Current research projects include:
i) Co-I with Monika Buscher on a theme of ‘Social Acceptance and Societal Readiness’ in the £1.2m EPSRC DecarboN8 network plus 2019-2022. This project develops networks for place-based rapid decarbonisation of transport across the North of England and seeks to establish the North as being ‘open for innovation’ for transformation.
ii) A Leverhulme Material Social Futures studentship cited below, will examine how future batteries are conceptualised by material scientists working on new energy materials, in contrast to the possible and preferable mobility futures that batteries might have. This position will be advertised soon, please get in touch if interested.
In previous work I looked at the relationship between planning practices (past and present) and patterns of energy and transport demand. If you are interested in this work then visit my pages on Demand by design and Adapting infrastructures.
I was involved in exploring the implications of theories of practice for understanding policy and social change. If you are interested in this work then you can read about it in Sustainable practices and Seatbelts history.
My PhD ‘Authors of our own lives?‘ explored how everyday work and careers of sociologists have changed across different eras of university reform. I explored theories of structure, agency and practice in this context, and contributed to debates on producer/consumer authority and time famine/time squeeze.
I have also researched the social situation of International students, contributing to debates about student consumers in fee paying contexts.