Biography

My current work focuses on socio-technical change with a particular focus on energy and economic systems. I have a particular research interest in the spatialities of innovation, the governance of technological change, and the role of civil society in innovation and transition processes. Empirically, my research has focused on energy transitions, complementary currencies, the Transition Towns movement and alternative food initiatives.

Since completing my PhD in Geography (University of Liverpool) at the end of 2010 I have worked as a Senior Research Associate on two projects at the UEA. I am currently working on Realising Transition Pathways, an interdisciplinary consortium of nine universities which has elaborated indicative possible future pathways for the UK electricity system (funded by EPSRC, 2012 - 2016). I have two key roles within this project. Firstly, to support the processes of interdisciplinarity, in particular by assisting with some ‘integration experiments’ that endeavour to link quantitative models with qualitative data. Secondly, to deepen the project’s understanding of actor dynamics within transition processes, with a particular focus on the roles of civil society. Previously, I was employed on Grassroots Innovation: Complementary Currencies project (funded by the Leverhulme Trust, 2010 - 2012). This project drew on insights from the sustainability transitions literature l to explore the scope and scale of the global complementary currency movement and its prospects for stimulating systemic change.  

I am a member of the Science, Society and Sustainability research group at the UEA and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. I have successfully supervised both masters and undergraduate dissertations. I co-convene ENV-MA75 Narratives of Environmental Change and teach on ENV 2A42 Energy and People and ENV MA83 Sustainable Consumption.

All Publications

Seyfang, G., Longhurst, N., sustainability transitions,

(2016)

What Influences the Diffusion of Grassroots Innovations for Sustainability? Investigating Community Currency Niches

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Chilvers, J., Longhurst, N.

(2016)

Participation in Transition(s): Reconceiving Public Engagements in Energy Transitions as Co-Produced, Emergent and Diverse

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Longhurst, N.

(2015)

Towards an ‘alternative’ geography of innovation: Alternative milieu, socio-cognitive protection and sustainability experimentation

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Seyfang, G., Longhurst, N.

(2013)

Growing green money? Mapping community currencies for sustainable development

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Hargreaves, T., Longhurst, N., Seyfang, G.

(2013)

Up, down, round and round: connecting regimes and practices in innovation for sustainability

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Seyfang, G., Longhurst, N.

(2013)

Desperately seeking niches: Grassroots innovations and niche development in the community currency field

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Longhurst, N.

(2013)

The emergence of an alternative milieu: Conceptualising the nature of alternative places

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


North, P., Longhurst, N.

(2013)

Grassroots Localisation?: The Scalar Potential of and Limits of the 'Transition' Approach to Climate Change and Resource Constraint

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Longhurst, N.

(2012)

The Totnes Pound: A grassroots technological niche

UEA Repository

(Chapter)


Chilvers, J., Longhurst, N.

(2012)

Participation, Politics and Actor Dynamics in Low Carbon Energy Transitions

(Other report)


Longhurst, N., Chilvers, J.

(2012)

Interdiscriplinary in Transition? A Technical Report into the interdisciplinary of the Transition Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy Consortium, Science, Society and Sustainability Research Group, University of East Anglia, Norwich

(Other report)


Bucio, A., Longhurst, N., Graugaard, J.

(2012)

Energy Densities: Why do they matter for Sustainability Transitions, 3S working paper 2012-08: Science, Society and Sustainability Research Group, Univeristy of East Anglia

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Longhurst, N., Seyfang, G.

(2011)

Complementary Currencies: The state of the art

(Special issue)


Saltmarsh, N., Meldrum, J., Longhurst, N.

(2011)

The impact of community supported agriculture

UEA Repository

(Article)


Seyfang, G., Haxeltine, A., Hargreaves, T., Longhurst, N.

(2010)

Energy and communities in transition - Towards a new research agenda on agency and civil society in sustainability transitions

UEA Repository

(Article)


Key Research Interests

Key research interests:

 Sustainability transitions; grassroots innovation; sustainable consumption; geographies of innovation; alternative economic spaces; technological change; social innovation; open innovation; new economics; political economy; post-capitalism; post-consumerism; social economy; diverse economies; utopianism; intentional communities; countercultures; alternative places.