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Dr Heather Lovell

Reader, School of Geosciences

Research and Interests

Dr Heather Lovell is a Reader in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, UK. She has a first degree in geography and has researched and taught social aspects of climate change and energy for the past fifteen years. She has held research positions at Durham and Oxford Universities, the University of Technology (Sydney), and in UK Parliament. Her research to date spans Sociology and Human Geography, and covers two main topics: carbon markets and accounting, and low-energy housing. Her interest is in better understanding contemporary sociotechnical transitions, playing close attention to the policies, practices and politics of change. It furthers our understanding of why and how technology and policy change takes place in response to big environmental problems such as climate change.  She has funded by the UK Research Councils (ESRC, EPSRC), the UK Tyndall Centre, and the Nuffield Foundation. From early 2015 she will be based in Australia, working on an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship project ‘Smart Grids, Messy Communities’.