Research Interests

My research explores the temporal organisation of social life and how that matters for contemporary and future ways of living and consuming. I’m interested in how changing patterns of consumption matter for public health and for sustainability.

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Theoretically, I draw on theories of practice (Bourdieu, Giddens, Schatzki, Shove), time (Zerubavel, Southerton), and rhythm (Lefevbre) to explore how certain ways of living and consuming take hold, how they become reproduced, and how they change.

My work develops a unique theoretical approach, especially to institutional change, combining theories of practice with rhythmanalysis to examine how different kinds of institutional organisation (broadly interpreted) make and shape patterns of consumption.

My research is concerned with showing up the ways that activity-organising-features like time, but also space, materiality, and professional responsibility, construct contemporary ways of living and envisaged future ways of consuming. It does so in order to suggest how these might be different. That is, I’m interested in exploring how these features are and might be shaped to enable less resource intensive patterns of consumption and to promote healthy(er?) ways of living.

Substantively, I have developed these ideas through projects on energy and travel demand in hospitals and through writing about public health issues related to smoking.

If you are interested in theories of practice, two resources that I can recommend are The Nexus of Practices website and the Practice Theory Methodologies blog.

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