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Dr Stanley Blue

Lecturer

Stanley Blue

Lancaster University

Bowland North

LA1 4YN

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 595113

Research overview

My research is concerned with the social routines and practices that make up everyday life. My work draws on ideas from theories of practice to explore how certain ways of living and consuming take hold, how they become re-produced and how they change. In particular I focus on the spatial and temporal qualities of patterns of doing, living and consuming that impact on environmental sustainability and public health.

PhD supervision

I would be happy to work with students whose projects relate to my areas of interest, including work on: theories of practice, time, space, rhythm, materiality, embodiment, habit, consumption, public health and energy demand and mobility.

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Profile

I hold one of Lancaster's 50th Anniversary Lectureships in Sociology.

Current Research

I currently lead a project on Institutional Rhythms which is based in, and linked to, the DEMAND Centre. This project examines the role that institutions play in shaping temporal and spatial patterns of energy and mobility demand. I am also involved in the Getting Things Changed project which is based at Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol. This project examines underlying inequalities in the dynamics of everyday practices.

Recent publications include, in Time and Society on Institutional Rhythms, with my colleague Nicola Spurling, a book chapter on changes in hospital life in The Nexus of Practices and an article on exercise and environment in Health and Place.

Recent invited lectures include to the Anthropology of Health Research Group at Durham University on: 'The Times and Places of Eating and Smoking: A Practice Theory Approach to Public Health'; to the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) in Ravenstein on: 'Time as Experience, Landscape, and Rhythm'; and to the German Research Foundation (DFG) Research Training Group Self-Making: Practices of Subjectivation in Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspective at the University of Oldenburg on: 'Capturing Practice, Chasing Rhythm'.

Additional Information

Academic collaborations include:

Member of the DEMAND Centre at Lancaster University;

Visiting Fellow at Centre for Urban Research, RMIT, Melbourne (Oct-Dec 2016);

Affiliated with the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester;

Affiliated with the Norah Fry Institute at the University of Bristol.

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