National Centre for Energy Systems Integration

Staff Profile

Dr Gareth Powells

Senior Lecturer


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

  1. Energy and Infrastructures: My research has focused on the economic, social 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, shaped, and experienced.
  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, innovation and technology.
  4. Integration of qualitative, quantitative and spatial data: I like 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. 
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My research in geography sits at the interfaces between social and technical disciplines, between qualitative and quantitative research approaches and between academics and stakeholders.

My research currently focusses on:

  1. The national centre for energy system integration (CESI).
  2. Hydrogen: 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.
  3. Interactions between energy, local economy, work, health and other intersecting geographies of daily life.

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