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Energy Research Cluster

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 interrogate 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.


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.

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Research that matters

Our research makes a difference to people’s lives as we work across disciplines to tackle major challenges facing society, the economy and our environment.


Postgraduate research

Our research degrees give the opportunity to investigate a specific topic in depth among field-leading researchers.


Our research impact

Our research case studies highlight some of the areas where we deliver positive research impact.