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Dr Stanley Blue

Senior Lecturer

Stanley Blue

Bowland North

LA1 4YN

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 595113

Research overview

My research explores the temporal organisation of social life and how that matters for contemporary and future ways of living and consuming. I’m interested in how changing patterns of consumption matter for public health and sustainability.

My work develops a unique theoretical approach to institutional change, combining theories of practice with rhythmanalysis to examine how different kinds of institutional organisation (broadly interpreted) make and shape patterns of consumption.

Substantively, I have developed these ideas through work on energy and travel demand in hospitals and in writing about smoking has helped to develop practice-theoretical approaches within public health research.

PhD supervision

I would be happy to work with students whose projects relate to my research interests, including work on theories of practice, time, space, rhythm, materiality, embodiment, habit, consumption, demand, mobility, energy, travel, and public health, smoking, obesity, and exercise.

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I currently hold one of Lancaster's 50th Anniversary Lectureships in Sociology. Current roles include:

  • Co-Investigator on the EPSRC funded Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).
  • Director of Sociology - with responsibility for leading the delivery and development of the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • Convenor of the first-year, part 1 course, SOCL101: An Introduction to Sociology - on which I teach an introductory block on ‘Sociological Approaches to the Study of Consumption’.

Current Research

I am currently Co-I on the EPSRC funded Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). I work on the Flexibility Theme and lead project 4.2.3 on 'Time-Dependence and Flexibility in Institutions'.

Recent publications include:

  • work on combining practice theory and rhythmanalysis in Time and Society
  • a book chapter with Nicola Spurling on how institutional practices change in The Nexus of Practices
  • an article on exercise and the environment in Health and Place;
  • a chapter on the idea of temporal coordination as a method for reducing demand for energy and travel in hospitals in Demanding Energy;
  • a co-authored paper with colleagues at the Norah Fry Research Centre on a practice-inspired approach to disability studies in Disability and Society.

Recent invited lectures include: 

For more on current and past research projects, publications, and talks; media articles, press, and videos; engagement, impact, and more - please see my Personal Website.

Additional Information

Academic collaborations include:

Research Fellow, DEMAND Centre, Lancaster University (2015-2017);

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

Member of the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester (2013-2015);

Affiliated with the Norah Fry Institute at the University of Bristol (2015-2017).

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