Mae'r cynnwys hwn ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.
Alister joined the Sustainable Places Research Institute in October 2013 as part of his PhD research project in the school of Geography and Planning entitled 'Building Community Resilience: The Role for Community Energy Projects in Sustainable Place Making'.
His current research project is an ESRC and Welsh Government funded collaboration examining the differential ways in which community energy may be configured to address the needs of the fuel poor. The emerging conceptual framework draws on notions of entitlement and justice in seeking to address both the social and environmental conflicts and contradictions propagated by large-scale, centralised models of energy distribution and consumption characteristic of modern societies.
Alister previously completed the MSc Global Security (Social and Cultural Perspectives), graduating with Distinction from the University of Glasgow (2012) and holds a BA (Hons) Business Law and Politics from the University of Stirling (2004).
Prior to coming to Cardiff, Alister conducted research on Scottish climate change policy and Scotland's role as an environmental actor in the broader context of environmental security; with a specific interest in local and community solutions to climate change manifest through the land reform movement in Scotland.
- Environmental Security
- Climate Change
- Community and Solidarity
- Land Reform
Alister's current research project is an ESRC and Welsh Government funded collaboration. It aims to examine the different ways that community energy projects in urban areas shape new pathways and trajectories for living more sustainably whilst envisaging more just and equitable social and ecological relations.
Energy use, demand, supply and consumption are a set of deeply entrenched processes and repertoires; complicit in the constitution and reproduction of modern social, political and economic arrangements and practices and concurrent insecurities at multiple scales. Energy choices, and the transitions that renewable technologies and distributed energy systems characteristic of the rhetoric of community energy imply, beckon distinct alternate imaginaries of the future.
The present study will have a particular emphasis on the impact that engagement with such initiatives has in the alleviation of fuel poverty; although will also inform knowledge of how such initiatives augment wider processes of resilience building. This will enhance understanding of how such processes can both contribute towards the (re)negotiation of multiple dimensions of security in daily life and, through a community resilience framework, envisage more equitable, sustainable and secure futures.
The study will employ a participatory action research approach with specific case studies in specific settings thereby shaping greater critical engagement with the possibilities of community-led initiatives in specific places. How such initiatives are framed and mobilised in particular settings have implications for the way that places, people and perceptions are reshaped, rescaled and redefined in diverse and powerful ways. Examination of community energy initiatives in Wales will evaluate the ways that such processes both contribute towards underlining global responsibilities in relation to place whilst building a more progressive sense of place that addresses multiple dimensions of insecurity and redefines the boundaries of possibility.
Energy and Equity Revisited: The Case of Community Energy and Fuel Poverty in Wales
My research explores the co-constitution of energy and equity within our energy systems; with a particular concern for the role that community energy models play in contributing towards the (re)negotiation of social justice within energy systems broadly conceived. Large-scale, centralised models of energy systems, ubiquitous across the industrialised world, provide energy at an unprecedented scale in real time. More recently, however, research around the emergent theme of energy justice has unveiled that despite the outward appearance of an energy system that delivers safe, clean and affordable energy for all, access to energy is in fact highly contingent and fragmented whilst its associated benefits are unevenly distributed across society. With the increasing presence of communities playing an active part in the negotiation of their own energy futures, my research examines the role of community energy as a vehicle for achieving social justice objectives – particularly in the context of fuel poverty in Wales – and for mapping and examining local perceptions of community benefit as a tool for exploring the diversity of ways in which community energy contributes towards the mediation of local and social objectives beyond the environmental.
ESRC; Welsh Government; Cardiff University