Dr Gareth Thomas

Dr Gareth Thomas

Research Associate

School of Psychology

Research summary

My  research interests lie at the intersection between technology and  psycho-socially and institutionally derived ideas, identities, values and  practices. In particular I am interested how objects and technologies are  interpreted and enacted in context. In previous work I have examined these  processes in relation to innovation policy and the construction of waste in  everyday life. At present I am researching perceptions around CO2  capture and storage (CCS) technologies, with a particular focus on how experts  and publics situate CCS in relation to ideas and values centred on future risk  and trust in authorities.

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.

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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