About us

The research team

Andrew DobsonAndrew Dobson

Professor of Politics at Keele University and Principal Investigator on this project

Andy specializes in environmental political theory, and the 4th edition of his Green Political Thought was published in 2006. His most recent monograph is Citizenship and the Environment (Oxford University Press, 2003). He co-edited Biosecurity: the socio-politics of invasive species and infectious diseases (Earthscan/Routledge, 2013) with Kezia Barker and Sarah Taylor, and his Listening for Democracy: recognition, representation, reconciliation (Oxford University Press) will be published in 2014. He also works at the interface between the academy and the policy community, and in 2010 published a Rapid Research Review on 'Environmental Citizenship and Pro-Environmental Behaviour' for the Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN).

Visit his website: www.andrewdobson.com

Email: a.n.h.dobson@keele.ac.uk

Philip CatneyPhilip Catney

Senior Lecturer in Politics at Keele University

Phil's research focuses on environmental policy, urban regeneration, British public policy and political economy. He has authored and co-authored papers in journals such as the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, British Politics, Public Administration, Critical Social Policy, Environmental Hazards, Journal of Environmental Management, Local Environment, Planning Theory and Practice, among others. Philip is also a frequent contributor to national and local media.

Email: p.j.j.catney@keele.ac.uk

Sherilyn MacGregorSherilyn MacGregor

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Politics at Keele University

The main focus of Sherilyn's research is the relationship between gender relations and environmental politics, particularly around issues of activism, citizenship and unpaid, life-sustaining or caring labour. She is author of Beyond Mothering Earth: Ecological Citizenship and the Politics of Care (UBC Press, 2006) and a number of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the gendered dimensions of environmental change. She is a Joint Editor of Environmental Politics journal and a convenor of the Environmental Politics Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Email: s.macgregor@keele.ac.uk

Mark Ormerod Mark Ormerod

Professor of Clean Technology within the Institute for the Environment, Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Keele University

In addition to Mark's research on sustainable processes and more sustainable technologies, particularly in the areas of fuel cells, clean catalysis, sustainable materials chemistry and conversion of waste biomass and biogas, he has been very active for many years in promoting public awareness and understanding of sustainability and sustainable energy approaches, and increasing public engagement in sustainability issues and promoting behavioural change and pro-environmental behaviour, particularly in educationally and socially disadvantaged communities, and the role individuals and communities can play.

Email: r.m.ormerod@keele.ac.uk

Zoe RobinsonZoe Robinson

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science at Keele University

In 2006 Zoe, alongside Mark Ormerod, co-founded the environmental education group 'Science for Sustainability' which provides sustainability outreach to schools, school teachers, community groups and the wider public. Zoe has worked closely for several years with Borough, District and County Councils and third sector organisations on a number of projects relating to environmental education in schools and communities, and issues surrounding fuel poverty intervention strategies. This work is carried out alongside Zoe's continuing research investigating water resources and environmental change in glacierised catchments, and numerous other sustainability-related research and educational projects.

Email: z.p.robinson@keele.ac.uk

Simon RossSimon Ross

Project Manager at Marches Energy Agency, a leading UK climate change social enterprise

Simon works with a range of organisations including energy companies, local authorities, other NGOs, communities and community groups to deliver a range of bespoke practical projects around sustainable energy and climate change. Increasingly Simon's interests are moving more in to the behavioural change aspects of his work and exploring ways in which a deep change could possibly bring about a shift in attitude and response to climate change. This is not to lose sight of the importance of the practical response too, which remains crucial, but more a joint exploration of both strands and how they might support each other. This project has provided Simon with an excellent framework on which to build future projects, but always with an eye on that breakthrough which will, at some stage, come.

Email: simon@mea.org.uk

Neil SimcockNeil Simcock

Research Associate since September 2012

Neil received his PhD in November 2012 from Lancaster University, entitled 'Imposition or "the will of the people"? Procedural justice in the implementation of community wind energy projects'. It examined local perceptions of fairness regarding the planning and implementation of community wind projects. Overall, Neil's research interests broadly encompass ideas of justice, democracy and deliberation, and the potential for 'community' scale initiatives in response to climate change. Following the end of the RECCKN project, Neil moved back to Lancaster University to take up a research associate position in the DEMAND Centre.

Sarah Marie HallSarah Marie Hall

Research Associate working with MEA and communities in Shrewsbury between May 2011 and mid-September 2012

Sarah's research interests revolve around ethics, consumption and family practices, alongside developing ethnographic techniques. She completed her Ph.D. in Geography at The University of Liverpool, titled 'Exploring and Articulating Ethics in Consumption: A Multi-Method Analysis of the Ethics of Consumption'. Her research explored how people form moral identities and how these are translated into consumption practices and decision-making. After this, Sarah worked as a Research Fellow at The University of Salford looking at environmental sustainability, civil society and corporate citizenship in the Russian Federation. She left the RECCKN project to take up a Hallsworth Research Fellowship at The University of Manchester, where she is researching the impact of economic recessions and austerity on family relationships and consumption practices by using ethnographic research methods.

Sarah (Hards) RoystonSarah (Hards) Royston

Research Associate for the Newcastle-under-Lyme part of the project from May 2011 until late-November 2012

Prior to this project, Sraha completed a PhD at The University of York on 'Careers of Action on Climate Change: The evolution of practices throughout the life-course’. Her research explored the role of social interaction and networks in shaping individuals' environmental behaviour, using in-depth qualitative methods. Sarah previously worked for Friends of the Earth, and as a researcher for Parliament. Having left RECCKN in November 2012, Sarah now works as a researcher at the Association for the Conservation of Energy.