Biography

My research focuses on how innovations to promote sustainability impact upon people’s everyday lives. Within this broad focus I am particularly interested in the inter-relationships between: the dynamics and evolution of social practices, how technologies are adopted and used in everyday life, and the effects of attempts to govern everyday life to try and steer it in more sustainable directions. In pursuing these interests, my work is situated at the interface between human geography, environmental sociology and science and technology studies.

My research is of direct relevance to a wide range of audiences beyond academia and I am always seeking to develop new partnerships beyond the academy. For example, in the last few years I have developed a series of masterclasses on ‘behaviour change for a low carbon future’ (with Adapt Low Carbon); I have presented my work on domestic electricity use to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, E.On and at an International Energy Agency workshop on energy demand; and I have co-authored a report on the roles of Champions approaches in encouraging pro-environmental behaviour in Universities (commissioned by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education).

Since September 2012 I have been a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA. In this role I will convene a module on Energy and People (commencing in spring 2014) and I also teach aspects of other modules on Sustainable Consumption; Sustainability and Society; Global Environmental Challenges, Theory of Environmental Assessment and Social Science Research Skills. As a researcher, I am a member of the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) research group at UEA, Treasurer of the British Sociological Association’s Study Group on Climate Change and sit on the Editorial Board of the journal Energy Research and Social Science

 

 

Career History

  • 2012 - present: Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
  • 2010 - 2012: Senior Research Associate, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA
  • 2009 - 2010: ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA.

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences.  However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Additional Contacts

Fax: +44 (0)1603 591327

 

All Publications

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Hargreaves, T., Wilson, C., Hauxwell-Baldwin, R.

(2018)

Learning to live in a smart home,

in Building Research & Information

46

(1)

pp. 127-139

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T.

(2018)

Beyond energy feedback,

in Building Research and Information

46

(3)

pp. 332-342

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T., Wilson, C.

(2017)

Smart Homes and Their Users,

Springer

ISBN 978-3-319-68017-0

Full Text UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Gravey, V., Lorenzoni, I., Seyfang, G., Hargreaves, T.

(2017)

Theoretical Theatre: harnessing the power of comedy to teach social science theory,

in Journal of Contemporary European Research

13

(3)

pp. 1319-1336

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T., Wilson, C.

(2017)

Smart Homes and Their Users,

Springer

ISBN 978-3-319-68017-0

Full Text UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Smith, A., Hargreaves, T., Hielscher, S., Martiskainen, M., Seyfang, G.

(2016)

Making the most of community energies: Three perspectives on grassroots innovation,

in Environment and Planning A

48

(2)

pp. 407-432

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T.

(2016)

Interacting for the environment: Engaging Goffman in pro-environmental action,

in Society and Natural Resources

29

(1)

pp. 53-67

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Higginson, S., McKenna, E., Hargreaves, T., Chilvers, J., Thomson, M.

(2015)

Diagramming social practice theory: An interdisciplinary experiment exploring practices as networks,

in Indoor and Built Environment

24

(7)

pp. 950-969

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T., Hauxwell-Baldwin, R., Wilson, C., Coleman, M., Kane, T., Stankovic, L., Stankovic, V., Murray, D., Liao, J., Firth, S., Hassan, T.

(2015)

Smart homes, control and energy management: How do smart home technologies influence control over energy use and domestic life?,

in European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) 2015 Summer Study Proceedings.

pp. 1022-1032

UEA Repository

(Conference contribution)

(Published)


Hargreaves, N., Chilvers, J., Hargreaves, T.

(2015)

"What's the meaning of 'smart'? A study of smart grids": Sociotechnical Report,

School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Full Text

(Other report)

(Published)


Wilson, C., Hargreaves, T., Hauxwell-Baldwin, R.

(2015)

Smart homes and their users: a systematic analysis and key challenges,

in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

19

(2)

pp. 463-476

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Macrorie, R., Foulds, C., Hargreaves, T.

(2015)

Governing and governed by practices: Exploring interventions in low-carbon housing policy and practice,

in Social Practices, Intervention and Sustainability : Beyond behaviour change.

Routledge

pp. 95-111

Full Text UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Seyfang, G., Hielscher, S., Hargreaves, T., Martiskainen, M., Smith, A.

