Staff Profile:Dr Libby Schweber
- Dr Libby Schweber
- Job Title:
- Associate Professor
Principal Research Fellow
BA Harvard University
MA Hebrew University
MA Princeton University
PhD Princeton University
- Areas of Interest:
Sustainability in the Construction Sector, Assessment Tools, Strategic change, Socio-technical networks, Sociology of Organizations, Sociology of Science
- Research groups / Centres:
YNumber of items: 20.
- Kurokawa, M., Schweber, L. and Hughes, W. (2016) Client engagement and building design: the view from actor network theory. Building Research and Information. ISSN 1466-4321 doi: 10.1080/09613218.2016.1230692
- Schweber, L. (2015) Putting theory to work: the use of theory in construction research. Construction Management and Economics, 33 (10). pp. 840-860. ISSN 1466-433X doi: 10.1080/01446193.2015.1133918
- Schweber, L., Lees, T. and Torriti, J. (2015) Framing evidence: policy design for the zero carbon home. Building Research and Information, 43 (4). pp. 420-434. ISSN 1466-4321 doi: 10.1080/09613218.2015.1004658
- Kurokawa, M., Schweber, L. and Hughes, W. (2015) Tracing client interests in the course of a project: why are some client interests incorporated whereas others are not? In: 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK, pp. 743-752.
- Boyd, P., Larsen, G. and Schweber, L. (2015) The co-development of technology and new buildings: incorporating building integrated photovoltaics. Construction Management and Economics, 33 (5-6). pp. 349-360. ISSN 0144-6193 doi: 10.1080/01446193.2015.1074262
- Schweber, L. and Haroglu, H. (2014) Comparing the fit between BREEAM assessment and design processes. Building Research and Information, 42 (3). pp. 300-317. ISSN 1466-4321 doi: 10.1080/09613218.2014.889490
- Kurokawa, M., Schweber, L. and Hughes, W. (2014) Incorporation of different and changing client interests in the course of a project. In: 28th Annual ARCOM Conference, 01-03 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, pp. 925-934.
- Boyd, P., Larsen, G. D. and Schweber, L. (2014) Perspectives on the specification of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) technology in construction projects. In: Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 153–62., 1-3 September, Portsmouth.
- Kabiri, S., Hughes, W. and Schweber, L. (2014) Role conflict in project team dynamics. In: 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK.
- Schweber, L. (2014) The cultural role of science in policy implementation: Voluntary self-regulation in the UK building sector. In: Frickel, S. and Hess, D. J. (eds.) Fields of Knowledge: Science, Politics and Publics in the Neoliberal Age. Political Power and Social Theory (27). Emerald, Bingley, UK, pp. 157-191. ISBN 9781783506682 doi: 10.1108/S0198-871920140000027014
- Schweber, L. (2013) The effect of BREEAM on clients and construction professionals. Building Research and Information, 41 (2). pp. 1-17. ISSN 1466-4321 doi: 10.1080/09613218.2013.768495
- Kabiri, S., Hughes, W. and Schweber, L. (2012) Role conflict and role ambiguity in construction projects. In: 28th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2012, Edinburgh, pp. 727-736.
- Schweber, L. and Leiringer, R. (2012) Beyond the technical: a snapshot of energy and buildings research. Building Research and Information, 40 (4). pp. 481-492. ISSN 0961-3218 doi: 10.1080/09613218.2012.675713
- Boyd, P. and Schweber, L. (2012) Variations in the mainstreaming of sustainability: a case study approach. In: Proceedings of the 28th ARCOM Conference, 3 - 5 September 2012, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 1343-1354.
- Schweber, L. and Harty, C. (2010) Actors and objects: A socio-technical networks approach for construction management research. Construction Management and Economics, 28 (6). pp. 657-674. ISSN 0144-6193 doi: 10.1080/01446191003702468
- Leiringer, R. and Schweber, L. (2010) Managing multiple markets: big firms and PFI contracts. Building Research and Information, 38 (2). pp. 131-143. ISSN 0961-3218 doi: 10.1080/09613210903027147
- Green, S. D. and Schweber, L. (2008) Forum theorizing in the context of professional practice: The case for middle-range theories. Building Research and Information, 36 (6). pp. 649-654. ISSN 1466-4321 doi: 10.1080/09613210802423512
- Schweber, L. (2006) Disciplining statistics: demography and vital statistics in France and England, 1830–1885. Duke University Press, pp288. ISBN 9780822338147
- Schweber, L. (2004) Louis Adolphe Bertillon. In: Kempf-Leonard, K. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Social Measurement. San Diego Academic Press, pp. 53-61. ISBN 9780124438903
- Schweber, L. (2001) Manipulation and articulation: population statistics in 19th century France and England. Social Research: an International Quarterly, 68 (2).
My academic career can be divided into two related, but distinct phase. In the first part I specialized in the Sociology of Knowledge and Comparative Historical Sociology. I first developed this interest while working on my PhD for Princeton, much of which was written in Paris as a visiting student at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes. This work focused on the effect of national state and scientific institutions on styles of reasoning. I pursued this work in Berlin at the Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte before taking a position at Harvard University as an Assistant, and then Associate, Professor in the Department of Sociology. In 2003 I moved to the University of Reading as Reader and Head of the Department of Sociology, where I continued my work on styles of reasoning.
The second phase of my academic career began in 2008 when I joined the ICRC to develop a research programme on sustainable construction. This research applies my interest in the sociology of science and technology to a new object, namely large construction firms. While the theoretical frameworks and research questions are similar, the move has introduced me to a world of engineers, architects and industry partners and allowed me to engage in an exciting, contemporary field of research. My work focuses on the way in which large construction and engineering consultancy firms have responded to the challenges of sustainable construction.
I am particularly interested in strategic change management, the use of social technologies and the relation between innovation and standardization. Specific research projects include the integration of assessment tools such as BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes into the design process, mainstreaming sustainability in large construction firms, the uptake of micro-generation technologies, the diffusion of innovations in retrofit.