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Professor Elizabeth Shove

Professor Elizabeth Shove

Professor

Bowland North
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YN


Tel: +44 1524 510013
Location: DEMAND Centre/Department of Sociology, D19, FASS Building, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YD

Affiliations

CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research
Centre for Science Studies

My recent research has been about how social practices change and about the implications of these dynamics for everyday life, energy demand and climate change. Previous work has explored aspects of consumption, design and material culture and changing conventions of comfort, cleanliness and convenience. I am interested in extending the range of social theory that is used in public policy. See my personal web page for links to publications and projects.

PhD Supervision Interests

Research students welcome on topics relating to social theories of practice;  infrastructures and institutions of everyday consumption, climate change and issues of energy and water demand; design, materiality,  technology studies and research policy.

Research Interests

See my personal web page for recent publications and details of past and present projects.

 

I came to Lancaster in 1995 as deputy director of the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and was director of the Centre for Science Studies for a couple of years before joining the Sociology Department in 2000. My current research interests have to do with the relation between consumption, everyday practice and ordinary technology. I am co-director of DEMAND, an EPSRC/ESRC funded research centre on the Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand.  DEMAND starts in May 2013 and runs for 5 years. 

 

Recent research includes:

Transitions in Practice - an  ESRC funded Climate Change Leadership Fellowship that ran from 2008-2012. Follow the link for more details, including the film of the extraordinary lecture on how the social sciences can help climate change policy.  The Dynamics of Social Practice (Sage 2012) was partly based on this work. 

Sustainable Practices Research group - I am on the management team of the SPRG (2010-2013), and involved with three projects in the group: keeping cool,interaction and engagement, and theoretical development and integration.

The Design of Everyday Life (Berg2007) is based on 'Designing and Consuming: objects, practices and processes'. This project, undertaken with Matt Watson at Durham University and Jack Ingram at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, exploits the potential for theoretical development at the interface of science and technology studies, design and the sociology of consumption. This projectwas funded by the ESRC's Cultures of Consumption programme.

The choreography of everyday life - a collaborative project with Mika Pantzar at the National Consumer Research Centre, Helsinki, Finland. We have written about a range of different topics - Nordic Walking, Kitchen rationalisation, Floorball, Plastic, Heart Rate Meters and more. The link will take you to a series of web pages outlining some of our ideas, many of which feature in the Dynamics of Social Practice (2012).

Interactive Agenda Setting in the Social Sciences: A programme of six research workshops on non-academic concerns and academic research agendas was funded by the ESRC. The web site includes background papers and reports on interactive agenda setting and: disciplines, centres, interdisciplinarity and research programmes.

Traces of Water, with Will Medd, was funded by the UK Water Industry Research Association. This project brings sociological ideas about practice and technology to bear on domestic water consumption.The web site includes details of a programme of research workshops.

Manufacturing Leisure (2005), an electronic book, edited with Mika Pantzar, which examines innovations in fun. Together, the chapters show how consumers and producers are continuously and actively involved in integrating, inventing and reproducing specific combinations of ideologies, materials and forms of competence of which leisure practices are formed.

Future Comforts, with Heather Chappells, examined future expectations of comfort and the indoor environment (funded by the ESRC's Environment and Behaviour Programme.). The future comforts web site includes a selection of papers and a bibliography of social scientific work on thermal comfort.

Sustainable Domestic Technologies with Alan Warde and Dale Southerton at Manchester University, is about the design and use of kitchens and bathrooms and is funded by the ESRC's Sustainable Technologies Programme.

Consumption, Everyday Life and Sustainability a five-year programme of workshops, exchanges and summer schools onconsumption, everyday life and sustainability" (funded by the European Science Foundation).

Current Teaching

I currently teach "Research Projects in Practice", an MA Module in which students undertake a small-scale research project from start to finish during the course of the term. This is also available through the Faculty Research Training Programme.

During 2012-2013 I am running a programme of "Craft Skills" workshops open to Masters and PhD students.

