Yellow acer leaves in autumn

Seasonality – our second flexibility reading room

26 October, 2020

Reading time: 2 minutes

Our online reading room featured four presentations on seasonality which led to interesting discussion on a huge subject.

The second reading room from the Flexibility team focused on seasonality, and featured four presentations. The online event on 01 October, 2020 was hosted by Elizabeth Shove and Stan Blue.

We did not actually read anything on seasonality, partly because we could not find anything suitable. If anyone out there has any suggestions, do let us know. The presentations were from:

  • Mikko Jalas on infrastructures, variations in demand and the ‘shadowy’ sides of these arrangements
  • Elizabeth Shove, who did a quick summary of what seems to be relevant ideas from Marcel Mauss’ work on seasonality amongst the Eskimos
  • Dale Southerton and Jen Whillans on looking for seasonal variations in UK time-use data
  • Jacopo Torriti, taking a similar approach to energy and time-use data.

We then went around the ‘room’ which was quite crowded – some 18 people, from a splendid range of different disciplines and countries.  Hearing about which ideas caught the attention and sparked interest from each person in turn resulted in a powerful sense of potential: in different ways and from different angles topics of seasonality are here to stay.

Transcript: Seasonality – our second reading room

There was so much going on here – as you will discover if you listen to the recording – that we will almost certainly have to return to this topic in the future.  In the meantime, welcome to autumn.

Further reading rooms


  • Jacopo Torriti
  • Mikko Jalas
  • Elizabeth Shove
  • Stan Blue
  • Jen Whillans
  • Dale Southerton
  • Nick Eyre
  • Michelle Bastian
  • Debbie Hopkins
  • Mike Greenhough
  • Samuele Lo Piano
  • Yohei Yamaguchi
  • Selin Yilmaz
  • Greg Marsden
  • Stefan Smith
  • James Wright
  • Nicola Labanca
  • Marius Korsnes

Banner photo credit: Steph Ferguson