MA/PhD Course

Practice theory:  A one week intensive course at Lancaster University (held online via MS Teams)

The course is taught by experts in theories of practice, including Stanley Blue, Ted Schatzki, and Elizabeth Shove.  Its aim is to introduce students to various theories of practice.   Among the topics we will examine are substantial theoretical ones such as change, power, time, connectivity, variation, materiality, and method as well as aspects of practice theories that have informed research in a number of substantive areas including management, education, health, and energy. To this end, the course blends preparatory work—recorded lectures, podcasts, reading, and various intellectual exercises (all released in March)— with a week of online activities, linked exercises, and cross-disciplinary group work.

Participants have a great opportunity not just to learn about theories of practices but to connect and work with researchers from around the world who use, or are interested in using, such theories in their work.  To see the kind of activities we get up to, you can see the full course outline here . For evidence of the kind of fun we have, you can see a scrapbook of postcards from 2022 and from 2021, produced by course participants.

To learn more about the content of the course and how it is organised, you can read the 2022 Practice Theory course handbook, available here.

The course is credit bearing: 20 Lancaster MA credits (transferable in the UK system), and the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits.


If you are not a student at Lancaster University, cost of the course is £550. Payment is required by 10th February 2022. Cancellation is non-refundable after Monday 28th February 2022.

To apply

To apply, send a CV (no more than 2 pages) and a brief statement (no more than 1 page) about your interests and why you want to join the course to Stanley Blue, by 17:00 British time on Monday 10th January 2022.

Dates to bear in mind:

27th April – 3rd May 2022 (online): the course itself.

11th April: deadline for participants submitting blogs for sharing

15th March: course materials available to those who have registered

10th February 2022: deadline for payment.

17th January 2022: we send out decisions about which applicants we have selected

10th January 2022: the deadline for all applicants

7th November 2021: the call goes out

Pictures and materials from 2021

A scrapbook and some postcards from April 28th – May 4th 2021.  Here you can find just a few of the memorable images from a fantastic week with participants from many countries and backgrounds.  The album includes some of the postcards written at the end of the course. There are other comments and feedback on the course here.

Hats on, and then hats off to everyone!