Professor at the DEMAND Centre and Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

My broad area of research interest is the social and spatial dimensions of environmental, sustainability and risk issues.

Recent research and writing has focused on:

- environmental justice theory, concepts and practice and the investigation of inequalities in the distribution of environmental goods and bads ('Environmental Justice: Concepts, Evidence and Politics' Routledge 2012);

- sustainability, social practice, and transitions, working with Elizabeth Shove and others in the Sustainable Practices Research Group (ESRC/DEFRA funded led by Manchester University);

- energy demand and use, energy poverty, vulnerability and thermal comfort (EPSRC projects 'Conditioning Demand' and the 'Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability')

- the social dimensions of sustainable energy technologies, public engagement with community energy projects (TSEC Beyond Nimbysim and Community Energy Initiatives projects);

- risk governance and risk communication related to floods and technological risks (EU CAPHAZ, SCENARIO and ARMONIA projects);

- the use and production of environmental science by NGOs and the commodification of science in consumer products (collaborating with Sally Eden);

- the use of Q-methodology in geographical research.


  • –present
    Professor, Lancaster University