• Associate Professor - University of Nottingham

Research interests

I am an experienced interdisciplinary energy researcher working on the role of energy technologies as enablers of social and environmental change in complex socio-technical systems. For the past 10 years I have specialised in (bio)energy systems governance in different socio-cultural and political-economic contexts.

My interests are built around two overlapping programs of research:

  1. The first explores the inclusive design and governance of sustainable energy systems at different scales, their potential to transform energy access and use towards more equitable and ecological alternatives, and the political-economic barriers they face, in pursuit of the SDGs.
  2. The second is in developing pioneering methodological and conceptual approaches to integrated sustainability assessment of energy systems to incorporate different stakeholder values, priorities and visions for alternative futures.

My interdisciplinary outputs are distinctive for linking social science with science, engineering and energy policy communities, and have been published in high impact journals such Energy Policy, Biomass and Bioenergy, Journal of Cleaner Production, and Proceedings of the IEEE. I have been PI or Co-I on 26 competitive grants, consultancies and studentships worth a total of £27.4M

I am a core member of the UKRI-BBSRC Bioscience for Renewable Resources and Clean Growth Strategic Advisory Panel and serve on the management boards of the EPSRC Centre for Resilient Decarbonised Energy Systems, UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) and Nottingham Energy Institute (NEI).

I regularly represent the Supergen Bioenergy Hub at policy and industry facing events on bioenergy and BECCS governance. I have advised the CCC, House of Commons and Lords Science and Technology Committees, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and BEIS on sustainable bioenergy governance.