Practice Theory and Public Health
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The Getting Things Changed project is based at Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol, and is led by Val Williams. It examines underlying inequalities in the dynamics of everyday practices. Its aim is to improve the experiences of disabled people by developing new socio-theoretical resources that can be used to frame and tackle disabling practices. (Funded by ESRC.)
This project was part of the DEMAND centre and examined the timings of working practices and related patterns of travel and energy use in three large acute hospitals. As part of the project, I worked with healthcare professionals to identify new ideas and opportunities for energy and mobility demand management in the NHS. (Funded by DEMAND centre, EPSRC, and Lancaster University.)
My Ph.D. thesis was a theoretical-methodological analysis of the sociological and philosophical concept of everyday practice. Through a critical engagement with a number of key authors and perspectives, I challenged ‘common sense’ and more conventional understandings of practice, approaches based on familiar and longstanding dualities such as: subject and object, knowledge and practice, body and mind / consciousness, identity and difference, continuity and change, time and space. Through explorations of specific and exemplary ‘lived’ experiences, I advocated a series of conceptual elements which I argued move beyond those obsolete oppositions, and that combine them in a radically reconfigured understanding. In the thesis, I argue for practice as situated doing and as change in terms of rhythm conceived as both repetition and difference. (Funded by ESRC.)