Phedeas’s PhD research focuses on how the economic crisis influences grassroots civil action for sustainability. It aims to investigate the impacts and effects of the downturn on complementary currency networks and the associated practices of the actors involved. PhD (2012-2015) supervised by Gill Seyfang and Tom Hargreaves at the University of East Anglia Overview: Discussions about …
Jake’s PhD research focuses on the nature of community energy innovations and the journeys they undertake. As such it complements the meso level focus on ‘niches’ of the larger research project ‘Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy’ and develops temporal knowledge on how grassroots actors go about their innovations.
This project is analysing the contribution of organised civil society in the UK towards sustainability transitions in the socio- technical trajectories of food production and consumption. Specifically, the study aims to describe and explain the different innovative strategies adopted by civil society actors wishing to influence the direction of those trajectories.
This PhD research compares innovative community energy projects in Finland and the UK, identifies key support mechanisms or barriers for community energy development, and analyses how the projects fit the countries’ national energy policies
Jeppe’s PhD research focuses on how narratives can create cohesion around novel ideas and practices in sociotechnical niches, through an in-depth case study of the Dark Mountain Project, a cultural movement that emerged from a critique of the progress narrative of modern societies.
Richard’s PhD research focuses on the role that a community approach may play in facilitating efforts to tackle climate change. It aims to investigate the impacts and effects of using community as a means of engaging people with climate change as an issue.
This project studies the growth and diffusion of complementary currencies (new forms of money) around the world, and aims to better understand how to harness them to contribute to sustainable development
This 3-year research project studies the diffusion of community energy projects in the UK, such as cooperatively-owned windfarms, behaviour change initiatives and solar clubs.
This project examines inclusive innovation and the present-day programmes and social movements which promote it.
This project examined how social experiments with alternative technologies – organic food, eco-housing and wind energy – have attained wider influence.