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Research interests

My current research centers on the democratisation of the low carbon transition, with a particular focus on deliberative politics, tracing public opinion discourses and exploring alternative socio-economic organisational structures. I also work on student-led research initiatives.

I have been working on interdisciplinary environmental research since graduating with a BA in Politics from Leeds University in 2008.

After graduating I started out as a policy analyst at a Bristol based renewable energy consultancy researching and lobbying the government on the introduction of public subsidies to support the deployment of wind energy. After a brief foray at an environmental publishing company, I undertook an MSc in Environmental Technologies at Imperial College London. I stayed on working for the UK Energy Research Centre at Imperial, analysing the economic impacts of ‘green jobs’, while also working on behalf of the Department of Energy and Climate Change to support the recently formed International Renewable Energy Agency.

I returned to my home town of Bristol to undertake my PhD studies and defended my thesis, Owning the sun: energy democracy and public participation in solar farm developments in England, in September 2020.

While studying for my PhD I pursued a range of research and engagement projects, including co-creating the South West Research Cooperative as part of the SWDTP in 2014. The co-op funded student-led research initiatives with a diverse range of charities and VCSEs from across the West Country. I also continued to follow my interest in the UN Climate Change Conferences, running a mock UN COP with A level students in the run up to COP 21 in Paris. I went on to attend the real COP in Paris working as a commissioning editor for Stakeholder Forum.

Towards the latter phase of my PhD I started working as a Research Associate in the School of Policy Studies – on behalf of the Professional Liaison Network – coordinating research partnerships with external organisations working on the civic university agenda. I continue this work with several organisations, including: Bristol City Council, Quartet Community Foundation, Creative Youth Network and Wellspring Settlement.


Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute City Futures Research
  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research


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