My background is in the history of technology, and in socio-technical transitions theory, the latter of which is a field studying large-scale technological change from a social science perspective. Most of my research involves using historical case studies to understand past examples of rapid and wide-reaching change in technical systems, and apply that to the present-day challenge of rapidly de-carbonising our societies.
I have a particular interest in mobility: My PhD studied the role of public storylines in mediating the transition from a rail-dominated transportation system to a road-dominated transportation system in the United Kingdom and the United States during the twentieth century. More recently, I have reviewed the recent history of cycling in Canada for the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and investigated the climate change implications of autonomous vehicles.
Currently, I am doing research on sustainable mobility in Canada for the Transition Accelerator.