PhD Researcher in Sustainable Futures (ESRC +3)
School of Geography,University of Bristol
Start date: September 2017
Research topic: Community energy landscapes
As we shift away from large fossil-fuel power stations, power generation is no longer the preserve of a few big companies. Community groups can own wind turbines or solar farms, generating profit to help local services while they tackle CO2 emissions. But community involvement does not guarantee local support, or a smooth path through the planning process. Most studies about contentious renewable energy projects have looked at private-sector schemes; my research will address what happens when there is disagreement within a community. I will look at different interpretations of what ‘community energy’ is and ask how people are affected by changes to places and landscapes arising from new ways of generating and managing power.
Research supervisors: Professor Patrick Devine-Wright (Exeter), Professor Katie Williams (UWE), Dr Catherine Butler (Exeter)
Professional memberships/Positions held: SWDTP Student Rep