Dr Allison Hui

Lecturer in Sociology

Research Overview

My research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary cultural consumption. By addressing cases which straddle the boundaries of established social categories – such as home/away, leisure/tourism/migration, everyday routines/exceptions – I explore how varied temporalities and spatialities of consumption arise as the unintended consequences of everyday social practices. My work involves moving beyond simplistic understandings of how ‘consumers’ or ‘travellers’ or ‘audiences’ behave, and identifying the value of situating individuals and their consumption in The Nexus of Practices (2017). Recent work has focused upon the consumption of energy (2018) and interdisciplinary portrayals of EV consumers and migrants.

DEMAND: Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand
01/05/2013 → 30/06/2019
Research

Where do we go from here? Consumption, practice theory and spatiality
Invited talk

Practice theory and the future
Invited talk

A piece of thought on connecting practices: spatial imaginaries and superimposed places
Oral presentation

Connecting practices: spatial imaginaries, superimposed places and individual activity
Invited talk

The individual in practice theory: questions of agency, spatiality, methodology and energy demand
Invited talk

Accounting for ripples in the nexus of practices: households, heating controls, topologies and oligoptica
Oral presentation

Sequencing multiple practices: What comes first, what comes next and implications for utopian thinking
Oral presentation

Mobile Utopia
Participation in conference

International Journal of Comparative Sociology (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Travel Behaviour and Society (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Potential pathways, human activities and multiple time(-)spaces: Expanding understandings of energy demand geographies
Oral presentation

Mobilities (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Mobilities (Journal)
Editorial activity

Tourism Geographies (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Spaces, services, and sequences of energy use: using theories of practice to move beyond segmented understandings of energy demand
Oral presentation

Prefiguring futures: conceptual limitations and electric vehicles consumption
Oral presentation

Transport Policy (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Tracing networks and practices: electric vehicles in discourse and use
Oral presentation

Infrastructures, technologies, practices: the challenge of productive ambiguities
Invited talk

Theory, Culture and Society (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Ambiguous objects, ambiguous practices: what is an electric vehicle?
Oral presentation

Journal of Transport Geography (Journal)
Publication peer-review

[≠] Manifesto
Oral presentation

Ruptures, absences and transformations: tracing changes in everyday practice through the migrations of objects
Invited talk

Intersections of mobilities, practices, and futures
Oral presentation

The things that move with us: using ‘object experiment books’ to uncover mobile, exceptional, and everyday dynamics in the lives of Hong Kong return migrants
Oral presentation

Science, Technology, and Human Values (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Situating the limits of mobility futures: lessons from Hong Kong migration studies
Oral presentation

Journal of Consumer Culture (Journal)
Publication peer-review

ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI) (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Transfers (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Space and Culture (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Critical Geographies, DEMAND - Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand

+44 (0)7810 433181
  • CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research
  • Migrancy Research Group