The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Practices by proxy: climate, consumption and water

Practices by proxy: climate, consumption and water
Practices by proxy: climate, consumption and water
Domestic water-using practices are embedded within wide and complex systems at all levels of scale, from the micro (individuals, technologies) through the meso (neighbourhoods, families, locales and distributed networks and systems) to the macro (infrastructures of provision, regulation and systems of normative values). Yet current domestic water demand modelling tends to focus solely on household composition and price. In the context of future UK population growth, of potentially uncertain rainfall volumes and cycles and of increasingly carbon and cash intensive treatment costs a more nuanced approach to water demand modelling is crucial to the water-using and water-producing sector's response to climate change. This paper explores a novel approach to the exploration of the complex inter-relationships between water use, water infrastructures and climatic variation in UK households. We do this not by observing water 'demand' per se but by using consumption expenditures as proxies for metered water demand and for water uses and by then linking them, through the Expenditure and Food Survey/Living Costs and Food Survey, to regional climatic variation from 2002 to 2009. The results show not only how water use, everyday consumption practices and climatic variation are inter-twinned but they also reinforce the argument that to understand current and future water use we need to consider far more than price, demographics and utilitarian conceptions of value.
Anderson, B.
01e98bbd-b402-48b0-b83e-142341a39b2d
Browne, A.
81f76a6f-6615-4d37-b47a-449c9b0caa08
Medd, W.
e17b4ed2-21b9-4f59-b7cc-c93858da6906
Anderson, B.
01e98bbd-b402-48b0-b83e-142341a39b2d
Browne, A.
81f76a6f-6615-4d37-b47a-449c9b0caa08
Medd, W.
e17b4ed2-21b9-4f59-b7cc-c93858da6906

Anderson, B., Browne, A. and Medd, W. (2012) Practices by proxy: climate, consumption and water. Living Costs and Food Survey user meeting, United Kingdom. 20 Mar 2010.

Record type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)

Abstract

Domestic water-using practices are embedded within wide and complex systems at all levels of scale, from the micro (individuals, technologies) through the meso (neighbourhoods, families, locales and distributed networks and systems) to the macro (infrastructures of provision, regulation and systems of normative values). Yet current domestic water demand modelling tends to focus solely on household composition and price. In the context of future UK population growth, of potentially uncertain rainfall volumes and cycles and of increasingly carbon and cash intensive treatment costs a more nuanced approach to water demand modelling is crucial to the water-using and water-producing sector's response to climate change. This paper explores a novel approach to the exploration of the complex inter-relationships between water use, water infrastructures and climatic variation in UK households. We do this not by observing water 'demand' per se but by using consumption expenditures as proxies for metered water demand and for water uses and by then linking them, through the Expenditure and Food Survey/Living Costs and Food Survey, to regional climatic variation from 2002 to 2009. The results show not only how water use, everyday consumption practices and climatic variation are inter-twinned but they also reinforce the argument that to understand current and future water use we need to consider far more than price, demographics and utilitarian conceptions of value.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 20 March 2012
Venue - Dates: Living Costs and Food Survey user meeting, United Kingdom, 2010-03-20 - 2010-03-20
Organisations: Energy & Climate Change Group

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 350353
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350353
PURE UUID: 2f15745b-05dc-4ff2-8985-bfaef1f43f83
ORCID for B. Anderson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2092-4406

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 26 Mar 2013 09:43
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:25

Export record

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×