The full report from the BSA Climate Change Study Group event at Southampton in March 2012, is now available here:
Thank you so much to everyone that contributed to the event last Friday and Saturday.
Huge thanks also to Milena Buchs for all her incredibly hard work putting this event together over the past year, and to the BSA Climate Change Study Group for making the event happen.
We look forward to future BSA Climate Change Study Group events!
Please note, the event is now fully booked.
If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please e-mail Elaine Forrester at email@example.com
Conceptual and methodological approaches
for researching climate change at different societal scales
BSA Climate Change Study Group Event
Date: 30th March 2012 (with optional field trip on the 31st)
Location: University of Southampton, Highfield Campus
Sociological research on climate change-related topics is still a relatively young field with a range of fundamental questions to reflect on, including, whether existing methodological approaches and sociological concepts need to be further developed to be applied to this area. This event will focus on the ways in which different methodological perspectives can be used and further developed to research the implications of climate change at a range of different societal scales such as the individual, household, workplace, community, regional, national and international level.
To book a place please visit the BSA website: http://bsas.esithosting.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10175
Friday, 30 March 2012
Hartley Suite, Building 38
10.00am Welcome by Professor Judith Petts & the conference organisers
Researching climate change: methodological and conceptual challenges
10.10am Professor John Urry, University of Lancaster: ‘Is there a reverse gear and how to find it?’
10.40am Dr Pauline Leonard, University of Southampton: ‘Changing workspace: green? Or lean and mean?’
11.30 Professor Elizabeth Shove, University of Lancaster: ‘Methods of capturing the dynamics of social practice’
12.00 Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, University of Exeter: ‘Think global, act local? Place attachment in a climate changed world’
12.30 Dr Heather Lovell, University of Edinburgh: ‘Speaking the language: researching financial accountants and other experts’
2.00pm Paper Workshops (programme see below)
4.30pm Feedback and discussion
5.30pm Drinks reception
Afternoon Workshops, 2-4pm
Room bookings will be confirmed nearer the time.
|A: Conceptualising Climate Change Sociology|
|Human responses to climate change: social representation, identity and social action||Rusi Jaspal and Brigitte Nerlich|
|Understanding climate science: the evolution of uncertainty management||Catharina Landström|
|Technological optimism within the economics of climate change: A Foucauldian answer to conceptual and methodological questions||Michael Keary|
|Climate change, need, and everyday life||Rebecca Wallbridge|
|B: Media, communications and mixed methods|
|Visual forms and visual methods in climate change communication||Kate Manzo|
|A mixed methods approach to analysing online reader comments on newspaper articles concerning climate change||Nelya Koteyko, Brigitte Nerlich, Rusi Jaspal|
|Environmental citizenship and the European Union’s climate politics||Mirja Vihesalo|
|Qualitative methods within the “quantitative” arena of carbon markets||Corra Boushel|
|C: Methods for researching climate change in different social contexts|
|Practices by proxy; climate, consumption and water||Ben Anderson, Alison Browne, Will Medd|
|Using network analysis to bring behaviour into the study of social movements: the relationship between environmental movement participation, attitudes to climate change and energy use||Clare Saunders et al|
|Community scale approach to energy consumption||Sarah Hards and Sarah Hall|
|Putting policy and intervention into ‘practices’||Nicola Spurling and Andrew McMeekin|
|D: Researching climate change at individual and household scales|
|The scale of personal life and the study of climate change||Lynn Jamieson|
|Who sets the rules? Do practices have owners?||Ruth Rettie and Tim Harries|
|Climate change and coats||Russell Hitchings|
|Observations on sociology, and action on climate change at the ‘community’ and ‘household’ scales||Kevin Burchell and Tom Roberts|
|E: Researching the multi-level and local dimensions of climate change|
|Opportunities, challenges and approaches to researching the sustainable city: local interaction platforms as conceptual and methodological innovation?||Beth Perry|
|Local climate change in an ordinary context||Eva Heiskanen, Mikko Jalas, Jenny Rinkinen|
|Rights, regulations and legal consciousness||Brownen Morgen|
Day 2 – Saturday 31 March 2012
The second day of the event will be more informal, to allow participants to explore the sociological challenges of climate change whilst learning about the New Forest
9.45 Group transport from Southampton to Minstead
10.30 Forest walk, guided by the Minstead Study Centre
12.30 Lunch buffet at the Minstead Study Centre, opportunity to explore Study Centre grounds
13.45 Transport to return to Southampton Central railway station (or opportunity to head off to explore the New Forest further in self-organised groups)
- Special issue of a journal, e.g. Sociology
- On-line display of the papers, with the opportunity for online comments
- Seminar report summarising key themes and associated news piece for Network magazine
Participant fee for Day 1: £30 for BSA members, £25 for post-graduate students, £45 for BSA non-members.
Day 2 will be costed separately, so please let us know if you are interested to participate. Participants will be asked to contribute to cover the cost for transport to Minstead, the guided forest walk and lunch at the Minstead study centre. This will depend on numbers attending but is likely to be between £15 and £25. You will also need to arrange your own accommodation in Southampton. Information on accommodation and transport to Minstead will be circulated closer to the time.
Highfield House Hotel – walkable to Highfield Campus (ca. 10-15 mins) http://www.highfieldhotelsouthampton.co.uk/
Mercure Southampton Dolphin – in the city centre, 5-10 min taxi ride to Highfield campus http://www.dolphin-southampton.com/index.html
Chilworth (north of the town), ca. 10 min taxi ride to Highfield Campus
– Chilworth Manor Hotel http://www.chilworthmanor-hotel.co.uk
– Hilton Hotel, 5-10 min taxi ride to Highfield Campus http://www1.hilton.com/en_US/hi/hotel/SOUHNHN/index.do
Various others, see http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/
How to get here:
By train: Southampton Airport Parkway is the closest station. From there take a taxi to Highfield Campus or UniLink Bus 1 http://www.unilinkbus.co.uk/times.shtml
By car: Southampton route map http://www.southampton.ac.uk/visitus/campuses/maps/southampton_route_map.pdf
Highfield Campus Map http://www.southampton.ac.uk/visitus/campuses/maps/highfield_3d_key.pdf
The event is hosted by the BSA Climate Change Study Group.
It is also kindly supported by the University of Southampton Centre for Citizenship, Globalization and Governance (C2G2), the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) and Mistra Urban Futures.
Milena Büchs, Pauline Leonard and Rebecca Edwards (University of Southampton, Sociology and Social Policy & Third Sector Research Centre) and Beth Perry (University of Salford, SURF-MISTRA Urban Futures)
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org