Nick Hacking's academic background is in Geography (BA Hons) and Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy (MSc). He is currently studying part-time for a PhD in the spatial aspects of modelling low-carbon energy transitions. Previously, he has undertaken interdisciplinary research into attempts to improve sustainability outcomes in the UK planning system via public engagement.
Nick's research interests centre on sustainability transitions towards low-carbon energy use especially in the built environment. His work focuses on the empirical testing of models of managed transitions and their policy implications. He is currently undertaking a socio-technical analysis of a managed transition towards greater use of hydrogen and fuel cells in national economies. For this work, funded by the EPSRC's Supergen XIV 'Delivery of Sustainable Hydrogen' consortium, he is collaborating with colleagues at the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) in Wales, Supergen XIV consortium partners in the UK and others in the international hydrogen and fuel cell research community.
Nick is a member of The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) as well as the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN).
In practical terms, policy-makers want to know how, when and where innovation can be encouraged and supported. This PhD examines attempts to incorporate scale and territory into the modelling of technological transition pathways in the UK low-carbon energy sector. Nick's work starts by characterising communities of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs into actor-networks who are involved in the process of building up specific technological innovation systems (TISs). He then refines his analysis of this innovative activity in terms of the appropriate territorial boundaries for the various multi-scalar - or 'global-local' - social processes linked to innovation. Finally, theoretical and policy conclusions will be drawn for those pursuing low-carbon transition policy-making and its evaluation.