Tom Hargreaves

Hargreaves, T

Lecturer in Environmental Sciences and expert in governing energy practices. My research focuses on how innovations to promote sustainability impact upon people’s everyday lives. Within this broad focus I am particularly interested in the inter-relationships between: the dynamics and evolution of social practices, how technologies are adopted and used in everyday life, and the effects of attempts to govern everyday life to try and steer it in more sustainable directions. In pursuing these interests, my work is situated at the interface between human geography, environmental sociology and science and technology studies.

My research is of direct relevance to a wide range of audiences beyond academia and I am always seeking to develop new partnerships beyond the academy. For example, in the last few years I have developed a series of masterclasses on ‘behaviour change for a low carbon future’ (with Adapt Low Carbon); I have presented my work on domestic electricity use to the Department of Energy and Climate Change, E.On and at an International Energy Agency workshop on energy demand; and I have co-authored a report on the roles of Champions approaches in encouraging pro-environmental behaviour in Universities (commissioned by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education).

Since September 2012 I have been a Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA. In this role I convene a module on Energy and People and I also teach aspects of other modules on Sustainable Consumption; Sustainability and Society; Global Environmental Challenges, Theory of Environmental Assessment and Social Science Research Skills. As a researcher, I am a member of the Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) research group at UEA and am also the Treasurer of the British Sociological Association’s Study Group on Climate Change.

3S Strands:
Transitions to Sustainability
Sustainable Consumption
Knowledges and Expertise
Policy and Governance


Systemic participation and decision making in UK energy transitions

REFIT – exploring the domestication and use of smart home technologies in everyday life (funded by EPSRC, 2012-2015)

Realising Transition Pathways – exploring ways of integrating qualitative and quantitative data on domestic electricity use and demand response (funded by EPSRC, 2012-2016)

TRANSIT – Transformative Social Innovation Theory (2014-2017)

Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy (CISE) – exploring community energy initiatives as forms of sociotechnical ‘grassroots innovation’ (funded by EPSRC/EdF ECLEER, 2010-2013)

Transition Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy (funded by EPSRC and E-ON, 2008-2012)

The Visible Energy Trial 

PhD Students:
Richard Hauxwell-Baldwin (2009-2013)
Phedeas Stephanides (2012-)
Rachel Macrorie (2011-)
James Graham (2014-)

Tel: +44 (0)1603 593116

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