Research Interests

My research explores the temporal organisation of social life as it pertains to patterns of everyday consumption that matter for sustainable development and public health.

“When I was alive, I believed – as you do – that time was at least as real and as solid as myself, and probably more so.

I said ‘one o’clock’ as though I could see it, and ‘Monday’ as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year’s Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door.

Now I know that I could have walked through the walls.”

(The Skull in Peter Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, [1968]. Cf. Eviatar Zerubavel’s Hidden Rhythms, [1981] 1985, 43.)

My work draws on various ideas from theories of practice to explore how certain ways of living and consuming take hold, how they become reproduced and how they change. In particular, I focus on the spatial, temporal, and embodied qualities of patterns of doing, living and consuming that impact on environmental sustainability and public health.