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Dr Stanley Blue


Stanley Blue

Lancaster University

Bowland North



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 for sustainability.

My work develops a unique theoretical approach, especially 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 a project on energy and travel demand in hospitals and in writing about smoking as a practice that matters for population health.

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 Research

I recently completed a project, Institutional Rhythms, that I was PI on, and which was funded by the DEMAND Centre and the EPSRC. This project looked at the role that institutions play in shaping temporal and spatial patterns of energy and mobility demand. I am also Co-I on the ESRC funded Getting Things Changed project at the Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol. This project examines underlying inequalities in the dynamics of everyday practices.

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 which in an edited collection on The Nexus of Practices and an article on exercise and the environment in Health and Place. Also, I have recently published a chapter on the idea of temporal coordination as a method for reducing demand for energy and travel in hospitals which is in an edited collection on Demanding Energy. And with colleagues at the Norah Fry Research Centre, I co-authored a paper on a practice-inspired approach to disability studies in Disability and Society.

Recent invited lectures include: to the Anthropology of Health Research Group at Durham University; to the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC); to the Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University, Melbourne, and to the German Research Foundation Research Training Group Self-Making: Practices of Subjectivation in Historical and Interdisciplinary Perspective at the University of Oldenburg. In February I will give a talk at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change.

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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