Past research projects

In this section visitors can find out more about former projects carried out by the SCI including the SPRG (Sustainable Practices Research Group) Project. This was a major research collaboration (2010-13) across eight UK universities, funded by the ESRC, the Scottish Government and Defra. The SCI’s Dale Southerton and Andrew McMeekin led the programme, which also included Alan Warde, Alison Brown and Dan Welch. The research programme addressed the dynamics of social practices, cultural conventions, institutional processes and infrastructures in order to inform transitions towards sustainability. Empirical projects included research on the spread of air conditioning, ‘zero carbon’ housing, international variations in drinking water provision, changing eating habits, and UK domestic water consumption.