Localism and Energy: Negotiating approaches to Embedding Resilience in Energy Systems

Energy Policy is a key research area of mine. Specifically I am interested in the development of decentralised, low carbon, community focussed energy systems as a counter to the inherent vulnerability of conventional energy systems to social, economic and environmental shocks. As part of my research into this subject, I co-authored a paper, published in the journal Energy Policy, with Dr. Geoff O’Brien…

How to Manage a Research Library with Zotero

Keeping up to date with research and managing an increasing number of journal articles and other material is a vital skill of academics and graduate students… Here I set out my workflow developed over the lat few years using tools such as Zotero, Dropbox , my iPad and Goodreader. Together these tools, and others, see me through from article discovery, through cataloguing and…

10 PhD Viva Survival Tips

The PhD ‘viva voce‘ (Latin for ‘by live voice’) examination, or oral defence, is the final hurdle in the journey towards gaining the doctoral degree that you have worked for so long and hard over the last 3-6 years. The viva serves a number of purposes: to clarify any issues relating to specific parts of the…

16 Essential Academic iPad Apps

I have been using an iPad at work and home for about  a year now and it has quickly become an indespensible tool for managing research and academic writing. Initially many colleagues were a little suspicious or sceptical about my use of the iPad at work, flashing me looks when I pulled it put at meetings…