Selected Publications

The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday life and how it changes

Shove, E., Pantzar, M. & Watson, M. 22/05/2012 London: Sage. 191 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2014

Material culture, room temperature and the social organisation of thermal energy

Shove, E., Walker, G. & Brown, S. 06/2014 In: Journal of material culture. 19, 2, p. 113-124 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Transnational transitions: the diffusion and integration of mechanical cooling

Shove, E., Walker, G. & Brown, S. 05/2014 In: Urban Studies. 51, 7, p. 1506-1519 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Putting practice into policy: reconfiguring questions of consumption and climate change

Shove, E. 2014 In: Contemporary Social Science. 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Habits and their creatures

Shove, E. 2012 The habits of consumption. Warde, A. & Southerton, D. (eds.). Helsinki: Collegium, Vol. 12, p. 100-113 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Comfort and Convenience: Temporality and Practice

Shove, E. 2012 The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption. Trentmann, F. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 289-306 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Energy Transitions in Practice: The Case of Global Indoor Climate Change

Shove, E. 2012 Governing the Energy Transition: Reality, Illusion or Necessity?. Verbong, G. & Loorbach, D. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 51-74 24 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The shadowy side of innovation: unmaking and sustainability

Shove, E. 04/2012 In: Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. 24, 4, p. 345-362 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Dynamics of Social Practice: Everyday life and how it changes

Shove, E., Pantzar, M. & Watson, M. 22/05/2012 London: Sage. 191 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2011

On the difference between chalk and cheese-a response to Whitmarsh et al's comments on "Beyond the ABC: climate change policy and theories of social change"

Shove, E. 02/2011 In: Environment and Planning A. 43, 2, p. 262-264 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Disruption and change: drought and the inconspicuous dynamics of garden lives.

Chappells, H., Medd, W. & Shove, E. 2011 In: Social and Cultural Geography. 12, 7, p. 701-715 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Makeshift users

McHardy, J., Wolf Olsen, J., Southern, J. & Shove, E. 2010 Design Research: Synergies from interdisciplinary perspectives. Simonsen, J., Ole Baerenholdt, J., Büscher, M. & Damm Scheuer, J. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 95-108 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Understanding innovation in practice: a discussion of the production and re-production of Nordic Walking

Pantzar, M. & Shove, E. 2010 In: Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. 22, 4, p. 447-461 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Social theory and climate change: questions often, sometimes and not yet asked.

Shove, E. 03/2010 In: Theory, Culture and Society. 27, 2-3, p. 277-288 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Beyond the ABC: climate change policy and theories of social change

Shove, E. 06/2010 In: Environment and Planning A. 42, 6, p. 1273-1285 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Sociology in a changing climate

Shove, E. 31/08/2010 In: Sociological Research Online. 15, 3, p. - 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Governing transitions in the sustainability of everyday life

Shove, E. & Walker, G. 05/2010 In: Research Policy. 39, 4, p. 471-476 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Consumption, materiality and markets

Shove, E. & Araujo, L. M. 2010 Reconnecting Marketing to Markets. Araujo, L., Finch, J. & Kjellberg, H. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 13-28 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

Comfort in a Lower Carbon Society

Shove, E. (ed.), Chappells, H. (ed.) & Lutzenhiser, L. (ed.) 2009 London: Taylor and Francis. 136 p. (Building Research and Information Series)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Time, consumption and everyday life: practice, materiality and culture

Shove, E. (ed.), Trentmann, F. (ed.) & Wilk, R. (ed.) 2009 Berg. 236 p. (Cultures of consumption series)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2008

Transition Management (TM) and the politics of shape shifting

Shove, E. & Walker, G. 04/2008 In: Environment and Planning A. 40, 4, p. 1012-1014 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Comfort in a lower carbon society

Shove, E., Chappells, H., Lutzenhiser, L. & Hackett, B. 2008 In: Building Research and Information. 36, 4, p. 307-311 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Living with things: ridding, accommodation, dwelling

Shove, E. 03/2008 In: Journal of Consumer Culture. 8, 1, p. 158-160 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Product, Competence, Project and Practice DIY and the dynamics of craft consumption

Watson, M. & Shove, E. 03/2008 In: Journal of Consumer Culture. 8, 1, p. 69-89 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Transition management and the politics of shape shifting.

Shove, E. & Walker, G. P. 2008 In: Environment and Planning A. 40, p. 1012-1014 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Comfort in a low carbon society.

