Alison Browne is a Research Fellow at the Sustainable Consumption Institute and Geography at The University of Manchester. Alison has a number of active and interdisciplinary research projects on everyday practice and sustainable consumption; dirt, cleanliness and freshness; and the governance of water resources, drought, and climate change adaptation. Alison is the 'Knowledge Exchange Coordinator' for the SCI, with knowledge exchange and 'co-produced' interdisciplinary, stakeholder engaged science strongly defining much of her work. Alison has held previous appointments as a Senior Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK (2010-2012); Research Fellow at the Research Centre for Stronger Communities, Curtin University, Western Australia (2009-2010); and as a research scientist at the CSIRO, Australia (2007-2009).
Alison’s current research is structured around the following research projects focused on transitions towards sustainable water consumption, demand management, and climate change adaptation:
Recently Completed Projects
(Full list available at:http://staffprofiles.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/Profile.aspx?Id=alison.browne&curTab=4)
Browne, A.L., Medd, W., Anderson, B., & Pullinger, M. (2014 – accepted in press Nov). Method as intervention: Intervening in practice through qualitative and mixed methodologies. In Y. Strengers & C. Maller (Eds.)., Social practices, intervention and sustainability: Beyond behaviour change. Routledge.
Browne, A.L., Medd, W., Pullinger, M., & Anderson, B. (2014). Distributed demand and the sociology of water efficiency. In K. Adeyeye (Ed.)., Water efficiency in the built environment: A review of practice and theory. (pp. 78-84). UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
Browne, A.L., Pullinger, M., Medd, W., & Anderson, B. (2014). Patterns of practice: A reflection on the development of quantitative/mixed methodologies in capturing everyday life related to water consumption in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 17 (1), 27-43.
Pullinger, M., Anderson, B., Browne, A.L., & Medd, W. (2013). New directions for understanding household water demand. AQUA – Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology, 62(8), 496-506.
Dessai, S., Browne, A.L. & Harou, J.J. (2013). Introduction to the Special Issue on “Adaptation and Resilience of Water Systems to an Uncertain Changing Climate” Water Resources Management, 27(4), 1013-1035.
Browne, A.L., Anderson, B., and Medd, W (2013). Developing novel approaches to tracking domestic water demand under uncertainty – A reflection on the “up scaling” of social science approaches in the United Kingdom. Water Resources Management. [This article received a highlighted commendation in the British Sociological Society ‘Climate Change Study Group’ Article Prize 2013].
Current PhD Students
Beth Brockett – Interdisciplinary approach to agricultural grassland management for ecosystems services delivery (Funder: NERC/Living with Environment Change)
Claire Hoolohan – Place based programs for water efficiency (Funder: ESRC NWDTC Case Studentship with Thames Water)