Peter Simmons

Simmons, PSenior Lecturer in Environmental Sciences. My research is informed by sociology, human geography and science & technology studies (STS) and has involved working with colleagues from a variety of disciplines in the social and physical sciences. My current research interests include: relations of knowledge and expertise; the experience and management of situated risk (including both technological and natural hazards); interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research; socio-technical perspectives on energy systems; and energy justice. I am currently a partner in an international project on Strengthening Resilience in Volcanic Areas (Streva: This interdisciplinary, consortium based project is funded by NERC and ESRC and involves partners from several UK universities and research partners in the Caribbean, Colombia and Ecuador. I have also pursued this interest through a series of PhD projects, most of them interdisciplinary projects co-supervised with colleagues from the natural sciences, on volcanic risk. My other research has focused mainly on the nuclear sector, in particular on issues associated with radioactive waste management. Recent work includes two interdisciplinary projects on geological disposal of radioactive waste, both funded by the European Commission’s Framework 7 Programme. The first, MoDeRn – – focused on the monitoring of geological repositories and involved exploratory stakeholder engagement. The second, InSOTEC – – aimed to map and analyse a range of socio-technical challenges to geological disposal. Other projects focused on the nuclear sector include a comparative study of stakeholder involvement and participation in the field of radioactive waste management, CARL – – carried out with research partners from Belgium, Finland, Slovenia and Sweden; and a study of local experience of living with nuclear facilities, conducted in collaboration with colleagues at Cardiff University and funded as part of the ESRC Priority Network in Social Context and Risk Response (SCARR) – I was also involved in exploring the potential for whole-system equity analysis of nuclear power as part of the EPSRC-ESRC-funded Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability (InCluESEV) –

3S strands:
Knowledges and Expertise

Participation and Engagement


Strengthening Resilience to Natural Hazards in Volcanic Areas (STREVA)                                                                     International Socio-Technical Challenges for implementing geological disposal  (InSOTEC)                                           Monitoring Developments for Safe Repository Operation and Staged Closure (MoDeRn)                                       Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability (InCluESEV)

Citizen Science for Disaster Risk Reduction


PhD students:
Dave Litchfield
Charlotte Monteil

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