(2014)

A grassroots sustainable energy niche?: Reflections on community energy in the UK,

in Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

13

pp. 21-44

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T.

(2014)

Smart meters and the governance of energy use in the household,

in Governing the climate : New approaches to rationality, power and politics.

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 9781107046269

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T., Hielscher, S., Seyfang, G., Smith, A.

(2013)

Grassroots innovations in community energy: The role of intermediaries in niche development,

in Global Environmental Change

23

(5)

pp. 868-880

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T., Longhurst, N., Seyfang, G.

(2013)

Up, down, round and round: connecting regimes and practices in innovation for sustainability,

in Environment and Planning A

45

(2)

pp. 402-420

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T., Nye, M., Burgess, J.

(2013)

Keeping energy visible? Exploring how householders interact with feedback from smart energy monitors in the longer term,

in Energy Policy

52

pp. 126-134

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T., Wilson, C., Hauxwell-Baldwin, R.

(2013)

Who uses smart home technologies? Representations of users by the smart home industry,

UEA Repository

(Paper)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T.

(2012)

Questioning the virtues of pro-environmental behaviour research: Towards a phronetic approach,

in Geoforum

43

(2)

pp. 315-324

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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Key Research Interests

Social practices; sustainable consumption and lifestyles; pro-environmental behaviour change; the adoption and use of new technologies; sociotechnical transitions and innovation; energy consumption and everyday life; social interaction and the environment; governmentality and the power effects of interventions in everyday life; phronesis and environmental change; interdisciplinary energy research; innovative qualitative research methods.

Current Research Projects

  • Transformative Social Innovation (TRANSIT) - developing and testing new theoretical approaches to social innovations (funded by EU FP7, 2014-2018)
  • REFIT – exploring the domestication and use of smart home technologies in everyday life (funded by EPSRC, 2012-2015)
  • Realising Transition Pathways – exploring ways of integrating qualitative and quantitative data on domestic electricity use and demand response (funded by EPSRC, 2012-2016)

Significant Publications

  • Seyfang, G., Hielscher, S., Hargreaves, T., Martiskainen, M., & Smith, A. 2014. "A grassroots sustainable energy niche? Reflections on community energy in the UK." Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. DOI:10.1016/j.eist.2014.04.004
  • Hargreaves, T. (2014). “Smart meters and the governance of energy use in the household” pp127-143 in Stripple, J., & Bulkeley, H., (eds) Governing the climate: new approaches to rationality, power and politics. Cambridge University Press.
  • Hargreaves, T., Hielscher, S., Seyfang, G., & Smith, A. (2013). “Grassroots innovations in community energy: the role of intermediaries in niche development.” Global Environmental Change 23: 868-880.
  • Hargreaves, T., Longhurst, N., & Seyfang, G. (2013). "Up, down, round and round: connecting regimes and practices in innovation for sustainability." Environment and Planning A 45: 402-420. DOI: 10.1068/a45124
  • Hargreaves, T., Nye, M., & Burgess, J. (2013). "Keeping energy visible? How householders interact with feedback from smart energy monitors in the longer term." Energy Policy 52: 126-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.03.027
  • Hargreaves, T. (2012). "Questioning the virtues of pro-environmental behaviour research: Towards a phronetic approach." Geoforum 43: 315-324. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2011.09.006
  • Hargreaves, T. (2011). "Practice-ing behaviour change: Applying social practice theory to pro-environmental behaviour change." Journal of Consumer Culture 11(1): 79-99. DOI: 10.1177/1469540510390500
  • Hargreaves, T., Nye, M., & Burgess J. (2010). "Making energy visible: A qualitative field study of how householders interact with feedback from smart energy monitors." Energy Policy 38: 6111-6119. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.05.068


Publications: EPrints Digital Respository

Research Group Membership

Teaching Interests

I currently convene:

  • ENV 2A42 Energy and People

And teach on:
  • ENV 1A28 Sustainability and Society
  • ENV 1A29 Global Environmental Challenges
  • ENV 3A63 Theory of Environmental Assessment
  • ENV MA83 Sustainable Consumption
  • ENV MB3Y Research Skills

Professional Activities

Key Responsibilities

  • Year in Industry Mentor