Call for proposals to run events
The BSA Climate Change Study Group is keen to support events in different parts of the country and we welcome proposals to organise such events with the aim of facilitating innovation, collaboration, sociologically inspired research and/or engagement with climate change policy. If you would like to put on an event please see here for more details.
Environment and Human Health – Social Perspectives: One-Day Workshop (BSA Climate Change, Environment & Health and London Medical Sociology Study Groups)
BSA Climate Change Study Group Workshop: Writing Excellent Articles about Society & the Environment
BSA Climate Change Study Group: Re-Configuring Everyday Practices for a Post-carbon World
25-26 June and 15-16 September 2014
'Practices, the Built Environment and Sustainability' (PBES) Network Events
Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
The purpose of these two events was to bring together a community of early career researchers with an interest in theories of practice and the built environment, who were keen to move away from the 'ABC' and technological deterministic mentality that dominates building-related studies. The PBES network was thus launched through two summer events.
The June event brought the network members together for the first time and included sessions on: Low energy transitions; Governing thermal comfort; Time in practice; Professional practices; Practice-oriented design; Methods for researching practices; Theoretical synergies and points of conflict; and Interventions in practice. In particular, this event provided them with the opportunity to bundle around common points of interest, which in turn provided the foundations for collaborations on various Thinking Note topics. The network members were given the challenging task of delivering 3-page Thinking Notes, which succinctly tackled potential (usually conceptual) future developments and/or ‘sticking points’ in the PBES field. The September event provided the network with an opportunity to present and more deeply reflect on the content of the Thinking Notes and, in particular, where their initial thinking on these topics may eventually take them. Acting as discussants for these Thinking Note presentations were Elizabeth Shove, Tom Hargreaves, and Dan Welch.
University of Westminster, 32-38 Wells Street, London W1T 3UW
Cutting-edge social science can make a vital contribution to policy on energy and climate change. This event, sponsored by the BSA Climate Change Study Group, will promote knowledge sharing between researchers and the policy community on the social dimensions of these urgent issues.
Delegates will have the opportunity to hear new researchers present the latest findings on topics related to energy and climate, such as: social networks and communities; the diffusion and adoption of innovations; public understanding and participation; future scenarios and the politics of uncertainty; environmental narratives and discourses; and attitudes, behaviours and practices around sustainability. Responses will be provided by key members of the policy community, including Matt Lipson from DECC and David Fell, founder-director of think-tank Brook Lyndhurst. All delegates will have the opportunity to share their insights, ideas and questions in an open discussion.
The event will be of particular interest to those in the policy sector, as well as to researchers at any career-stage. Early-career researchers and postgraduates may especially benefit from the chance to build networks and engage with the policy community.
14 March 2013
Writing excellent articles on climate change: workshop and award ceremony
BSA Meeting Rooms, Imperial Wharf, London, UK
This event provided an opportunity for participants to learn about writing excellent social scientific articles on climate change. We invited the winners of the BSA Climate Change Study Group’s 2012 article prize to contribute to an informal workshop on the practicalities and challenges of writing about climate change. The workshop focussed on the process of producing published articles: giving participants a chance to learn about how really good articles come to be written and to discuss some of the problems and pitfalls along the way. This event was followed by an award ceremony in which Sarah Hards, David Uzzell/Nora Rathzel, Gill Seyfang/Alex Haxeltine and Brigitte Nerlich spoke briefly about their winning entries.
Conceptual and Methodological Challenges of Researching Climate Change at Multiple Scales
University of Southampton, UK
16 January 2012
BSA Climate Change Study Group: Social dimensions of climate change – a unique book launch and discussion event - Report
British Library, London, UK
23 November 2011
BSA Climate Change Study Group one-day Seminar: Climate Change, Consumption and Daily Life: The Role of the State - Report
Manchester University (North Campus), UK
Download the Programme.
17 January 2011
BSA Climate Change Study Group - Launch Event
The British Library Conference Centre, London, UK
The launch event was a great success. Presentations and a report on the day's activities are available below.
- Welcome Presentation - Elizabeth Shove
- Governance and Climate Change - Graham Smith, Professor of Politics, University of Southampton
- Food and Climate Change - Jessica Paddock
- Governing low carbon transitions - Adrian Smith, SPRU – Science & Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex
- Eating practices: the challenges and ingredients for a sociology of sustainable food consumption - Dale Southerton, Sustainable Practices Research Group, Sustainable Consumption Institute, Manchester University
- Mobilities - Thomas Birchnell, Centre for Mobilities Research, Lancaster University
- Sociology, Climate Change and Mobilities II - Rachel Aldred, University of East London
- Audience Questions for the panel
- Audience suggestions for future study group activities