Andrew Karvonen is Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy and a Lecturer in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Manchester. His research activities bridge the design disciplines and the social sciences with a particular focus on urban sustainability. He combines ideas from Science and Technology Studies (STS), Urban Geography, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Environmental History to study how humans, nature, and technology are interlinked in cities.
Andy has completed projects on the politics of urban drainage, the socio-technical dimensions of domestic energy consumption, and the tensions between technical expertise and sustainable development. He published a 2011 monograph with the MIT Press titled Politics of Urban Runoff: Nature, Technology and the Sustainable City and has published several articles in journals such asEnvironment and Planning A, Progress in Planning, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. His current research projects are examining the promise of community-based domestic retrofit programmes and the re-introduction of heat networks in UK cities.