Noel Longhurst

Senior Research Associate in Sustainability Transitions. Msmall Longhurst, Ny current work focuses on socio-technical change with a particular focus on energy and economic systems. I have a particular research interest in the spatialities of innovation, the governance of technological change, and the role of civil society in innovation and transition processes. Empirically, my research has focused on energy transitions, complementary currencies, the Transition Towns movement and alternative food initiatives.

Since completing my PhD in Geography (University of Liverpool) at the end of 2010 I have worked as a Senior Research Associate on two projects at the UEA. I am currently working on Realising Transition Pathways, an interdisciplinary consortium of nine universities which has elaborated indicative possible future pathways for the UK electricity system (funded by EPSRC, 2012 – 2016). I have two key roles within this project. Firstly, to support the processes of interdisciplinarity, in particular by assisting with some ‘integration experiments’ that endeavour to link quantitative models with qualitative data. Secondly, to deepen the project’s understanding of actor dynamics within transition processes, with a particular focus on the roles of civil society. Previously, I was employed on Grassroots Innovation: Complementary Currencies project (funded by the Leverhulme Trust, 2010 – 2012). This project drew on insights from the sustainability transitions literature l to explore the scope and scale of the global complementary currency movement and its prospects for stimulating systemic change.

I am a member of the Science, Society and Sustainability research group at the UEA and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I have successfully supervised both masters and undergraduate dissertations. I co-convene ENV-MA75 Narratives of Environmental Change and teach on ENV 2A42 Energy and People and ENV MA83 Sustainable Consumption.

3S strands:
Transitions to sustainability
Participation and engagement

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)

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