Dr Nicola SpurlingLecturer in The Theory and Methods of Social Futures
My work encounters and addresses questions about how futures of decarbonised mobility could and should be achieved. My approach is to explore and develop material cultures of future mobility. This involves: an inquisitiveness in the multiple, often mundane materials, which make and shape past, present, emergent and imagined forms of travel and transportation (e.g. painted lines, parked cars, rain, sun and snow, daylight and darkness, landscape and built environment); engaging with and developing theories of practice, the new materialisms, and futures thinking; creating methodologies to follow things-in-practice through the past, present and into the future; and, approaches concerned with emergence, intervention and experimentation (e.g. Interventions in Practices; Parking in Utopia).
Engagement with multiple stakeholders and publics is central to my work. I am one of a panel of five Commissioners on the national Commission on Travel Demand. To date we have produced two influential reports: 'All Change' and 'Shared Mobility: where now, where next?'.
I am Co-I on Lancaster work package in the DecarboN8 network, with Prof. Monika Buscher in CeMoRe (Centre for Mobilities Research). This is a 3 year EPSRC-funded Network Plus (2019-2022) involving eight universities in Northern England, in which we are pioneering a place-based approach to rapid decarbonisation of the transport sector.
In 2016 I founded an international, cross-sector network Everyday Futures. I held a visiting Fellowship on 'Everyday Futures' at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Nov-Dec 2017.
PhD Supervision Interests
Studies of working lives, daily lives, everyday mobility and how they change. The role of infrastructures and materials in social change. Theories of social practice, sociology of time, sociology of the future. Histories of planning. Garden cities and new towns. Everyday futures, energy and transport demand.
Managing Waste and the Circular Economy
Beyond Behaviour Change and the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne
Visiting an external academic institution
Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds University (External organisation)
Membership of committee
Workshop 'Dwelling in the Utopian Everyday'
Reconfiguring Everyday Practices for a Post-Carbon World (Event)
Membership of committee
If the Walls Could Talk
Exploring the Peaks: Energy demand and the changing rhythms of daily life
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar
- CeMoRe - Centre for Mobilities Research
- ISF - Leadership Team
- ISF Anniversary Lecturers
- MSF Supervisors 2019/20