Energy is widely understood as an essential human activity. Whether it is in the biofuel crops harvested in Kenya and Uganda or the wind turbine arrays found across much of Western Europe, energy and its procurement dominates human affairs at a fundamental level that is only matched by food production. However in recent years its utilisation is seen as becoming increasingly problematic, especially in terms of climate change and increasing vulnerabilities in energy security. Renewable energy technologies are increasingly advocated as offering a viable means towards tackling the effects of anthropogenic climate change by cutting our carbon emissions and reducing our current over-reliance on fossil fuels, with wind energy as the lead technology that can make the greatest contribution in the short-to-medium term. Therefore, understanding contemporary energy geographies is essential if we are to meet those challenges. This blog seeks to engage with this cutting-edge research.

About the Author

I’m a geographer interested in energy geographies, currently focused within European and Irish contexts. My research engages with the “new mobilities paradigm” found within contemporary cultural and economic geographies; and explores the increasingly complex enmeshments of space and mobility in both physical and representative terms. Understanding how these intersections behave informs my analysis of the key research areas I engage with, namely: European energy networks, competing representations of urban and rural spaces, current discourses on local government and spatial planning practice (again within both urban and regional contexts) and landscape studies more generally. I am also interested in how representations of nature and wildness inform debates around socio-environmental sustainability and economic development. I am particularly interested in the dynamics these socio-environmental interactions have in terms of renewable energy development. I have a doctorate in geography from University College Cork, Ireland and have over ten years experience in community development and education.

My Ph.D. thesis is titled:

Mobility and Turbulence in the Socio-environmental Flows of the European Union: Explaining Resistance to Wind Energy Policy in the Spatial Planning Process.

A copy of the thesis’ abstract is available here: Breffní Lennon – PhD Thesis Abstract.

A copy of the thesis’ Table of Contents is available here: Breffní Lennon – PhDThesis TOC.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of my research please do not hesitate to contact me here.


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