The consumption behaviour of the populations of the world's richer societies poses a great challenge to the achievement of environmental sustainability. The programme of the Sustainable Practices Group is designed to enhance the social scientific understanding of how habits in areas of everyday consumption form, reproduce and may be changed.

The Programme will deliver a multi-level analysis of three environmentally-sensitive practices - eating, water-use and sheltering.  It will also conduct a series of action research interventions in stakeholder organisations. Each empirical research project is strategically oriented towards answering central research questions regarding how habits operate, and what are the macro-, meso- and micro- level drivers of change. An inter-disciplinary programme, it focuses on practices, emphasising the importance of collective understandings, routines and habits, and the material and social circumstances which constrain and facilitate sustainable ways of life. It offers fresh perspectives on policy relevant issues of behaviour change.

The Group operates as a consortium with a hub at Manchester and partners at the Universities of Cardiff, Edinburgh, Essex, Lancaster, Leeds, Newcastle, Queens University Belfast and Salford.



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Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Consumption

Editor: Dale Southerton Date: Monday, August 4, 2014 Book

Towards a framework for analysing interactions between social science and environmental policy

Co-author: Sarah Parry Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Working paper

'Researching Social Practice and Sustainability: puzzles and challenges

Co-author: Mark Harvey Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Discussion paper

Change in eating habits: the contribution of new local food infrastructures. The case of a Scottish initiative: Community Food Moray, Morayshire

Co-author: Isabelle Darmon Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Discussion paper

Change in eating habits: the contribution of new local food infrastructures. The case of a French initiative: Le Champ Commun/Le Garde Manger – Augan, Morbihan

Co-author: Isabelle Darmon Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Discussion paper

The performance of practice: An alternative approach to attitudinal and behavioural 'customer segmentation' for the UK Water industry

Co-author: Alison Browne Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Working paper

Patterns of Water: Resource Pack

Co-author: Alison Browne Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Working paper

Transnational transitions: the diffusion and integration of mechanical cooling

Co-author: Gordon Walker Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Journal article

Practices and Trajectories: a comparative analysis of reading in France, Norway, Netherlands, UK and USA

Co-author: Dale Southerton Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Journal article

Temporal rhythms, habits and routines: from consumer behaviour to the temporal ordering of practices

Author: Dale Southerton Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Journal article

The shadowy side of innovation: unmaking and sustainability

Author: Elizabeth Shove Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Journal article

New directions for understanding household water demand

Co-author: Martin Pullinger Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Journal article

Towards a framework for analysing interactions between social science and environmental policy

Co-author: Sarah Parry Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Journal article

(Re-)negotiating access: The politics of researching skills and knowledge for ‘sustainable communities

Co-author: Julie Newton Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Journal article

Understanding transition-periphery dynamics: renewable energy in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Co-author: Joesph Murphy Date: Friday, April 25, 2014 Journal article

Walking a public geography through Ireland and Scotland

Author: Joseph Murphy Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Journal article

Building capacity for low-carbon communities: the role of grassroots initiatives

Co-author: Lucie Middlemiss Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Journal article

The Intermediary Organisation of Low Carbon Cities: a comparative analysis of transitions in Greater London and Greater Manchester

Co-author: Mike Hodson Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Journal article

Moving beyond the alternative: sustainable communities, rural resilience and the mainstreaming of local food

Co-author: Alex Franklin Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Journal article

The entanglement of consumer expectations and (eco) innovation sequences: the case of orange juice

Co-author: Chris Foster Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Journal article

Patterns of practice: A reflection on the development of quantitative/mixed methodologies in capturing everyday life related to water consumption in the United Kingdom

Co-author: Alison Browne Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Journal article

Material culture, room temperature and the social organisation of thermal energy

Co-author: Elizabeth Shove Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Journal article

(Dis)connected communities and sustainable place-making

Co-author: Alex Franklin Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 Journal article

Social Sciences and Sustainability

Co-author: Alan Warde Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Book chapter

Introduction

Co-author: Alan Warde Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Book chapter

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Start date
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
End date
Friday, January 31, 2014
Grant holder
Professor Dale Southerton
Co-applicants
Professor Gordon Walker
Professor Mark Harvey
Professor Simon Guy
Professor Dale Southerton
Dr Andrew McMeekin
Dr Andrew McMeekin
Professor Joseph Murphy
Dr Sarah Parry
Dr William medd
Professor E Shove
Dr Ben Anderson
Grant amount
$1,633,510.18
Grant reference
RES-597-25-0003
Discipline
No Lead Discipline
Grant type