Environment, Energy & Resilience

Ed Atkins

Environment, Energy & Resilience

PhD Researcher in Environment, Energy & Resilience (ESRC 1+3)
School of LAW / SPAIS, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2013

Research Topic: The role of discourse in the management of water

My work has found itself focusing on the competing perceptions of the environment and, in particular, water and how such understandings interact and compete within discourse. Utilising the case study of dam construction in contemporary Brazil, this is with a particular focus on the discourses used to deflect opposition to important schemes of reform and infrastructure construction. My wider research interests include the narratives of climate change, environmental conflict and the Anthropocene. 

Research supervisors: Dr Adrian Flint, Dr Roy Maconachie

Professional memberships/Postions held: Member of International Water Resources Association, Member of South West Research Cooperative

E-mail: ed.atkins@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: @edatkins_

Jess Britton

Environment, Energy & Resilience

PhD Researcher in Environment, Energy & Resilience (ESRC 1+3)
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2012

Research Topic: The role of the city-scale in energy transitions: heat networks in the UK and Germany

My research examines the development of heat networks in the UK and Germany with particularly focus on the role of municipal utilities. The research will explore the integration of heat networks into the energy system and models of city scale energy provision and ownership. More broadly the project aims to explore the interaction of different actors, institutions and governance in urban energy infrastructure in order to better understand scale in socio-technical transitions. My broader research interests focus on low carbon innovation at a local level, particularly exploring the role of local authorities in energy governance, policy development and implementation.

Research supervisors: Dr Bridget Woodman, Dr David Sweeting

Professional memberships: Member of British Institute of Energy Economics, Member of Regional Studies Association

E-mail: j.britton@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Jessica (Whiting) Britton

Twitter: @jesswhiting 

Pamela Buchan

Environment, Energy & Resilience

PhD Researcher in Environment, Energy & Resilience (ESRC 1+3)
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Investigating marine citizenship and its role in creating good marine environmental health

This research will critically analyse the spectrum of stakeholder engagement and participatory approaches employed within the marine environmental sector in the UK. In collaboration with case-study partners it will empirically examine examples of applied citizen science and engagement in marine policy and planning, to illuminate successful methods that can be applied to environmental policy more broadly. This interdisciplinary research will bridge the interface between marine science, governance and policy, and behavioural and educational theories. The application of the findings will support marine and coastal environmental management through a greater understanding of how policy and management intersect with the public.

Research supervisors: Dr Louisa Evans, Dr Margherita Pieraccini

Professional memberships: Associate Member of Institution of Environmental Sciences

E-mail: pb381@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Pamela Buchan

Twitter: @Asterinidae

Jack Nicholls

Environment, Energy & Resilience

PhD Researcher in Energy, Environment and Resilience (ESRC 1+3)
School of Law and SPAIS, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: Community participation in energy infrastructure development

My research is focused on different forms of participative and deliberative mechanisms employed in the decision-making, planning and operation of energy projects. Different ownership models including, commercial, cooperative and community benefit societies are considered and localised impacts examined.

Research Supervisors: Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, Dr Therese O’Toole, Dr Margherita Pieraccini 

Professional memberships/Positions held: Council member of South West Research Cooperative

E-mail: jack.nicholls@bristol.ac.uk

Catherine Queen

Environment, Energy & Resilience

PhD Researcher in Environment, Energy & Resilience (ESRC +3)
College of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2013

Research Topic: The seldom-heard voice in public engagement with overhead power lines

I am exploring the tensions between the normative expectations of infrastructure planning, as a collaborative process, and the hard-to-reach public’s expectations of justice and fairness. There is limited literature exploring participation in Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects, especially concerning publics who are involuntarily disengaged. I am using a Case Study approach, supported by qualitative methods of data collection, to identify the existing opportunities for public knowledge contributions and the barriers to participation for hard-to-reach groups or individuals. Focus groups, semi-structured interviews and walking interviews will help me to explore effective public engagement techniques focussing on the importance of place attachment. 

Research supervisors: Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, Dr Karen Bickerstaff, Professor Alan Lewis

Professional memberships: CMLI – Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute, AIEMA – Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

E-mail: caq201@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Catherine Queen 

Carmen Smith

Environment, Energy & Resilience

PhD Researcher in Environment, Energy & Resilience (ESRC 1+3)
Department of Psychology, University of Bath

Start Date: September 2011

Research Topic: Community-Economic Initiatives: The Psychology and Organisation of Grassroots Sustainability

This study investigates economic, social and environmental resilience at the grassroots by looking at three community-economic initiatives: one LETS group, one Timebank and one Ecovillage. Two research questions ask how members understand their experience within the selected groups, and which processes lead to the formation, maintenance and contraction of these groups. This study links environmental psychology to socio-economic practices, and contributes towards the growing interdisciplinary field of complementary currencies. It provides a template for the evaluation of sustainable community-economic initiatives and concludes that these initiatives, along with their wider movements, are a promising avenue for research and development in sustainability. 

Research supervisors: Professor Alan Lewis, Professor Stuart Barr

E-mail: c.j.smith@bath.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Carmen Smith

Twitter: @carmenjayne_

Alice Venn

Environment, Energy & Resilience

PhD Researcher in Environment, Energy & Resilience (ESRC 1+3)
School of Law, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: International law and climate change

My research focuses on the protection of climate vulnerable states and communities under international law. It analyses key avenues within international environmental law, state responsibility and human rights law, capable of providing these states and communities with an effective remedy for losses incurred as a result of adverse climate change impacts. It is driven by a desire to contribute to the growing climate justice literature from an international legal perspective, taking into account the access to justice challenges which exist in practice. It includes a regional case study of the South Pacific, examining climate justice and the enforceability of international mechanisms at a more grassroots level.  

Research supervisors: Dr Margherita Pieraccini, Professor Katrina Brown

E-mail: alice.venn@bristol.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Alice Venn

Twitter: @alice_venn