Thanks to Angela Meah for the ace photos of ‘nexusing’ in action – groups of analysts and evaluators work through what difference thinking with ‘the nexus’ makes with some case studies of different transitions
The first ‘nexus at home’ workshop made for an excellent start to the series. After some transition and nexus themed warm up orchestrated by Will Medd, Zoe Sofoulis (University of West Sydney) got things rolling with critical insights on home and household – thinking of it as node, assemblage and as distributed in community relations – in relation to understandings of water management and use. Continue reading “Critical insights on nexus, home and transitions at the Sheffield workshop”
We’re excited to be welcoming an excellent group of people to the first workshop in Sheffield tomorrow. With some brilliant speakers – Elizabeth Shove, Zoe Sofoulis, Rebecca O’Connell and Kate Burningham – to get things rolling in the morning, and with Will Medd facilitating workshop activities in the afternoon, it promises to get our exploration of what it might mean to bring the Nexus concept to the home can do to make a difference off to a cracking start.
The Nexus idea refers to how systems of energy, food and water are interdependent. It is increasingly visible in academic debate and policy development, but so far research around the Nexus has principally addressed supply side issues at the national and international level. This ESRC-funded network will extend the Nexus concept to examine the dynamics of consumption at the domestic (household) scale. The household is a critical junction where the provisioning of basic resources meets with everyday practices like those of laundry, eating or comfort.
We are exploring this field through a series of workshops, taking place in Sheffield, Manchester and London. See the events page for more details. The workshops are the core of a project led by Matt Watson with Peter Jackson and Liz Sharp at the University of Sheffield, and Dale Southerton, David Evans, Alan Warde and Ali Browne at the University of Manchester. It is funded by the ESRC Nexus Network.
More details at sheffield.ac.uk/geography/nexus