Published today in Global Environmental Change and available open access here Can practice theory make a difference to policy? In this article, we contribute to a vexed debate on that question. We draw on our learning from a series of projects working in collaboration with key policy partners to bring evidence from practice research to inform policy onContinue reading “Challenges and opportunities for re-framing resource use policy with social practice theories: The Change Points approach”
A new paper in the eminent Design Studies journal authored by Claire Hoolohan (Tyndall Centre) and Alison Browne (SEED) describes how Change Points combines methods from Design Thinking with ideas from Social Practice Theories to produce a workshop method for practice-based sustainability initiatives. The paper, titled Design thinking for practice-based intervention: Co-producing the change pointsContinue reading “Design thinking for practice-based intervention”
Today sees the end of a two-day workshop “Unflushables 2030?”, co-convened by the Change Points team (Alison Browne and Claire Hoolohan) with Anglian Water and more than 30 industry partners to identify ways of eradicating hygiene products disposed of via the toilet reaching sewers and waterways in the next decade. Unflushables are a substantial challengeContinue reading “Unflushables 2030? Mapping Change Points for Intervention”
To celebrate the new year, the Environment Agency’s invited Claire Hoolohan (Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester) to present Change Points at their ‘thought leadership’ workshop, and discuss how it might inform their new collaborative strategy. This multi-disciplinary workshop saw thought leaders from the fields of behavioural economics, psychology and social practice theories discussing how policyContinue reading “Thought Leading at the Environment Agency”
Sam Outhwaite and Matt Watson represented the Change Points team, which was invited to present the approach to the inaugural meeting of the Behavioural Science and the Natural Environment group.
Claire Hoolohan was invited to Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, to present on our toolkit. Today, Claire presented there, on its development and its potential to inform policy change. Slides are available here.
The Change Points Toolkit in online now. It supports users in developing interventions that unlock unsustainable practices so that alternative, less intensive patterns of consumption can emerge. It is not like any existing behaviour change toolkit. Rather than focusing on the individual – ‘the customer’, ‘the user’, ‘the consumer’ – this toolkit aids users toContinue reading “The Change Points Toolkit is online”
For the past six months (since Feb 2018), the Nexus at Home team (Browne, Watson, Evans, Sharp, Foden) – with the exciting addition of Research Fellow Dr Claire Hoolohan – have been busy working on an ESRC Impact Accelerator Account (funded through ESRC IAA at the University of Manchester). This is the third stage of ourContinue reading “‘Change Points for the Nexus at Home’: Stage 3 of our ESRC funded research”
Online open access at: https://doi.org/10.1111/geoj.12257 A new output from the nexus project work, lead authored by Mike Foden with the rest of the project team, published in The Geographical Journal. This paper contributes to the nascent transdisciplinary research agenda of translating home practices research into wider conceptualisations of “intervention”, with a specific orientation towards academic and non-academic stakeholders who areContinue reading “The water–energy–food nexus at home: New opportunities for policy interventions in household sustainability”
Energy and kitchen practices report DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16398.46405 This report introduces a new approach to understanding the role of everyday household practices in domestic resource consumption and addressing the policy challenges this presents. To demonstrate this ‘change points’ approach we focus on one such topic: tackling energy use in the provision of food at home. ProvidingContinue reading “New report: Energy use, flexibility and domestic food practices: implications for policy and intervention.”