Neil is a Research Associate working on the EVALUATE project, within the Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy and the geography discipline at the School of Environment, Education and Development. Neil is a human geographer by background, and his research interests centre on environmental and energy justice, ‘community’ approaches to sustainability transitions, and public engagement with renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
Neil completed his PhD at Lancaster University in 2012, which used qualitative methods to examine local perceptions of and conflict around two community wind energy projects using an environmental justice framework.
Since his PhD, Neil has worked on research projects at Keele University and Lancaster University. The first of these investigated and compared public perceptions of energy saving information in four case study communities, making recommendations of how such information might be more effectively shared and communicated. The position at Lancaster explored, theoretically and empirically, the ways that domestic energy services are implicated in achieving a minimally-decent quality of life, and how this changes over time and across contexts. He has also been involved in a number of smaller research projects looking at local resilience to climate change, perceptions of bioenergy crops in the UK, and recently a British Academy funded project on the cultural drivers of community energy across the globe.