Responding to climate change in a carbon-intensive coastal region?

Aberdeen is in a challenging position when it comes to thinking about the future. We know very well that reductions in carbon dioxide emissions are required if we are to avoid significant harm on a global scale. This entails, among other actions, reducing the role that oil, gas and coal have in providing us with… Read More Responding to climate change in a carbon-intensive coastal region?

Why I saw north-east Scotland turning blue, and why the ‘day job’ now has to be a just transition

As soon as Donald Trump won Michigan in the US presidential race late last year, I had a feeling large parts of north-east Scotland were going to fall to the Tories at the next election. I just didn’t expect ‘the next election’ at which this happened would be seven months later. For those not familiar… Read More Why I saw north-east Scotland turning blue, and why the ‘day job’ now has to be a just transition

Society and green space in Fukushima’s cities post-disaster

Originally posted on urbangreenadaptationdiary.wordpress.com, a new collaborative venture I have with Dr Wanyu Shih of Ming-Chuan University. For the past few years I have been undertaking research in Fukushima. This does not mean I have been doing work at the Fukushima Dai’ichi Nuclear Power Plant. Rather, my ‘field sites’ have been two cities in Fukushima… Read More Society and green space in Fukushima’s cities post-disaster

Ten days in Taipei; or, laying the groundwork for genuine interdisciplinary collaboration

Can we fit together? You sure? I know that we will be (BoA, Who Are You) This is a blog post I’ve been meaning to write for a month or so, but it’s taken the release of the British Academy’s big report on interdisciplinarity the other day to give me the kick up the backside I needed… Read More Ten days in Taipei; or, laying the groundwork for genuine interdisciplinary collaboration

Aberdeen: time to imagine a managed North Sea transition

“Wur doomed, entombed, marooned!” Private James Frazer, Dad’s Army I thought I was being clever by taking a photo of the blackboard in Aberdeen Maritime Museum, onto which the oil price $44-89 was scrawled. The previous numbers had been rubbed out as the price and hence the requisite figures got lower and lower, leaving big… Read More Aberdeen: time to imagine a managed North Sea transition

The UK CCS decision – what might it mean for society and low-carbon energy?

Full disclosure, as all the cool kids say. I am not the biggest fan of carbon dioxide capture and storage. I’ve been fortunate enough to receive a nice amount of research funding through CCS, but am always very clear with funders and collaborators that my interest is in what we can learn from an environmental… Read More The UK CCS decision – what might it mean for society and low-carbon energy?