Dr Bregje van Veelen
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
- van Veelen, Bregje (2018). Book review: The new Oxford handbook of economic geography. Local Environment 23(8): 900-901.
- van Veelen, Bregje (2016). Book review: Democratizing inequalities. Social Movement Studies 15(6): 650-651.
- van Veelen, Bregje (2019). Caught in the middle? Creating and contesting intermediary spaces in low-carbon transitions. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
- Bridge, G., Bulkeley, H., Langley, P. & van Veelen, B. (2019). Pluralizing and Problematizing Carbon Finance. Progress in Human Geography
- Creamer, Emily, Eadson, Will, van Veelen, Bregje, Pinker, Annabel, Tingey, Margaret, Braunholtz-Speight, Tim, Markantoni, Marianna Foden, Mike & Lacey-Barnacle, Max (2018). Community Energy: entanglements of community, state, and private sector. Geography Compass 12(7): e12378.
- van Veelen, Bregje (2018). Negotiating energy democracy in practice: governance processes in community energy projects. Environmental Politics 27(4): 644-665.
- van Veelen, Bregje & van der Horst, Dan (2018). What is Energy Democracy? Connecting social science energy research and political theory. Energy Research & Social Science 46: 19-28.
- van Veelen, Bregje (2017). Making Sense of the Scottish Community Energy Sector – An Organising Typology. Scottish Geographical Journal 133(1): 1-20.
- Frantál, Bohumil, Bevk, Tadej, Van Veelen, Bregje, Hărmănescu, Mihaela & Benediktsson, Karl (2017). The importance of on-site evaluation for placing renewable energy in the landscape: A case study of the Búrfell wind farm (Iceland). Moravian Geographical Reports 25(4): 234-247.
- van Veelen, Bregje & Haggett, Claire (2017). Uncommon ground: The role of different place attachments in explaining community renewable energy projects. Sociologia Ruralis 57(S1): 533-554.
- van Veelen, Bregje (2017). European climate change case studies: Strategy for heat - The Netherlands. ClimateXChange.
- Hagget, Claire, Aitken, Mhairi Rudoplh, David, van Veelen, Bregje, Harnmeijer, Jelte & Markantoni, Marianna (2014). Supporting Community Investment in Commercial Renewable Energy Schemes: Final Report. ClimateXChange.