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Reference Number RES-332-25-0007
Title Sustainable domestic technologies: changing practice, technology & convention
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 25%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 50%;
Principal Investigator Dr (Dale ) Southerton
No email address given
University of Manchester
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ESRC
Start Date 01 January 2003
End Date 31 December 2004
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £117,204
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region North West
Programme ESRC Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr (Dale ) Southerton , University of Manchester (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Professor A Warde , Social Sciences, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Professor E (Elizabeth ) Shove , Sociology, Lancaster University (0.001%)
Web Site https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=RES-332-25-0007
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Abstract The domestic sphere accounts for almost a third of UK final energy consumption. Much of this can be attributed to domestic technologies. Such technologies have brought radical, but typically invisible, change at the level of ordinary practice (e.g. the frequency of domestic laundry has increased five fold). This research investigates the process whereby domestic technologies are appropriated intosocial practices, fuelling escalating expectations and standards of service, while binding users into extensive complexes of environmentally problematic systems of provisioning. It explores theoretical approaches which emphasise the socio-structural and socio-technical conditions of choice. This requires a focus on the process between ‘demand’ and ‘final consumption’ - theprocess through which producers anticipate ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ and through which people appropriate technologies into daily social practice. Kitchens and bathrooms, energy intensive and functional spaces, are taken as key arenas in which to investigate the co-evolution of socio-technical environments and changing packages of convention and practice. We begin with an historical analysis of the technological development of these domestic spaces, paying particular attention to four key appliances. This is followed by interviews with producers and consumers designed to investigate the anticipated and actual dynamics of socio-technical change in the kitchen and the bathroom
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