I have a chapter published in a new book edited by Allison Hui, Rosie Day, and Gordon Walker. Demanding Energy: Space, Time and Change collects research from within and beyond the DEMAND Centre on the dynamics of energy demand and presents this range of contributions and case studies to examine different social processes and dynamics, aspects and issues related to the topic of energy demand.
You can email me for an accepted manuscript (pre-copy-edited version) of my chapter: ‘Reducing demand for energy in hospitals: Opportunities for and limits to temporal coordination’.
My chapter describes some of the ways that demand for energy is made in hospitals, developing an account of energy demand as the outcome of the organisation of the connected working practices that constitute the regular provision of healthcare. It draws on interview data taken from an ethnographic study of institutional rhythms and the organisation of working practices in hospitals to describe how changes in the material arrangements, professional boundaries, and temporalities that underpin hospital life affect the fixity and flexibility of connections between practices in ways that matter for the potential for large institutions to achieve demand side response and to be able to foster the design of new and less resource-intensive ways of working.
This collection has a website with chapter abstracts, author biographies, reviews, and a teaser animation. And you can find open access versions of the introduction and conclusion here.
In DEMAND we have been working hard on two new videos, which are now available online.
The first one introduces key Ideas and Insights from DEMAND:
The second video gives a sense of DEMAND’s research culture and what it has been like to work in the centre:
This research briefing paper was prepared in collaboration with the Institutional Rhythms and Energy Demand Working Group and presented to the Northern England Sustainability and Health Network. It provides ideas and suggests potential opportunities for energy and mobility demand management in the NHS.
The paper examines two examples of ordinary working arrangements that hold in place particular patterns of demand for energy and travel: the first is the discharge process and the second patient transport.
It describes the sequences and synchronisations of the ordinary working activities involved that result in energy-intensive pinch points in ways of working and the boundaries of responsibility that hold them in place. Potential opportunities are identified in reconfigurations that are already taking place in hospitals, that might be adapted and adjusted, to shape patterns and profiles of demand for energy and travel and reduce associated carbon emissions.
With Greg Marsden and Elizabeth Shove, we submitted a response from DEMAND to a Government Consultation on the Industrial Strategy Green Paper.
The consultation was for views on the approach to building a modern industrial strategy that addresses long-term challenges to the UK economy.
We responded to two specific questions:
Q27 What are the most important steps the Government should take to limit energy costs over the long-term?
Q34 Do you agree the principles set out above are the right ones? If not what is missing?
In response, we say that the industrial strategy pays considerable attention to energy systems and infrastructures – but none at all to a symmetrical discussion of demand. We go on to elaborate on how that missing topic might be included, drawing on ideas and research from the DEMAND centre.