‘Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand’ working paper collection - now available

  24 June 2016



The ‘Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand’ working paper collection is now available for download at the bottom of this page.  

The collection was developed through a series of collaborative and interdisciplinary activities, which included; a two-day workshop hosted by the Urban Institute (University of Sheffield, 26-27th November 2015); a series of four discursive webinars (February to April 2016); and a peer review process. Production of this collection has involved partnerships between Early Career Researchers (ECRs) representing; the Balance Network (BN), the Practices, the Built Environment and Sustainability Network (PBES), the Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand (DEMAND) Centre, the Urban Institute (University of Sheffield), TEDDINET, and British Environment Psychology Society. 

Whilst sometimes challenging, drawing on multiple disciplinary perspectives from; geography, sociology, anthropology, environmental history, psychology, product design, mathematics and the modelling of real world phenomena, led innovative questions to be asked, worldviews to be challenged, and unusual (and productive) collaborations to be formed, that will hopefully last beyond this series of activities.

The paper titles and authors are:

  • Qualities of time: A comparison of work-life balance in 17th and 21st century urban Britain
    Leona Skelton and Roxana Morosanu
  • Controlling busyness: The promises of smart home industry discourses
    Chris Foulds and Roxana Morosanu
  • Are you in or are you out? Considering inclusive and exclusive features of digital energy management technologies and wellbeing
    Kathryn Buchanan, Rosalyn Robison, and Colin Whittle
  • A nation of addicts? Exploring disciplinary perspectives on digital dependence
    Janine Morley and Rosalyn Robison
  • What ideas of users and their lifestyles exist amongst the actors involved in the design and delivery of heating technologies?
    Faye Wade and Ida Nilstad Pettersen
  • Cracking the code: How algorithms and software are shaping everyday life
    Rachel Macrorie, Mette Kragh-Furbo, and Janine Morley

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