O’Sullivan, Kate

Kate O'Sullivan
Start date:
October 2015
Research Topic:
The Impact of Energy Transitions on Vulnerable Peripheral Communities
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Oleg Golubchikov, Dr Abid Mehmood
Supervising school:
School of Planning and Geography,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

The aim of this project is to investigate new governance challenges arising from low-carbon transition in peripheral communities in and around the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Wales.

A theoretical framework based on theories of Spatial Justice will be adopted and, with this in mind, the following research questions have been set:

  • How do energy transitions interplay with the socio-economic evolution of place?
  • How do communities of different status engage with energy practices and innovations?
  • How can different communities capacity to adapt to the new energy agenda be increased in times of austerity?
  • How do existing governance systems and structures impact upon communities resilience to energy transitions?
  • How can theoretical and methodological perspectives for understanding the impacts of low-carbon innovations in vulnerable communities be developed, to inform future innovation and practice rollout?