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Dr Noel Longhurst

Lecturer in Energy & Climate Change, School of Environmental Sciences

Email: n.longhurst@uea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1603 59 1385 Location:

Biography

I am an economic geographer by training and my research focuses on the geographies of sustainability innovation. I have a particular interest in three research topics i) the roles of civil society in innovation processes; ii) theorizing socio-technical systemic change; and iii) sustainable urban economies.

Empirically, my research has focused on energy transitions, alternative currencies, the Transition Towns movement and alternative food initiatives. My PhD research was an ethnographic study of how an ‘alternative milieu’ developed around the town of Totnes, Devon, and the extent to which this supports the emergence of grassroots economic experiments or enhances their longevity.  

Since completing my PhD in Geography (University of Liverpool) at the end of 2010 I have worked as a Senior Research Associate on four projects at the UEA.

Currently I am working on the UKERC funded Equity and Justice in Energy Markets. Working in partnership with a housing association we are researching the lived experiences of energy vulneranility and the multiple ways in which they interene in the energy lives of their tenants. 

Between 2012 and 2016 I worked on Transformative Social Innovation Theory (TRANSIT). The purpose of this project is to develop a theory of transformative social innovation which explores the conditions under which social innovations can have a transformative or empowering effect. I led the research on the Transition Towns movement which was one of 20 empirical cases whilst also contributing to the overall theoretical development.    

Over the same period I also worked on Realising Transition Pathways, an interdisciplinary consortium of nine universities which has elaborated indicative possible future pathways for the UK electricity system (funded by EPSRC). The core focus of my work on this project was to deepen the project’s understanding of actor dynamics within transition processes, with a particular focus on the roles of civil society.

Previously to this, between 2010 and 2012 I was employed on Grassroots Innovation: Complementary Currencies project (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). This project drew on insights from the sustainability transitions literature l to explore the scope and scale of the global complementary currency movement and its prospects for stimulating systemic change.  

I am a member of the Science, Society and Sustainability research group at the UEA and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I have successfully supervised both masters and undergraduate dissertations. I teach on range of different module including ENV 2A42 Energy and People and ENV MA83 Sustainable Consumption.

All Publications

Longhurst, N., Avelino, F., Wittmayer, J., Weaver, P., Dumitru, A., Hielscher, S., Cipolla, C., Afonso, R., Kunze, I., Elle, M.

(2017)

Experimenting with alternative economies: Four emergent counter-narratives of urban economic development,

in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability

22

pp. 69–74

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Seyfang, G., Longhurst, N.

(2016)

What Influences the Diffusion of Grassroots Innovations for Sustainability? Investigating Community Currency Niches,

in Technology Analysis and Strategic Management

28

(1)

pp. 1-23

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Chilvers, J., Longhurst, N.

(2016)

Participation in Transition(s): Reconceiving Public Engagements in Energy Transitions as Co-Produced, Emergent and Diverse,

in Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning

18

(5)

pp. 585-607

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Longhurst, N.

(2015)

Towards an ‘alternative’ geography of innovation: Alternative milieu, socio-cognitive protection and sustainability experimentation,

in Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

17

pp. 183-198

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Seyfang, G., Longhurst, N.

(2013)

Desperately seeking niches: Grassroots innovations and niche development in the community currency field,

in Global Environmental Change

23

(5)

pp. 881-891

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


North, P., Longhurst, N.

(2013)

Grassroots Localisation?: The Scalar Potential of and Limits of the 'Transition' Approach to Climate Change and Resource Constraint,

in Urban Studies

50

(7)

pp. 1423-1438

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Seyfang, G., Longhurst, N.

(2013)

Growing green money? Mapping community currencies for sustainable development,

in Ecological Economics

86

pp. 65-77

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Longhurst, N.

(2013)

The emergence of an alternative milieu: Conceptualising the nature of alternative places,

in Environment and Planning A

45

(9)

pp. 2100-2119

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hargreaves, T., Longhurst, N., Seyfang, G.

(2013)

Up, down, round and round: connecting regimes and practices in innovation for sustainability,

in Environment and Planning A

45

(2)

pp. 402-420

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Longhurst, N.

(2012)

The Totnes Pound: A grassroots technological niche,

in Enterprising Communities.

Emerald

pp. 163-183

ISBN 978-1-78052-484-9

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Chilvers, J., Longhurst, N.

(2012)

Participation, Politics and Actor Dynamics in Low Carbon Energy Transitions,

University of East Anglia

(Other report)

(Published)


Longhurst, N., Chilvers, J.

(2012)

Interdiscriplinary in Transition? A Technical Report into the interdisciplinary of the Transition Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy Consortium, Science, Society and Sustainability Research Group, University of East Anglia, Norwich,

University of East Anglia

(Other report)

(Published)


Bucio, A., Longhurst, N., Graugaard, J.

(2012)

Energy Densities: Why do they matter for Sustainability Transitions, 3S working paper 2012-08: Science, Society and Sustainability Research Group, Univeristy of East Anglia,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Longhurst, N., Seyfang, G.

(2011)

Complementary Currencies: The state of the art,

in International Journal of Community Currency Research

15

(D)

(Special issue)

(Published)


Saltmarsh, N., Meldrum, J., Longhurst, N.

(2011)

The impact of community supported agriculture,

in Bristol Soil Association

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Seyfang, G., Haxeltine, A., Hargreaves, T., Longhurst, N.

(2010)

Energy and communities in transition - Towards a new research agenda on agency and civil society in sustainability transitions,

in Working Paper - Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment

(1)

pp. 1-21

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Key research interests:

 Economic geography; Sustainability transitions; grassroots innovation; sustainable consumption; urban sustainability; geographies of innovation; alternative economic spaces; technological change; social innovation; open innovation; new economics; political economy; post-capitalism; post-consumerism; social economy; diverse economies; utopianism; intentional communities; countercultures; alternative places.     

 

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