Dr Nicola Spurling

Senior Research Associate

Research Overview

My research focuses on how social practices change, and the part that individual lives, institutions, the professions and policy play in these processes. My current focus is on how planning practices make and shape demand for energy and mobility, extending theories of practice to better conceptualise the relationship between professional and ordinary practices. This work is taking me into debates on materiality, temporality and spatiality.

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’m currently a Senior Research Associate in The DEMAND Research Centre at Lancaster University. Previously I worked in 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

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

Differential experiences of time in academic work: how qualities of time are made in practice
Spurling, N. 24/03/2015 In: Time and Society.
Journal article

Interventions in practice: reframing policy approaches to consumer behaviour
Spurling, N., McMeekin, A., Shove, E., Southerton, D., Welch, D. 2015 Sustainable Practices Research Group.
Other report

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

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)