How to engage with Beyond Behaviour Change and participate in its activities.
Events and activities
2016/2017 International Visiting Fellowships
The Beyond Behaviour Change (BBC) Research Program is inviting Expressions of Interest for two international fellows to spend time at BBC in 2016 or 2017. EOI applications are due 19 February 2016. Find out more (PDF 129 KB).
Animals, automated devices and ecosystems: a symposium on the agencies of dynamic non-humans in theories of practice
9-10 October 2015, RMIT Europe, Barcelona
Set against a backdrop of significant changes in human-animal relations, digital revolutions and changing ecosystems, this symposium will explore new ways of understanding human-non-human interactions in contemporary social research. Find out more about the symposium, or follow the event on Twitter! #nonhumans2015
Social practice theory reading group
The Beyond Behaviour Change research program hosts an interdisciplinary and inter-university reading group for academics working with theories of social practice in applied contexts. The group is convened monthly by Yolande Strengers and Cecily Maller.
The following reading lists are available for download:
- 2015 reading list (PDF 236 KB)
- 2014 reading list (PDF 50 KB)
- 2013 reading list (DOC 26.8 KB)
- 2012 reading list (PDF 59 KB)
The Centre for Urban Research provides a supportive and interactive environment for Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) candidates and opportunities exist for HDR students wishing to apply social practice theory to specific contexts. Look up academic staff profiles to find potential research supervisors.
An exciting opportunity exists for a PhD candidate to join the BBC team working with Yolande Strengers on smart homes and home automation. For further details see: https://automatedsmarthome.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/hello-world/
‘Researching Practices for Sustainability: Exploring new (and old) methodological frontiers’ – Royal Geographical Society and Institute of British Geographers’ Conference (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference 2013
Cecily Maller is convening a panel with Dr Alison Browne and Dr Dana Abi-Ghanem from the Sustainable Consumption Institute at Manchester University.
The panel will take place in August 2013 at the annual RGS-IBG Conference in London.
Titled ‘Researching Practices for Sustainability: Exploring new (and old) methodological frontiers’, the panel explores the variety of methods used by researchers to study social practices (as performances, single entities or complexes and bundles). Over two sessions, ten speakers will discuss examples of new and emerging methodological frontiers drawn from empirical research that could be used to inform policy making for sustainability.
‘Practices on the move’ – Asia-Pacific Science, Technology & Society Network (APSTSN) Biennial Conference 2013
Beyond Behaviour Change researchers Yolande Strengers and Cecily Maller are convening a panel with Professor Gay Hawkins from the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland.
The panel will take place in July 2013 at the Biennial APSTSN Conference in Singapore.
The panel titled ‘Practices on the move: Social Practice Theory and Environmental Change’ will explore how practices move, both literally and metaphorically, focusing on examples of air travel, thermal comfort and mobile drinking. Professor Mike Michaels from the University of Sydney will be acting as discussant.
Beyond Behaviour: Social theory and climate change policy with Professor Elizabeth Shove
The Sustainable Urban Regional Futures (SURF) Program co-hosted 'Beyond Behaviour: Social theory and climate change policy', a public seminar presented by Professor Elizabeth Shove on 15 November 2012 at the RMIT City Campus.
Beyond Behaviour Change symposium
The Centre for Design (RMIT University) and Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies (University of Queensland) jointly hosted ‘Beyond Behaviour Change: A symposium on social practice theories and their implications for environmental policy and programs’ in November 2012.
Contact Yolande Strengers for further information.
Sustainable HCI through Everyday Practice
The Transactions of Human Computer Interaction (TOCHI) journal is publishing a special issue on ‘Sustainable HCI through Everyday Practice’ co-edited by James Pierce (Carnegie Mellon University), Phoebe Sengers (Cornell University), Yolande Strengers (Beyond Behaviour Change) and Susanne Bødker (University of Aarhus). The deadline for abstracts has now closed.
Putting practice theory into practice workshop
The group held a practice theory workshop in June 2010 to discuss how practice theory could be used to facilitate change. Workshop participants each prepared a two-page pro forma of a practice, which were used as the basis of discussion and as examples of how practices had changed and are currently changing.
Contact Yolande Strengers if you are interested in attending future workshops.
Beyond Behaviour Change public forum
The Beyond Behaviour Change research program held a public forum on Tuesday 16 November 2010. The slides and audio of the BBC forum were recorded via Lectopia. Access the recording which is the second item.
- Introduction, Facilitator, Prof Ralph Horne (PDF 118 KB)
- Going beyond behaviour change, Dr Yolande Strengers (PDF 555 KB)
- Energy and water practices in migrant households, Dr Cecily Maller (PDF 1,288 KB)
- Kildonan Uniting Care, Sustainable Families Project, Dr Susie Moloney (PDF 438 KB)
- Redirective food practices, Dr Stephen Clune (PDF 1,075 KB)
- Beyond Behaviour Change Forum panel (PDF 412 KB)