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Dr Alexandra Gormally

Lecturer in Subsurface and Society

Alexandra Gormally

LEC Building



Tel: +44 1524 594376


Ally has a background in energy research and takes an interdisciplinary approach in looking at the challenges and opportunities around low carbon transitions.  Ally’s doctoral research was funded by a competitively won studentship from the UK Energy Research Centre and took an interdisciplinary approach to assessing renewable energy potential in upland communities. This research looked at both the physical and societal dimensions of community-based renewables, using a mixture of spatial (GIS), quantitative and qualitative methods. Ally has also been involved in research with Energy Lancaster , looking at patterns of energy supply and demand with a focus on energy practices.

Published Research:

Ally has published in a number of interdisciplinary journals on themes of community energy including renewable resources, the role of institutional support and community ownership structures.

Current Research

Ally holds a lectureship in Society and The Subsurface, which is a collaborative position between the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) and the British Geological Survey (BGS).  Building on themes of energy, climate and communities, Ally is utilising her environmental and human geography background to take a critical perspective exploring societal interactions with the subsurface. Ally will focus her research on themes of knowledge, society and governance.

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