School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham
This is the page of the EPSRC-funded Accelerating and disseminating methodological innovation in energy research (ADMIER) project.
This project aims to engender interdisciplinary co-operation among computer and environmental social scientists, by extending the scope and introducing innovation to the activities undertaken within the EPSRC-funded TAKTEEN initiative (‘Taking on the Teenagers – Using Adolescent Energy to Reduce Energy Use’, EPSRC reference EP/I00064X/1). ADMIER transfers the experiences and knowledge gained from TAKTEEN onto a new methodological frame – involving co-operation with human geographers – and demographic group – university students moving into independent accommodation. In addition, ADMIER involves socio-technical research ‘experiments’ and cross-disciplinary events organised and attended by a wide range of computer, engineering and social scientists, as well as policy-makers and private sector representatives.
In ADMIER, we test the technological application and social acceptance of ‘slanty’ design (Beale 2009) towards the reduction of energy consumption in the home. Examples of slanty technologies in the domestic domain include kettles that demand to be switched off if too much water is put in them, showers that start refusing to work for more than a certain time period, lights that will not operate in empty rooms, sensors that adjust the level of indoor heating to pre-determined standards etc. Using interdisciplinary thinking, the project will explore the adoption of slanty design among students – a group whose energy behaviours and practices are pliant to change to an above-average degree. It will engage students not only as users, but also as potential designers of such technologies.
ADMIER primarily involves research of consumption patterns and everyday practices surrounding the use of slanty devices.
Outputs and news items relating to the project can be found here.