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Dr Ronan Bolton

Lecturer, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

Research and Interests

Ronan Bolton is Lecturer in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) at the School of Social and Political Science. His research examines the policy, market and regulatory challenges of transforming high carbon energy systems and enabling the deployment and diffusion of low carbon technologies and practices. Drawing from science and technology studies, innovation studies, and governance perspectives, his work has examined the changing relationships between regulators, government, energy companies, users and local authorities in the governance of energy systems at both the national and urban scales in the UK and internationally. His PhD research at Leeds looked at the social shaping of electricity and heat distribution networks in the UK. More recently he has examined new investment patterns in the electricity generation sector and the development of a European integrated electricity market in collaboration with the Scottish Government and ClimateXChange (Scotland's national centre for expertise on climate change).