An Introduction to practice theory and what it means for the study of domestic energy consumption

Energy consumption increasingly permeates every aspect of domestic life in modern industrialised countries. In the UK, for example, domestic energy consumption accounts for over a quarter of total CO2 emissions (Energy saving trust 2012). The availability of cheap on demand electricity has resulted in a fundamental reconfiguration of everyday practices. However, the complexity and interconnectedness associated with these practices presents many challenges for understanding the nature of domestic energy use. One theoretical approach to understanding this complexity and interconnectedness of practices is social practice theory.

In this talk I will outline some general principles associated with social practice theory and the opportunities and challenges it presents for research in to domestic energy consumption.

Date: 
Tuesday, 29 October, 2013 - 12:30 to 14:00
Presenter(s): 
Tom Roberts
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Location: 
26AD03