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I am an economic geographer who is interested in the relationships between sustainability, energy and economy. Empirically, my research has focused on fuel poverty, energy transitions, alternative currencies, the Transition Towns movement and alternative food initiatives. My PhD research (at the University of Liverpool) was an ethnographic study of how an ‘alternative milieu’ developed around the town of Totnes, Devon, and the extent to which this supports the emergence of grassroots economic experiments or enhances their longevity.  

Since October 2017 I have been a lecturer in Energy and Climate Change and I currently convene two second year modules (ENV5022B Low Carbon Energy and ENV5031B Social Research Skills) and a Master’s module (ENV7029B Energy and Climate Change). I also contribute to a range of other modules and supervise undergraduate, master’s and PhD projects.

Key Research Interests

Key research interests:

 Economic geography; Sustainability transitions; grassroots innovation; sustainable consumption; urban sustainability; geographies of innovation; alternative economic spaces; technological change; social innovation; open innovation; new economics; political economy; post-capitalism; post-consumerism; social economy; diverse economies; utopianism; intentional communities; countercultures; alternative places.     


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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