About

WP_20151231_13_03_13_ProMy name is Dr Leslie Mabon, and I am a Lecturer in Sociology at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. I’ve been working in Aberdeen since March 2014, and prior to that was a research associate at the University of Edinburgh. My research is centered around the social dimensions of energy and environmental change, with a particular interest in some of the less ethically ‘clear-cut’ aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The aim of this blog is not (initially at least) to give detailed and in-depth comment on energy issues – heck, it takes me enough time to write papers for peer-reviewed journals as it is – but rather to periodically flag up things I think are interesting or worth exploring further. I will as far as possible try to refrain from ‘promoting’ my own work – although I seem to have broken that already with my first post.

This blog will be quite closely focused on my research area, however as seems to be the norm for academics on social media I do feel compelled to tell you I have a life away from my research – which you can read about here should you be interested.

2 Responses to About

  1. Do your interests extend to the issue of opencast coal since it involves both energy and environmental change?

    The latter because current planning policies in the UK do not recognise the environmental damage caused by burning the coal the existing planning systems allow to be exploited ( indeed in England, its flagged as a ‘mineral of national importance’ and this weighting outweighs other environmental considerations). This seems to be the situation in other jurisdictions.. In the USA attempts are being made to change planning permissions so that account is taken of the wider environmental damage caused by exploiting coal ( See ‘Senators urge Obama administration to include carbon costs in coal program’ (Reuters 2/11/15)
    Read more at Reutershttp://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/02/us-usa-coal-senate-idUSKCN0SR1A220151102#T1PD87wBvdGJ4GfQ.99)

    I hope you find this line of inquiry of interest since opencast mining has resulted in an environmental crisis in Scotland as well. I can provide more information on this, but if you have a twitter account you can find out about it by following this hatchtag #ScottishMineRestorationCrisis.

    Steve Leary for The Loose Anti Opencast Network

    • Leslie Mabon says:

      Thank you for your message. Yes, open cast coal mining is on the fringes of what I look at – it is not something I have looked at specifically so far (but I’m always looking for new things to do) but in both research and teaching something I am keen to stress is the deleterious effects of fossil fuels more widely. That is, as well as/apart from climate change from burning coal, there is also the issue that coal mining is an intrinsically dangerous and environmental destructive activity. I’ll check out the hashtag on Twitter and read up – would be good to discuss this further some time. Thanks again for dropping by the blog.

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