Beyond behaviour change

The Beyond Behaviour Change research area includes a cluster of projects based on the application of social practice theory to environmental policies and programs. Projects to date have sought to understand the socio-technical positioning of air travel in corporate organisations as an expected and normal way to meet, the ways in which smart metering demand strategies interact and intergrate with householders’ everyday practices of heating and cooling, and how aspirations and expectations for housing are changing on Melbourne’s suburban and coastal fringe.

Practical outcomes of the group’s ongoing work include the development of a practice-based audit, the re-design of environmental and energy behaviour change and demand management programs, and strategies to shift the hierachical positioning of air travel as a ‘normal’ and ‘necessary’ aspect of working life.

Drawing on theories of ‘social practices’, the Beyond Behaviour Change Research Area is engaged in projects and activities that seek to identify avenues for change that add new dimensions (and establish alternatives) to familiar economic and psychological approaches dominating the resource and environmental sectors, such as rational action, consumer choice, information provision, demand management and market mechanisms.

The group includes a multi-disciplinary research team of designers, planners, social scientists and environmental managers working at the Centre for Design. Members have broad interests in areas of social and environmental change including energy consumption, climate change mitigation and adaptation, water consumption, transport planning, food provision, and health.

Group members engage in a range of activities including applied and collaborative research projects, supervision of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates, facilitation of an inter-disciplinary and inter-university social practice theory reading group, and the hosting of occasional workshops, symposiums and events.

Start By 1 June 2009
Completed By ongoing
Funding Various funding providers for this project
Outcomes Visit the Beyond Behaviour Change website for more information.
Program Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures
Location(s) Melbourne – Australia