Shove, E., Chappells, H., Lutzenhiser, L. & Hackett, B. 07/2008 In: Building Research and Information. 36, 4, p. 307-311 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Products and practices: Selected concepts from science and technology studies and from social theories of consumption and practice

Ingram, J., Shove, E. & Watson, M. 2007 In: Design Issues. 23, 2, p. 3-16 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Home extensions in the United Kingdom: space, time, and practice

Hand, M., Shove, E. & Southerton, D. 08/2007 In: Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 25, 4, p. 668-681 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

CAUTION! Transitions ahead: politics, practice, and sustainable transition management

Shove, E. & Walker, G. 04/2007 In: Environment and Planning A. 39, 4, p. 763-770 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

The Design of Everyday Life.

Shove, E. A., Hand, M., Ingram, J. & Watson, M. 2007 Berg. 192 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Ambivalence, sustainability and the governance of sociotechnical transitions.

Walker, G. P. & Shove, E. 09/2007 In: Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 9, 3-4, p. 213-225 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Fossilization.

Shove, E. & Pantzar, M. 2006 Off the edge: experiments in cultural analysis. Lofgren, O. & Wilk, R. (eds.). Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen, 164 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2005

Consumers, Producers and Practices Understanding the invention and reinvention of Nordic walking.

Shove, E. A. & Pantzar, M. 03/2005 In: Journal of Consumer Culture. 5, 1, p. 43-64 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Infrastructures of Consumption: Restructuring the Utility Industries.

Shove, E. A., Chappells, B. & Vliet Van, B. 2005 Earthscan. 130 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Fossilisation.

Shove, E. & Pantzar, M. 2005 In: Ethnologia Europaea. 35, 1-2, p. 59-63 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Infrastructures of consumption: environmental innovation in the utility industries.

Vliet, B. V., Chappells, H. M. & Shove, E. 2005 London: Earthscan. 130 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Changing human behaviour and lifestyle: a challenge for sustainable consumption?

Shove, E. 2005 Consumption - Perspectives from ecological economics. Ropke, I. & Reisch, L. (eds.). Cheltenham: Elgar, p. 111-132 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Innovations in fun: the careers and carriers of digital photography and floorball.

Pantzar, M., Shove, E. & Hand, M. 2005 Manufacturing leisure. Pantzar, M. & Shove, E. (eds.). Helsinki: NCRC, p. 214-235 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Explaining showering: a discussion of the material, conventional, and temporal dimensions of practice.

Hand, M., Shove, E. & Southerton, D. 30/06/2005 In: Sociological Research Online. 10, 2, 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Debating the future of comfort: environmental sustainability, energy consumption and the indoor environment

Chappells, H. & Shove, E. 2005 In: Building Research & Information. 33, 1, p. 32-40 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Social exclusion, mobility and access.

Cass, N., Shove, E. & Urry, J. 29/07/2005 In: The Sociological Review. 53, 3, p. 539-555 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Geography and public policy: a political turn.

Shove, E. & Robson, B. 2004 Unifying Geography: Common Heritage, Shared Future?. Matthews, J. A. & Herbert, D. T. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 353-369 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Social and environmental convergence.

Shove, E. 2004 Architecture and variety: environmental perspectives.. Steemers, K. & Steane, A. M.. (eds.). London: Spon, p. 19-29 11 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Sustainability, system innovation and the laundry.

Shove, E. 2004 System Innovation and the Transition to Sustainability: Theory, Evidence and Policy. Elzen, B., Geels, F. & Green, K. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 76-94 19 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Efficiency and Consumption: Technology and Practice.

Shove, E. 2004 In: Energy and Environment. 15, 6, p. 1053-1065 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Orchestrating Concepts: Kitchen Dynamics and Regime Change in Good Housekeeping and Ideal Home, 1922-2002.

Hand, M. & Shove, E. 2004 In: Home Cultures. 1, 3, p. 235-256 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Transport infrastructures: a social-spatial-temporal model.

Cass, N., Shove, E. & Urry, J. 2004 Sustainable consumption: the implications of changing infrastructures of provision. Southerton, D., Chappells, H. & Vliet, B. V. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 113-129 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Infrastructures, crises and the orchestration of demand.

