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Durham University

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Dr Bregje van Veelen

Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 41801
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About me

I am a social scientist whose research focuses on governing low carbon transitions. I am especially interested in sub- and trans-national forms of low carbon governance, the sociomaterial dynamics of carbon lock-in, and the potential for low carbon transitions to contribute to societal and political transformation and democratisation.

I currently work as a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Geography at Durham University on the Horizon 2020-funded REINVENT project: Realising Innovation in Transitions for Decarbonisation, which looks at different economic sectors where low carbon transitions are still relatively unexplored, such as plastics, steel and agriculture. Part of my work focuses on the role financial actors and networks play in shaping the potential for decarbonisation in these sectors.

Prior to this I completed my PhD at the University of Edinburgh, where my research focused on the governance of community renewable energy projects. I am particularly interested in how these projects fit within a wider community/localism agenda, and what the democratic implications are of these emerging governance arrangements. I have also worked on a project commissioned by the Scottish Government which looked at the potential for community investment in commercial renewable energy schemes, and spent six months working at the Scottish Government, where I helped to develop a new community landownership strategy.

I serve as an editor of the journal Local Environment.


  • PhD, Human Geography, University of Edinburgh
  • MSc, Environmental Sustainability, University of Edinburgh
  • MA, Geography & International Relations, University of Aberdeen

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