The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Staff Profile

Dr Gareth Powells

Lecturer in Human Geography

Background

I am a human geographer with four interconnecting areas of research interest:

  1. Energy and Infrastructures: My research has focussed on the economic geographies, politics and environmental dimensions of energy and infrastructure networks.
  2. Everyday life: Central to my research is an ongoing interest in understanding how everyday life is conducted in complex, iteratively structured and dynamic contexts.
  3. Economic Geographies: I am interested in multi-scalar and spatially connective economies of places and practices. I pursue this interest in research on infrastructures, housing, technology and labour.
  4. Integration of qualitative, quantitative and spatial data: I am inspired by the challenge of working with a range of data types to derive insight and see this as central to my work as a researcher and teacher. 

Research

I am currently focusing on my work on:

  1. The national centre for energy system integration (CESI).
  2. Hydrogen in Everyday Life: Here I am looking at the possible use of hydrogen as an energy source for UK homes and businesses. Drawing on theories of practice, ideas about risk perception and acceptance and geographies of fear.

I am keen to meet students and researchers at any career stage to develop new research.

Publications