Beyond behaviour: Social theory and climate change policy – Professor Elizabeth Shove

Free Public Seminar, Melbourne 15 November 2012

Hosted by the Centre for Design and the Sustainable Urban Regional Futures (SURF) Program, Global Cities Research Institute.

Professor Elizabeth Shove is a pre-eminent sociologist who has dedicated her career to studying everyday life, inconspicuous consumption, and social change. In her most recent three year UK Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) fellowship, Transitions in practice: Climate change and everyday life, Elizabeth engaged UK academics, policy makers and program deliverers in understanding and rethinking this major social and environmental challenge from new theoretical perspectives.

In this presentation, Elizabeth will outline the pervasive ABC – Attitudes, Behaviour, Choice – model permeating policy making and program delivery, and introduce new theoretical perspectives that reframe the major sustainability challenges of our time. She will provide novel examples of how everyday life is changing, how policy makers are already intervening, and how they might seek to reorient normal ways of life. Elizabeth has published and (co)authored many books, including Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience (2003), Infrastructures of Consumption (2005), The Design of Everyday Life (2007), Time, Consumption and Everyday Life (2009), Comfort in a Lower Carbon Society (2009), and The Dynamics of Social Practice (2012).

The presentation will be introduced by Dr Yolande Strengers, a SURF researcher based in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, where she leads the Beyond Behaviour Change research area. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated discussion led by SURF Research Leader, Professor Ralph Horne, Director of Research and Innovation, College of Design and Social Context.

Elizabeth Shove’s travel is supported by an RMIT Foundation International Visiting Fellowship.

Seminar details

Thursday 15 November 2012
4.30 pm – 6.00 pm
followed by refreshments

RMIT City Campus
Swanston Academic Building
Building 80
Level 4, Room 6 (Interactive Theatre)
Corner of Swanston & A’Beckett Sts
Melbourne Vic 3000

All enquiries to gayle.seddon@rmit.edu.au