Dr Nicola Spurling

Lecturer in The Theory and Methods of Social Futures

Research Overview

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

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Interventions in practices: sustainable mobility policies in England
Spurling, N., McMeekin, A. 2015 In: Social practices, intervention and sustainability. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.
Working paper

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.
Commissioned report

Sustainable practice
Shove, E., Spurling, N. 2013 In: Sustainable practices. London : Routledge
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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
Chapter (peer-reviewed)