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Demand Seminar: Yolande Strengers; Pet care practises and the practises of pets

Date: 7 May 2014 Time: 4.00-6.00 pm

Venue: FASS Meeting Room 7

There are more pets living in Australia than people, and most of them stay at home during the day. However, the energy implications of household pets have received relatively little attention in research, policy and demand management programs. This is concerning given there is an emerging trend towards more energy-intensive entertainment, bathing, eating, heating and cooling practices for 'stay-at-home' pets. In this talk, Yolande Strengers will outline some of the ways in which the practices of Australian pets and their owners are changing. She will explore this issue from two angles; discussing both the changing pet care practices of people and the changing practices of pets. Contrary to dominant conceptualisations of agency and change, Yolande will outline how humans and nonhuman pets mutually adapt to (and resist) each other's changing practices. She will conclude by offering some suggestions regarding what this means for future energy demand and attempts to change it.

Yolande Strengers, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne

Yolande Strengers is a Visiting Researcher at the DEMAND Centre and a Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, Australia, in the school of Global Urban and Social Studies. Her research is clustered around a series of applied research projects focused on how 'smart' technologies are being integrated into everyday and professional life.At RMIT's Centre for Urban Research, Yolande co-leads the Beyond Behaviour Change Research Program. She has recently published a book on 'Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

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