Chappells, H. & Shove, E. 2004 Sustainable consumption: the implications of changing infrastructures of provision. Southerton, D., Chappells, H. & Vliet, B. V. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 130-143 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

Changing infrastructures, measuring socio-spatial inclusion/exclusion: final report to the Department for Transport

Cass, N., Shove, E. & Urry, J. 1/04/2003 Lancaster: Lancaster University. 124 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsCommissioned report

Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience: the Social Organization of Normality.

Shove, E. A. 2003 Berg. 221 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Users, technologies and expectations of comfort, cleanliness and convenience.

Shove, E. 06/2003 In: Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. 16, 2, p. 193-207 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Principals, agents, actors and research programmes.

Shove, E. 1/10/2003 In: Science and Public Policy. 30, 5, p. 371-381 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Converging conventions of comfort, cleanliness and convenience.

Shove, E. 12/2003 In: Journal of Consumer Policy. 26, 4, p. 395-418 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Car cultures

Shove, E. 01/2002 In: Business History. 44, 1, p. 143-143 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

What do standards standardise?

Shove, E. & Moezzi, M. 2002 Teaming for efficiency proceedings, 2002 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Aug. 18-23, 2002, Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, Californi.. Washington, DC: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, p. 8.265-8.280

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2001

Inconspicuous consumption: the sociology of consumption, lifestyles and environment.

Shove, E. 2001 Sociological theory and the environment: classical foundations, contemporary insights. Dunlap, R. (ed.). Lanham, Md.: Rownan and Littlefield Publishers, p. 230-241 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Analysing barriers in innovation for sustainable mobility

Stevens, A., Ingrey, M. & Shove, E. 2001 Proceedings of the ITS-UK summer conference.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Social Worlds of Caravaning: Objects, Scripts and Practices

Southerton, D., Shove, E., Warde, A. & Deem, R. 31/08/2001 In: Sociological Research Online. 6, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

National and European dynamics of social environmental research

shove, E. 2001 The dynamics of European science and technology policies. Dresner, S. & Gilbert, N. (eds.). Aldershot: Ashgate, p. 81-108 28 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Ordinary consumption and extraordinary relationships: utilities and their users

Shove, E. & Chappells, H. 2001 Ordinary consumption. Gronow, J. & Warde, A. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 45-59 15 p. (Studies in consumption and markets)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Control and flow: rethinking the sociology, technology and politics of water consumption

Chappells, H., Selby, J. & Shove, E. 2001 Exploring sustainable consumption: environmental policy and the social sciences. Cohen, M. & Murphy, J. (eds.). Oxford: Pergamon, p. 157-170 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2000

Defrosting the freezer: From novelty to convenience - A narrative of normalization

Shove, E. & Southerton, D. 11/2000 In: Journal of material culture. 5, 3, p. 301-319 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Contracting knowledge: the organizational limits to interdisciplinary energy efficiency research and development in the US and the UK

Lutzenhiser, L. & Shove, E. 04/1999 In: Energy Policy. 27, 4, p. 217-227 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1998

Gaps, barriers and conceptual chasms: theories of technology transfer and energy in buildings

Shove, E. 12/1998 In: Energy Policy. 26, 15, p. 1105-1112 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Relevance, independence and capture

Shove, E. 1998 In: Building Research and Information. 26, 6, p. 386-389 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

1997

Research contexts and policy knowledge: linking social science research and environmental policy.

Shove, E. & Simmons, P. 1997 In: Science and Public Policy. 24, 4, p. 214-222 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1996

Environmental sociology: A social constructionist perspective - Hannigan, J.

Shove, E. 11/1996 In: Sociology. 30, 4, p. 818-819 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

1995

Organizing modernity - Law, John.

Shove, E. 01/1995 In: Science, Technology, and Human Values. 20, 1, p. 110-112 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

1990

Professional energies: putting science into practice.

Shove, E. 1990 2nd European Conference on Architecture: science and technology at the service of architecture: proceedings of an international conference held at Paris, France, 4-8 December 1989. Steemers, T. C. & Palz, W. (eds.). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, p. 410-412 3 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsConference contribution

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