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A time-geographical mixed-methods approach: studying the complexities of energy and water use in households
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Tema Environmental Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (STRIPE)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0121-2729
2019 (English)In: Fennia, ISSN 0015-0010, Vol. 197, no 1, p. 108-120Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The objective of this study is to describe and assess a methodology based on a time geographical approach for studying energy and water use in households. Energy and water resources are often used in routinized activities, and in activities considered as private, normal and ordinary, which makes them difficult to explore in research. In this article, we give an account of a mixed-methods approach using time diaries, metering data, interviews and simple observations, and analyse and discuss its methodological and empirical implications from two Swedish case studies. We conclude that the suggested combination of methods, despite some complications, provides a comprehensive account of household energy and water use to which various theoretical perspectives could apply. Energy and water using activities are defined in terms of time, place, quantity, material and social context, and are related to user perspectives on resource use and usage data. Such knowledge provides important input for information campaigns, technological retrofitting and other systemic changes in striving towards sustainability.

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Tampere: Geographical Society of Finland , 2019. Vol. 197, no 1, p. 108-120
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time geography, methodology, water, energy, households, everyday life
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Human Geography Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-156723DOI: 10.11143/fennia.68860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-156723DiVA, id: diva2:1315325
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Swedish Energy Agency, 37492-1Swedish Research Council Formas, 2008-1335Available from: 2019-05-13 Created: 2019-05-13 Last updated: 2019-05-21Bibliographically approved

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