[csaa-forum] UQ CCCS Public Lecture on Social Theory and Climate Change Policy: Prof Elizabeth Shove: Thursday 8th November @ 5.30pm

Rebecca Ralph r.ralph at uq.edu.au
Mon Oct 15 11:37:17 CST 2012


Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies
Public Lecture Invitation

[http://cccs.uq.edu.au/images/events/dospcover.jpg]<http://cccs.uq.edu.au/shove-lecture>Beyond Behaviour - Social Theory and Climate Change Policy

Professor Elizabeth Shove
(Lancaster University)

Thursday 8 November, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Social Sciences and Humanities Library Conference Room,
Level 1, Duhig Building (No. 2),<http://www.library.uq.edu.au/ssah/duhig/ds1.html>
St Lucia Campus (Map<http://www.uq.edu.au/maps/index.html?menu=1&id=69>)

In this presentation, Professor Shove will outline the pervasive ABC - Attitudes, Behaviour, Choice - model permeating policy making and program delivery, and introduce new theoretical perspectives that reframe the major sustainability challenges of our time. She will provide novel examples of how everyday life is changing, how policy makers are already intervening, and how they might seek to reorient normal ways of life.

In the UK and in other countries too, environmental policy makers are increasingly interested in the potential for mitigating and adapting to the challenges of climate change by persuading people to adopt more environmentally friendly ways of life. Campaigns focusing on individual attitudes, behaviours and choices are much in vogue. One problem is that such initiatives rest on a very limited understanding of how the social world is organised and how it changes. In this presentation Professor Shove will explore other ways of conceptualising the dynamics of daily life and the patterns of consumption that follow. The suggestion that people consume energy, water and other natural resources in the course of accomplishing social practices - for example, showering, commuting, eating, etc. - provides the starting point for a more detailed discussion of how more and less environmentally problematic practices come into being, and how they are carried and reproduced. This begs further questions about how environmental policy influences the dynamics of social practice and about the potential for deliberate intervention at this scale.  She will conclude by reflecting on the role and relevance of social theory and the challenges involved in putting 'practice' into environmental policy.
Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University in England. She is a member of the Sustainable Practices Research Group and has recently completed a climate change leadership fellowship on "Transitions in Practice: Climate Change and Everyday Life", both funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Elizabeth's publications include Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience (2003), Infrastructures of Consumption (2005), The Design of Everyday Life (2007), Time, Consumption and Everyday Life (2009), Comfort in a Lower Carbon Society (2009), and most recently The Dynamics of Social Practice (2012).  As part of the Transitions in Practice fellowship she produced and directed an 'Extraordinary Lecture on how the social sciences can help climate change policy' - available as an online film, and an accompanying exhibition of ideas also available here<http://www.lancs.ac.uk/staff/shove/transitionsinpractice/tip.htm>.


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