In seeking to go ‘beyond’ behaviour change, researchers understand change as a product of transforming socially- and materially-shared practices, such as cycling, laundering, heating, cooling, exercising, eating or travelling. Our research focuses on understanding how practices are established as ‘normal’ ways of living, working or playing, how and why they are changing, and what opportunities exist to move them in more sustainable directions.
Research activity includes a range of applied projects with industry and government partners which redefine current environmental and social problems, and identify innovative ways of intervening in them.
The Beyond Behaviour Change research program encompasses projects and initiatives which seek to:
The Beyond Behaviour Change research program hosts an interdisciplinary and inter-university reading group for academics working with theories of social practice in applied contexts. The group is convened monthly by Yolande Strengers and Cecily Maller.
The following reading lists are available for download:
The Centre for Urban Research provides a supportive and interactive environment for Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) candidates and opportunities exist for HDR students wishing to apply social practice theory to specific contexts.