4S/EASST 2016

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Track on ‘Exploring the role of materials in practices and sustainability'

Co-convened by: Toke Haunstrup Christensen, Danish Building Institute, Aalborg University and Chris Foulds, Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University.

The Global Sustainability Institute is delighted to be co-presenting the sessions ‘Track on Exploring the role of materials in practices and sustainability’ as part of the the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) 2016 Conference. The 4S/EASST 2016 Conference is taking place in Barcelona between 31 August–3 September 2016.

Scroll down for more information on individual presentations that will comprise those sessions. Copies of the respective PowerPoint presentations will be uploaded on this webpage after the conference.

You can read the original conference track call submission.

Download a full list of abstracts for sessions 1 and 2 here.

Session 1: The “smart” transition of energy, grids and homes

11.00-12.30, Thursday 1 September 2016


Home monitoring – how smart meters mediate domestic energy practices in the Netherlands 

Mandy de Wilde, Wageningen University

Washing 2.0 – transforming energy practices in the home

Shivant Jhagroe, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

Materialities of the electric car – different designs, users and practice trajectories? 

Marianne Ryghaug & Helen Jøsok Gansmo, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Experiments in Zero Emission Living – the intrinsic qualities of things? 

Marius Korsnes & Jenny M. Bergschöld, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Anthropological explorations of technologies as enacted materials in everyday practices 

Mia Rasmussen & Laura Lynggaard Nielsen, Alexandra Institute A/S.


Session 2: Reconfiguring practice through material changes

2.00-3.30, Thursday 1 September 2016


Urban gardening and the politics of environmental citizenship

Jens Lachmund, Maastricht University

New designs for sustainable food practices – the case of vegan material innovation 

Richard Twine, Edge Hill University

Practice hacks – exploring the centrality of materials in social change

Matthew Hanchard, University of Sheffield.


Integrating complex materials into practice – the case of tablet computers 

Carolynne Lord, Lancaster University

Young people and ICT – materials shaping resource-intensive practices? 

Toke Haunstrup Christensen, Aalborg University and Els Rommes, Radboud University