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Biography

I am an environmental social scientist conducting interdisciplinary, critically-constructive research around societal engagement with sustainability. I have developed this interest through the investigation of grassroots sustainability innovations, environmental movements, socio-technical energy transitions, and through the exploration of diverse forms of societal engagement around energy and decarbonisation in the UK and beyond. Across these areas, my research and teaching engages closely with contemporary human/economic geography and environmental social science debates on: a) practice-focused research on the everyday geographies of sustainability; b) geographies of hope and participation; c) the realpolitik of environmental movements; d) the spatial politics of participatory sustainability transitions; and e) attendant questions of power and environmental/ energy justice.

Since the completion of my PhD research on community currencies developed in the wake of the Greek economic crisis as tools for sustainable degrowth (School of Environmental Sciences, UEA), I have worked as Senior Research Fellow at the Norwich Business School, and the School of Environmental Sciences. Through my postdoctoral work, I have contributed to the internationally-acclaimed TILOS-Horizon 2020 and ICE (Intelligent Community Energy) projects, and I am currently the lead researcher on UKERC's Public Engagement Observatory

I have capitralised on my research experience of critically-constructive social science research to contribute to teaching activities across the BA/BSc Geography and BSc Environmental Sciences degree programmes of the School of Environmental Sciences. Amongst others, alongside convening the MBA/M.Res/M.Sc ‘Sustainable Consumption’ module, I contribute to teaching on the following modules: ‘Human Geographies of a Changing World’, ‘Geographical Perspectives’, ‘Sustainability, Society and Biodiversity’, ‘Constructing Human Geographies’, and ‘Energy and People’.

Key Research Interests

public participation; energy democracy; sustainable consumption; socio-technical transitions; social practices; grassroots innovations; energy islands.

Research Group or Lab Membership

Research groups: 3S (Science, Society and Sustainability) Research Group

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 31 Jul 2017

Master of Social Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 31 Jul 2012

Bachelor of Social Science, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 31 Jul 2011

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