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Professor of Environmental Social Science, University of Central Lancashire

John has a multi-disciplinary background in the Natural and Social Sciences with expertise in developing and applying novel social science research methods across these disciplines, in both academic and practice-based settings.

John is a Director of the UCLan Centre for Sustainable Transitions – a research centre that brings together Engineers, Social Scientists and Psychologists to work on the systemic challenges presented by the social impacts of Climate Change. He works extensively with farmers in the UK and Kenya, to support them in the transition to sustainable practices. He also works with young people in Kenyan agroforestry communities to support them into sustainable forms of employment – away from activities that focus on deforestation.


  • 2017–present
    Co-director, Institute Citizenship, Society and Change
  • 2019–present
    Co-director, Centre for Sustainable Transitions


  • 2010 
    University of Manchester, PhD