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Dr Gareth Thomas

Dr Gareth Thomas

Research Associate

School of Psychology

Overview

My research background is in policy, science and technology studies specialising in the social acceptability of socio-technical transitions, particularly in the field of energy. My most recent research has examined issues of justice, vulnerability and social acceptability relating to transitions towards more flexible energy systems, and the ways identities and experiences rooted in place shape citizens’ concerns and desires for transitions towards a low carbon economy. Wider interests include discourse and institutional theory, and novel methods for bringing identity and emotional attachment into public deliberations over sociotechnical change.

Biography

Postgraduate education

2016- PhD, University of  Birmingham (EPSRC funded). Thesis title: Constructing the Hydrogen and Fuel  Cell Community: a case study of networked innovation governance.

Publications

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2019

2018

2017

2016

Research topics and related papers

I am currently a member of the School of Psychology’s  Understanding Risk Group, working on the EPSRC funded project CO2  Injection and Storage- short and long term behaviour at different spatial  scales. This project is examining risks associated with CO2 injection and  storage, a technology that aims to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions by  capturing them at power plants and other industrial sources and injecting them  deep underground, thus preventing them from contributing to climate change.  Researchers from the Understanding Risk Group will be conducting deliberative  workshops to examine how trust and wider values shape how experts and members  of the public perceive the risks and benefits associated with CO2 injection and  storage.

In previous work I have provided qualitative analysis for  Cardiff’s Energy Biographies Project, in particular focusing on how  psycho-social experiences of practices and interdependency texture subjects  constructions of waste in everyday life. My PhD focused on UK innovation policy,  specifically in relation to hydrogen energy technologies. Drawing insights from  science and technologies studies and policy studies it developed an  interpretive case study account of the role of ideas and power in innovation  governance processes.

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