The event took place on Thursday 15 October 2015 between 4pm and 5.30pm.
The event made a contribution to advancing understanding about this topic across disciplines through the sharing of research, theory, methods and application. Gaining a better understanding in this area should benefit individuals and society at large by helping to improve the effectiveness of public services and policy and enhancing quality of life and health. In addition, we circulated the presentation given by Cecily Maller when contacting community groups about our ESRC seminar series and it had a positive impact on improving awareness about practice theory and increasing engagement.
Cecily Maller’s seminar was inspired by our forthcoming ESRC seminar series 'New practices for new publics: interdisciplinary dialogues about practice theory approaches and civil society', although she was visiting the UK outside the official dates that the series will run. She was able to outline what theories of social practice achieve: in particular, they help us reframe problems differently, decentring individual humans and moving away from looking for linear or causal relationships for what people do explained by attitudes, behaviours and choices. The unit of analysis becomes the practice rather than individual performers. Potentially this allows us to come up with different solutions than if by starting with people. These debates will continue during the seminar series. For further information on the seminar series, visit the New practices for new publics blog site.