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How theories of practice can inform transition to a decarbonised transport system

Watson, M. (2012) How theories of practice can inform transition to a decarbonised transport system. Journal of Transport Geography, 24. pp. 488-496. ISSN 0966-6923

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Abstract

In this article, I explore the potential of theories of practice to inform the socio-technical transition required to adequately decarbonise the UK transport system. To do so I push existing applications of practice theories by articulating a ‘systems of practice’ approach, which articulates theories of practice with socio-technical systems approaches. After sketching out a theory of practice, I explore the potential of a practice theory approach to illuminate systemic change in transport. I do this by confronting two key criticisms of practice theories; first of their difficulty in accounting for change; second in their limited ability to move beyond a micro-level focus on doing. The counter I offer to these criticisms leads directly into recognising how theories of practice can articulate with socio-technical systems approaches. From this basis, I go on to consider the implications of a practice theory approach for informing interventions to effect a system transition towards decarbonised transport.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: The definitive version of this paper is published as Watson, M. How theories of practice can inform transition to a decarbonised transport system. Journal of Transport Geography (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2012.04.002.
Keywords: Practices; socio-technical systems; transition; transport; cycling; driving
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Geography (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Matt Watson
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2012 08:43
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:40
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2012.04.002
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74552

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