Rhythms, routines and relationships: Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand

A series of collaborative activities are being undertaken between the Balance Network and the Practices, the Built Environment and Sustainability (PBES) network, together with representatives from policy, industry and the third sector. The activities include an interdisciplinary working party in November 2015 and a discursive webinar series, to progressively co-examine the changing rhythms, routines and relationships associated with increasing adoption of digital technologies into domestic and work practices, and their implications for patterns of energy demand. A video outlining the original Working Party event at University of Sheffield in Nov 2015 is available, and a detailed agenda from the working party is below.

If you are interested in joining for one of the remaining webinars do contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Presentations from the webinars are downloadable at the bottom of this page. The papers being discussed are:
18th March, 1-2.30pm
Are you in or are you out? The implications of digital inclusion/exclusion for design, work-life balance and user wellbeing [Buchanan, Robison, Whittle]
Breaking the rules: how code, algorithms and analytics (re)shape the smart agenda and everyday life [Kragh-Furbo, Macrorie, Morley]

6th April, 1-2.30pm     
What does smart promise for work-life balance? [Foulds & Morosanu]
How are expectations of smart daily life negotiated between different actors? [Nilstad Pettersen & Wade]

You can find out more about the PBES network here. The papers will be presented at ‘BEYOND BALANCE.'  For further details, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , The Urban Institute, The University of Sheffield.

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Working Party Meeting schedule
University of Sheffield

Thursday 26 November
Welcome & Introductions
11:00 – 12:00
Rachel Macrorie Event programme.
Simon  Marvin Urban Institute (UI at UoS). “The myths of tele-presence”
Rosie Robison The Balance Network (BN).
Chris Foulds Practices, the Built Environment & Sustainability network (PBES)

Re- scheduling & reducing domestic energy demand
Chair: Faye Wade
Jeremy Yapp: Deputy Director, Smart Metering, BEAMA - “Smart metering & domestic demand-side response”.
Kathryn Buchanan - “Digital technologies to reduce domestic energy consumption”.
Group feedback/questions.

Group activity: Personal reflections & group feedback - Interconnected & overlapping home & work practices
Chair: Kathryn Buchanan
14:00 – 15:00
Rachel Macrorie - “Home automation: deferring the coordination of daily practices to ‘smart’ appliances”
Faye Wade - “Investigating how smart technologies blur the boundaries between domestic and work practices”.
Roxanna Morosanu - “Making domestic time: digital technologies and energy consumption”.
Group feedback/questions.

Digital interventions in domestic heat comfort
Chair: Rachel Macrorie
Matt Lipson: ETI - “Challenges to decarbonising heat at home”
Ian Preston: CSE - “Illuminating the invisible: Using digital technology to tailor energy advice”.

Governing patterns of connectivity & energy demand
Chair: Roxanna Morosanu
Mette Kragh-Furbo - “Researching governance of energy demand in ‘smarter’ local grids”
Janine Morley - “The Social Dynamics of Connectivity: Practices, Infrastructures and Demand”
Chris Foulds - “Digital technologies: the boundaries between everyday and professional practices”

Friday 27 November
10:00 – 10:20 Rachel Macrorie - Proposed collaborative outputs & Beyond Balance event
10:20 – 10:40 Kathryn Buchanan: Re- imagining ‘smart’ technologies: video/ discussion

Smart technologies, smarter citizens?
Chair: Rachel Macrorie
Chris Jones & Colin Whittle - “Are we automatically smart?”
Ida Nilstad Pettersen - “The transformative potential of medicine dispensers at home and at work”
Rosie  Robison - “Self-monitoring: expectations and experiences”

13:00 – 13:30 Emerging themes group discussion
13:30 – 14:45 Matchmaking and discussion between co- authors
15:00 – 14:00 Feeding back proposed papers & next steps

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