Energy Research Cluster (CPLAN-ERC)

The Energy Research Cluster brings together scholars from across all School of Geography and Planning research groups who are concerned with policy and societal perspectives on energy, climate change, and low-carbon transitions.

We interrogates energy as a socio-technical, political and spatial system that interplays with the economy, politics and wellbeing of places and communities in complex ways and at different scales.

Aims

Apart from contributing to academic debates in important ways, our research has a strong policy impact.

It advocates a change in conventional technocratic approaches to the low-carbon and climate agendas to more holistic and nuanced perspectives, with a better understanding of the relationship between energy technologies and their social contexts.

The research engages with the policy making of many key regional, national and international institutions.

Our research encompasses a large variety of themes, including, for example:

  • community engagement in energy projects
  • relationships between energy systems and social justice
  • eco-cities, eco-developments and energy efficient housing
  • the politics of low-carbon urban development
  • decarbonising the transport sector
  • the impact of devolution on the planning and delivery of renewable energy
  • the role of space, scale and state in climate change politics
  • fossil-fuel and nuclear-energy economies
  • regional resilience and innovation studies

These broad interests converge on a shared concern with the role of space and place in energy and climate governance.

Energy systems and energy transitions are not place-neutral but are rather understood as part of the contextualised landscape of institutional and socio-economic evolution. Transition to a low-carbon society adds a further degree of complexity to the energy/space nexus.

We explore the relationships between spatial practices and the material and discursive circulation of energy and investigates the differentiated processes and impacts of energy transitions across cities, regions, social groups and industries.

Lead

Dr Oleg Golubchikov

Dr Oleg Golubchikov

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Email:
golubchikovo@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 9310

Academic staff

Professor Gillian Bristow

Professor Gillian Bristow

Dean for Research for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor in Economic Geography

Email:
bristowg1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5388
Crispian Cooper

Dr Crispin Cooper

Research Associate (PLACE)

Email:
cooperch@cardiff.ac.uk
Dr Richard Cowell

Dr Richard Cowell

Reader in Environmental Policy and Planning

Email:
cowellrj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6684
Dr Andrew P. Kythreotis

Dr Andrew Kythreotis

Lecturer / Cardiff Fellow

Email:
kythreotisa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6063
Professor Paul Milbourne

Professor Paul Milbourne

Head of the School of Geography and Planning

Email:
milbournep@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5791
Professor Kevin Morgan

Professor Kevin Morgan

Professor of Governance and Development

Email:
morgankj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 76090
Dr Georgina Santos

Dr Georgina Santos

Senior Lecturer

Email:
santosg@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4462
Dr Li Yu

Dr Li Yu

Senior Lecturer

Email:
yul@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 208 79333