Dr Nicola Spurling

Lecturer in The Theory and Methods of Social Futures

Research Overview

CURRENT TEACHINGSOCL 200 Understanding Social Thought

SOCL 315 Sociology of the Future

SOCL 919 Research Projects in Practice: From Design to Dissemination


My current research focusses on the potential contributions of theories of practice to futures thinking. In previous projects I have explored how working lives, daily lives and everyday mobility have changed since 1950, and the role of infrastructures, institututions and individual lives in such processes. At present I am interested in the insights that such analyses offer to futures thinking in domains of energy and travel demand, and the future university.

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.

If you are interested in finding out more then visit http://www.nicolaspurling.com

Matters of time: Materiality and the changing temporal organisation of everyday energy consumption
Spurling, N.J. 4/05/2018 In: Journal of Consumer Culture. 18 p.
Journal article

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)