of India, China, Brazil and Russia expand to incorporate the imperatives of global consumer culture, the aspirations of their populations might be expected to converge with those of the contemporary West.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.uta.fi/yti/en/researchcollegium/news.html?id=53525
 
Description Theories of practice and questions of circulation, diffusion and reproduction : a discussion of global cooling and indoor climate 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Contribution to seminar on 'Geographies of practice'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Tracing the dynamics of air conditioning : transitions, circulations and social practices 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Reflections upon the increasing use of air conditioning
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Water, water everywhere? : opportunities for social science, interdisciplinary, stakeholder engaged research and innovation for demand management 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Exploration of stakeholder engagement within the water industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description World cities and climate change : providing urban ecological security 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Participants in your research or patient groups
Results and Impact Presentation to Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in Rotterdam

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011