Dr Torik Holmes

Research Associate

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I am a social science researcher interested in the dynamics of provision, consumption and disposal. Over the course of my PhD and ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, I researched the constitution of electricity demand in Manchester over time and what this means for local sustainability ambitions. I have also examined everyday responses to lock-downs, related and emerging patterns of consumption, and sustainability implications. Beyond my research concerning energy and resource use and supply, I have written (a little) about the everyday performance and socio-political dimensions of economic activity and the use of land, to help explain what and whom spaces serve.  I am now researching the connections between everyday householder practices (e.g., shopping, cooking, eating, working, laundering, bathing, and, those to do with leisure) and the production, use and disposal of plastics.

Common themes across my research include the ordering and performance social practices, infrastructures, energy and resource use and supply, and the production of space.


I gained my undergraduate degree in Journalism, Media and Sociology at Cardiff University and my MA in Sociology at the University of Manchester. I completed my PhD as part of the DEMAND Research Centre at Lancaster University and my Postdoctoral Fellowship within Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning. My current role, as a Research Associate on a project focused on plastics and sustainability, is based within the University of Manchester. If I move to Lancaster next, I will complete two loops of a specific institutional triangle.

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