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Engagement, Interaction and Influence: Developing an agenda for the Sustainable Practices Research Group

December 10 2010



2.30-5pm - followed by a wine reception with mince pies (tea & coffee available)

Seminar Room 1.06
ESRC Innogen Centre
Edinburgh University
Old Surgeons' Hall
High School Yards

Organised by: Innogen at The University of Edinburgh

This talk is about the engagement challenges for the Sustainable Practices Research Group (SPRG) - a research group that seeks to develop fresh understandings about how social practices change and how to encourage more sustainable behaviours with regards to consumption. Sarah will introduce the SPRG and its aims, followed by Elizabeth who will set out the current dominant policy paradigm for understanding sustainable consumption and behaviour change. Elizabeth will then introduce concepts of practice and their relationship to current dominant approaches in policy. Finally, turning our attention back to the SPRG, Sarah will set out the provisional strategy for the SPRG's work-package 'Engagement, Interaction and Influence'. As they will show, the engagement challenges for SPRG call for us to carefully reflect on the public policy implications of social practices insights hand-in-hand with developing our understanding of the way that policy processes draw on ideas from the social sciences leading to their inclusion/exclusion in public policy. In turn, this creates a space for questions regarding the role for the social sciences (and social scientists) in public policy.

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