I am currently in the fortunate position to be visiting the School of People, Place and Environment at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. During my time here, I am conducting novel fieldwork data and collecting interviews on the intersections of lives, practices and contexts which will form the basis of a comparative case study with the Irish and Gambian data that I have conducted over the past year. I am working closely with Juliana Mansvelt, a leading scholar in the field of consumption geographies to discuss and plan future collaborations. This experience is being facilitated by the Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Postdoctoral Scholarship Scheme (more information on which can be found in this previous post). Over the course of my visiting scholar experience, I’ll be keeping field-notes and hope to update the blog with reflections over my trip!
Next week, I am delighted to have the opportunity to deliver a seminar at the School of People, Place and Environment where I will be discussing my most recent paper, co-authored by my fantastic PhD supervisor and now colleague Dr. Frances Fahy. This paper, entitled ‘Steering Demand: the role of visible and invisible energy policies in the governance of everyday life’ explores the roles of social institutions and ‘non-energy’ related policies across a wide range of societal fields in shaping what we do in our daily lives and the energy and resource-use implications that emerge from that. The poster below outlines further details.