Dr Nicola SpurlingLecturer in The Theory and Methods of Social Futures
My research explores and develops everyday futures and their implications for energy and transport demand, drawing on futures research and social theories of practice. I am interested in how working lives, daily lives and everyday mobility have changed since 1950. My current focus is on how planning practices make and shape demand for energy and mobility, and I have a particular interest in Garden Cities and New Towns as sites for futures research.
I have an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Masters & PhD in Sociology, and my research interests continue to span the social sciences. Much of my research is characterised by innovative methodology, combining historical and contemporary work to study change across temporal and spatial scales.
I previously worked in The DEMAND Research Centre at Lancaster University, and the Sustainable Practices Research Group at the University of Manchester. I studied Sociology at University of Salford (MRes) and University of Lancaster (PhD), and Anthropology at the University of Durham (BA Hons). I have also worked as an educational developer in the academic sector, a researcher in the public sector and business/information analyst in the private sector.
If you are interested in finding out more then visit http://www.nicolaspurling.com
PhD Supervision Interests
Everyday futures, energy and transport demand. Theories of social practice, sociology of time, sociology of the future, sociology of the professions. Studies of working lives, daily lives and everyday transport. Changing professions. Histories of planning. Garden cities and new towns.
Everyday futures: a new interdisciplinary area of research
Kuijer, L., Spurling, N.J. 03/2017 Interactions 22 p.
Qualities of connective tissue in hospital life: how complexes of practices change over time
Blue, S.J., Spurling, N.J. 13/12/2016 In: The nexus of practice. London : Routledge
Everyday futures: essay collection
Spurling, N.J., Kuijer, L. 2016
Grow your own: space, planning, practice and everyday futures of domestic food production
Marcore, E., Spurling, N.J. 2016
Other chapter contribution
Differential experiences of time in academic work: how qualities of time are made in practice
Spurling, N. 11/2015 In: Time and Society. 24, 3, p. 367-389. 23 p.
Conceptualising connections: energy demand, infrastructures and social practices
Shove, E., Watson, M., Spurling, N. 08/2015 In: European Journal of Social Theory. 18, 3, p. 274-287. 14 p.
Demand by design: how our infrastructures and professions shape what we do
Spurling, N.J. 2015 In: Sustainability. Cambridge, UK. : Global Sustainability Institute, ARU p. 10-17. 8 p.
Interventions in practices: sustainable mobility policies in England
Spurling, N., McMeekin, A. 2015 In: Social practices, intervention and sustainability. London : Routledge
Entities, performances and interventions
Spurling, N.J. 2014
Other chapter contribution
The Relationship Between (Practice) Theory and Policy Intervention: An in-progress framework
Spurling, N.J. 2014 Lancaster : DEMAND Centre, 9 p.
Interventions in practice: reframing policy approaches to consumer behaviour
Spurling, N.J., McMeekin, A., Southerton, D., Shove, E.A., Welch, D. 2013 Sustainable Practices Research Group. 56 p.
Shove, E., Spurling, N. 2013 In: Sustainable practices. London : Routledge
Sustainable practices: social theory and climate change
Shove, E., Spurling, N. 2013 London : Routledge. 224 p. ISBN: 9780415540650.
Research strategies: ‘capital’ and the goods of social science research
Spurling, N. 2012 In: Tribes and territories in the 21st century. London : Routledge
Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT
Research and Teaching at External Organisation
Commission on Travel Demand
Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
Workshop 'Dwelling in the Utopian Everyday'
Co-curated a Mobile Utopia Stall at the Utopia Fair, Somerset House
Discussant at Symposium 'Reconfiguring Everyday Practices for a Post-Carbon World'
Membership of peer review panel or committee
'If the Walls Could Talk', Stevenage Museum, ESRC Festival of Social Science
Exploring the Peaks: Energy demand and the changing rhythms of daily life
Tesla's technocars are the right answer to the wrong question, The Conversation
Media article or participation
Sustainability|Social Practices|Policy: An Exhibition of Ideas and Panel Debate