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Dr Ed Atkins

Dr Ed Atkins

Dr Ed Atkins
BAHons(Kent), MA(Kent), MRes(Bristol)

Lecturer

Area of research

Lecturer

Office G14.1N
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 954 5973

Research summary

My research is based on the contested character of environmental and energy policy, politics and governance. This is with a particular focus on the local politics of energy generation and consumption – and moves across three interrelated themes:

  1. The contentious politics of hydropower
    Current research explores the contested sustainability of hydropower in the Brazilian Amazon. In particular, I am interested in how social movements and civil society actors have contested the Belo Monte and São Luiz do Tapajós dams, exploring how such responses challenge dominant understandings of hydropower as a ‘sustainable’ energy source that has a role in energy transitions ...

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Biography

I am currently a Lecturer at the School of Geographical Sciences, both leading and supporting on a number of units offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I first arrived at the University of Bristol in Autumn 2013, to complete an ESRC-funded PhD in Environment, Energy & Resilience (awarded in 2018). In addition, I hold a BA (Hons) in History and an MA in International Relations and International Law from the University of Kent. As part of an ESRC 1+3 scholarship, I have also completed a supplementary MRes at the University of Bristol.

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