Streetlighting in England and Wales : new technologies and uncertainty in the assemblage of streetlighting infrastructure.


As promised, a short description of this article, which is now available in pre-published form at Durham Research Online, as well as in the latest issue of Environment and Planning A, 46(9).

This is the ‘academic’ version of my reports on my research which took place in early 2013 with lighting engineers at local authorities in the North-East. It explores street-lighting as an assemblage – picking up on moves in energy policy towards practice theories, but calling for such an approach to step beyond the study of practices eg human activities, and towards taking a practice approach to a wider variety of objects. It identifies key themes – experimentation, uncertainty and innovation – and explores how these play-out in an area that has become ‘newly political’.

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