Professor Elizabeth Shove FBA

Social theories of practice; sociology of energy and mobility; infrastructures, technologies and everyday life; time and flexibility

Elected 2019

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Elizabeth Shove is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University.  Much of her research has to do with issues of consumption, material culture and everyday life. Her 2003 book, Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience: the social organization of normality (2003) established questions of ordinary consumption and demand as legitimate and exciting topics of sociological enquiry.  More recent writing has played a major role in developing social theories of practice: including The Dynamics of Social Practice (2012, with Matt Watson and Mika Pantzar), and The Nexus of Practices (2017, edited with Ted Schatzki and Allison Hui).  From 2013 - 2018, Elizabeth was PI of the DEMAND centre (Dynamics of energy, mobility and demand), developing a distinctive approach to the relation between Infrastructures in Practice (2019, edited with Frank Trentmann), and to the ways in which energy is conceptualized – see Energy Fables (2019 edited with Jenny Rinkinen and Jacopo Torriti). Elizabeth is currently interested in the contributions that social theories of practice can make to a range of other global problems, including obesity and public health.

Current post

Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University

Past appointments

DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) Principal Investigator

2013 - 2018

Centre for Science Studies Director

1998 - 2000

Centre for the Study of Environmental Change Deputy Director

1995 - 1998


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