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‘Low carbon, water-efficient house retrofits: an emergent niche?’

Using the idea of niches and multilayer perspective (MLP), the analysis reveals both the limits to government initiatives promoting low carbon/water renovations and the importance of aspirations and relations in the low carbon/water housing renovation niche.

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‘Housing renovations and energy efficiency: insights from homeowners’ practices, Building Research and Information

Drawing on ethnographic case studies informed by theories of social practice, this paper examines to what extent low energy and other environmental concerns come into play in renovations when they are conceptualized as social practices.

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‘Going Green’?: The Limitations of Behaviour Change Programmes as a Policy Response to Escalating Resource Consumption

This paper contributes to a growing body of literature highlighting the limitations of behaviour change and the emergence of a social practice approach to reframe responses to escalating resource consumption. We demonstrate how the 'Going Green' discourse, which focuses on targeting individuals to participate in 'easy' sustainability actions, overlooks the majority of consumption implicated in everyday practices.

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Curious energy consumers: Humans and nonhumans in assemblages of household practice

This consumer is typically a human adult who has the agency to make autonomous, functional and rational decisions about his or her household’s energy consumption. This article seeks to disrupt this dominant anthropocentric conceptualisation of the consumer and provide new ways of knowing and potentially intervening in the lives of energy consumers.

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Low carbon, water-efficient house retrofits: An emergent niche?,

Using the idea of niches and multilayer perspective (MLP), the analysis reveals both the limits to government initiatives promoting low carbon/water renovations and the importance of aspirations and relations in the low carbon/water housing renovation niche.

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Housing renovations and energy efficiency: Insights from homeowners practices

Drawing on ethnographic case studies informed by theories of social practice, this paper examines to what extent low energy and other environmental concerns come into play in renovations when they are conceptualized as social practices. A practice theory approach is adopted to analyse the intersection of renovations with homeowners practices.

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The role of social values in the management of ecological systems

This paper reviews theories of value from these disciplines and discusses practical tools and instruments that can be utilised by researchers and practitioners. A distinction is highlighted between underlying values that shape people's perception of the world (e.g. altruistic or biospheric value orientations), and the values that people assign to things in the world (e.g. natural heritage, money).

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Interdisciplinarity and industry collaboration in doctoral candidature: tensions within and between discourses

The article questions the common assumption that 'more (disciplines) is better' to address complex social, economic and environmental problems. It highlights the ways in which interdisciplinary and industry-led projects can inadvertently silo the doctoral candidate and the problem to be 'solved' within dominant ontological, epistemological and political frameworks.

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Smart energy in everyday life: Are you designing for resource man?

Smart energy technologies and strategies embody a rational, individual, and masculine image of the energy consumer. The role intended for smart energy consumers is revolutionary, as they are expected to become the driving force behind the Smart Grid and the Green Economy of the Future.

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Refugees, housing, and neighbourhoods in Australia

Ensuring that refugees have access to long-term sustainable housing is one of the greatest challenges facing countries of resettlement (UNHCR 2002). The present study addresses this issue by mapping the housing experiences of refugees in Australia focusing on the housing, homelessness, neighbourhood and broader social inclusion experiences of refugees in Perth and Melbourne.

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Measurement matters in managing landscape carbon

To evaluate potential policy impacts of using different carbon measures, we modelled and mapped carbon in above-ground and below-ground stocks, as well as fluxes related to sequestration, oxidation and combustion in the Ex Mega Rice Project Area in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

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Integrating biological and social values when prioritizing places for biodiversity conservation

The consideration of information on social values in conjunction with biological data is critical for achieving both socially acceptable and scientifically defensible conservation planning outcomes. We present an approach that incorporates quantitative data on social values for conservation and social preferences for development into spatial conservation planning

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Incorporating Detectability of Threatened Species into Environmental Impact Assessment

We argue that minimum survey requirements be established for all species listed under threatened species legislation and hope that our findings will provide an impetus for collecting, compiling, and synthesizing quantitative detectability estimates for a broad range of plant and animal species.

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