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Dr Alexandra Gormally

Sessional - Research, Senior Research Associate

Alexandra Gormally

LEC Building

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YQ

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594376


Current Research

Broadly, my research interests are around energy, sustainability, climate and communities. With a background in environmental science I became interested in weather and climatic trends, in particular the work of Professor Gordon Manley, a famous British climatologist. This led onto my doctoral research which was funded by a competitively won studentship from the UK Energy Research Centre (http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/support/Home) 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. The main outputs from this thesis can be found in my publications, specifically the papers on the regional-scale renewable resource assessment (Gormally et al., 2012), community attitudes to localised energy (Gormally et al., 2013) and community-level energy scenarios (in review). Having completed an interdisciplinary PhD my research interests have broaden considerably and I am keen to continue in research that utilises such a mixed methods approach. I feel very fortunate to have been engaged in research in such and exciting and important area and I am keen to expand my research within energy and sustainability in the future. I am currently interested in the role of trusted knowledge, knowledge networks and dissemination and communities of practice in influencing or changing sustainable behaviours.

I am currently based in the Lancaster Environment Centre and a member of both the Society and Environment and Atmospheric Science research themes. In addition to this I also have links more widely across campus with Sociology, Infolab (Computing), CEH Lancaster and the Environment Agency (Lancaster base). I am currently involved in a number of teaching activities such as Part 1 Geography Tutoring and assisting on a number of Geography modules such as Geographical Techniques and Urban Infrastructures. You can also follow me on twitter @am_gormally. 

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