Dr Allison HuiAcademic Fellow
My research is driven by a curiosity about changes in everyday life in the context of global mobilities of people, objects, and resources. I’m particularly interested in using theories of social practice to understand the dynamics of heterogeneous mobilities, and have studied cases of leisure, tourism, new media art and return migration. As a part of the DEMAND Centre, I work on projects looking at infrastructural adaptations and conceptualizing energy use in everyday life. I also have an interest in developing creative methodological and engagement tools for diverse communities, and will be contributing to this aspect of DEMAND’s work.
As an Academic Fellow, I spend one half of my time doing teaching and administration in the Department of Sociology and the other half working as a researcher within the DEMAND Centre.
For more detailed discussion of past and present research projects, please visit my personal website.
I am teaching a hands-on methodological course for undergraduates (SOCL 201 Skills for researching social life) and a block of Part I Media and Cultural Studies addressing Consumption, culture and communication.
I co-established, curate and contribute to two website/blogs:
1. The Nexus of Practices http://thenexusofpractices.wordpress.com - this site profiles the book that I co-edited with Theodore Schatzki and Elizabeth Shove, which presents new theoretical contributions to theories of practice. It also houses resources related to contemporary theories of practice.
2. Practice Theory Methodologies http://practicetheorymethodologies.wordpress.com - this site, which is co-curated by Hilmar Schaefer and includes blog posts from varied contributors, seeks to provide an online space for propositions, resources and discussions related to methodologies that are developed in conjunction with practice theories.
I am an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Mobilities Research.
PhD Supervision Interests
I would be happy to work with students whose projects relate to my areas of interest, including everyday life; mobilities (including tourism, transport, migration, global networks and circulation); theories of practice; consumption; material objects, cultures and networks; infrastructures and dynamics of energy demand.
Understanding the positioning of 'the electric vehicle consumer': variations in interdisciplinary discourses and their implications for sustainable mobility systems
Hui, A.T. 5/10/2017 In: Applied Mobilities. 17 p.
Concepts and methodologies for a new relational geography of energy demand: social practices, doing-places and settings
Hui, A., Walker, G. 3/10/2017 In: Energy Research and Social Science.
Traces of a mobile field: Ten years of mobilities research
Faulconbridge, J.R., Hui, A.T. 2017 London : Routledge. 174 p. ISBN: 9781138708587.
Traces of a mobile field. Ten years of mobilities research
Faulconbridge, J.R., Hui, A.T. 2017 In: Traces of a mobile field. London & New York : Routledge p. 1-14. ISBN: 9781138708587.
Variation and the intersection of practices
Hui, A. 2017 In: The nexus of practices. Routledge p. 52-67. 16 p. ISBN: 9781138675148, 9781138675155. Electronic ISBN: 9781315560816.
Hui, A., Schatzki, T., Shove, E. 6/12/2016 In: The nexus of practices. London : Routledge p. 1-8. 8 p.
Traces of a mobile field: ten years of mobilities research
Faulconbridge, J., Hui, A. 02/2016 In: Mobilities. 11, 1, 14 p.
The boundaries of interdisciplinary fields: temporalities shaping the past and future of dialogue between migration and mobilities research
Hui, A. 25/01/2016 In: Mobilities. 11, 1, p. 66-82. 17 p.
Networks of home, travel and use during Hong Kong return migration: thinking topologically about the spaces of human–material practices
Hui, A. 10/2015 In: Global Networks. 15, 4, p. 536–552. 17 p.
Hui, A. 2014 In: The Routledge Handbook of Mobilities. London : Routledge ISBN: 9780415667715.
All this talk about lights hides bigger energy challenges
Hui, A., Shove, E. 13/11/2013
School holiday shake up brings unintended consequences
Shove, E., Hui, A., Walker, G. 24/10/2013
Moving with practices: the discontinuous, rhythmic and material mobilities of leisure
Hui, A. 2/09/2013 In: Social and Cultural Geography. 14, 8, p. 888-908. 21 p.
Practices, movement and circulation: implications for sustainability
Hui, A. 03/2013 In: Sustainable practices. London : Routledge p. 89-102. 14 p. ISBN: 978-0-415-54065-0. Electronic ISBN: 978-0-203-07105-2.
Things in motion, things in practices: how mobile practice networks facilitate the travel and use of leisure objects
Hui, A. 2012 In: Journal of Consumer Culture. 12, 2, p. 195-215. 21 p.
Understanding the 'intensive' in 'data intensive research':: Data flows in Next Generation Sequencing and Environmental Networked Sensors
McNally, R., Mackenzie, A., Hui, A., Tomomitsu, J. 2012 In: International Journal of Digital Curation. 7, 1, p. 81-94. 14 p.
Placing nostalgia: the process of returning and remaking home
Hui, A. 05/2011 In: Ecologies of affect. Waterloo : Wilfrid Laurier University Press p. 65-84. 20 p. ISBN: 978-1-55458-258-7.
Many homes for tourism: re-considering spatializations of home and away in tourism mobilities
Hui, A. 1/12/2008 In: Tourist Studies. 8, 3, p. 291-311. 21 p.
DEMAND: Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand
01/05/2013 → 30/04/2019