Current MES Students and Research Possibilities
If you are a current MES I student and you are interested in energy research, please contact me before the end of the Semester 2 I encourage you to take my course ENVS 6121 Community, energy and planning to learn more about my approach to investigating community energy topics.
Students who work under my supervision will normally take ENVS 6121 Community, energy and planning in Winter, followed by a 3-9 credit summer independent reaching course to prepare you for theory, concept, methods and to explore your dataset, and then the transitions course by the Fall (Semester 4), when we will prepare your research proposal.
Learn more about what other students have studied in the Social Exergy & Energy Lab.
In my research, I combine my engineering and social science (geography) training to conduct empirical analysis about problems specific to how communities participate or engage in a low-carbon energy transition.
On one side, I follow trends of demand-side and local energy systems that may contribute to sustainability transitions in energy. I study and work with technology innovation researchers and networks to facilitate, characterise, and analyse the research and development, demonstration and diffusion of low-carbon or eco-innovations, with particular attention to demand-side innovations. I currently work with CLEEN2040 network, the Baumgartner Lab and Lassonde School of Engineering.
On another side, I work with political scientists, economic and human geographers, social psychologists and law scholars to better characterise and understand the socio-technical aspects of a just, democratic, and renewable transition. We use interdisciplinary analysis to understand how governance and low-carbon innovations combine and embed into communities, and how options affect social acceptance, or potentially exacerbate or improve inequalities and participation in a renewable energy transition. In this area, I have collaborations through WISER Network, A SHARED Future, SCORE, and CASTOR Network, the Canadian affiliation to STRN.
I am wrapping up the research project "Sustainable Energy Transitions: Linking Proenvironmental Behaviour to System Innovation". This project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant. The purpose of this research project is to explore the links between consumer adoption of innovations in energy services and sustainability transitions in Ontario's energy sector. I am currently working with Dr. Runa Das and Dr. Jenny Lieu on this research.
I have worked with Prof. Julie MacArthur on an assessment and comparison of community energy projects in Canada and New Zealand and on the Electricity Infrastructure chapter in the Oxford Handbook on Energy Politics.
I have conducted research with Professor Jens Lowitzsch and Felicia van Tulder about renewable energy communities in the European Clean Energy Package 2019.
In another on-going project, I am assessing the financing of clean energy decisions in the commercial sector with Dr. Travis Gliedt and Sohrab Pathan (MES alumni).
I am also working with Professor Shibani Chaudhury and a group of colleagues on a major review comparing biofuels policy, and technology between Canada and India. Professor Dawn Bazely has described this partnership in more detail here.