Current PhD Students
Towards an Alternative Urban Mobility Transitions in an Indian Megacity (Working title)
My PhD research is broadly focussed on studying urban mobility transitions in Indian megacities. The research examines changing dynamics of mobility in Kolkata – one of the largest megacities of Asia – located in the eastern part of India. By mapping actors, technologies, institutions around mobility system in Kolkata, the key theoretical ambition of this research is to suggest an alternative pathway for mobility regime transitions, applicable in context of cities in the developing world. This alternative trajectory is set in context of aspirations of outer fringes of Kolkata Metropolitan Area to become smart and green city. Therefore one of my papers discuss implications of discourses around smart and green urban transformative efforts- on the mobility transitions in the city. Within this frame of becoming smart and sustainable, emerges the issue of exclusion of economically and socially marginalised communities living and working in the city. Acknowledging this, I therefore take into account the mobility needs of this section of the society and evaluate how the alternative pathway of transitions affect them under a strong influence of the political economy of the State. This PhD research aims to contribute to the sustainability transitions literature and towards knowledge on urban transformations in general – by offering an empirically grounded reflexive understanding of the unique transitions dynamics that is shaping the urban future of India.
Between Seedbeds and Battlegrounds: the Governance of Urban Low Carbon Transitions (Working title)
Jonas joined the Science Policy Research Unit in September 2014, as a doctoral researcher and teaching assistant. He is primarily interested in the governance of urban low-carbon transitions. Centring on cities renowned as pioneers, he is examining the historical developments and governance arrangements which enabled sustained innovative activity, bearing on the buildup of transformative capacity by local governments and civil society. He is currently finishing his first case study in Bristol, UK. He hopes to contribute to concrete efforts to expedite low carbon transitions in cities, and to the development of the burgeoning field of sustainability transitions. In 2015, working with colleagues from universities worldwide, he helped found the PhDs in Transitions Network, which works alongside the STRN Network and caters for PhDs and Early Career Researchers. The network convened its first conference in April 2016 at the University of Greenwich.
Drawing from his experience in R&D for eco-innovations and research in sustainability, Jonas teaches seminars of SPRU’s Innovations for Sustainability MSc module. Since June, he is also a research assistant for Prof Johan Schot.
Previously, Jonas worked at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in support of the Planetary Boundaries Research Initiative, and in developing a Massive Online Open Course. He has lived and worked in Brazil, France, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Talking Technology - The Academic Discussion of Climate Engineering Approaches and its Potential Effects on Global Climate Governance (Working Title)
Judith is Research and Teaching Fellow at the Political Science Institute at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. After concluding her B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Heidelberg and her M.A. in International Studies/ Peace and Conflict Research at the Universities of Frankfurt/ Main and Darmstadt, she became an associated PhD student at the German Research Foundation Priority Program “Climate Engineering”. Judith’s research focuses on technology governance, with a specific stress on geoengineering governance, as well as on the role of experts for governance and transition. Aside from geoengineering, she is interested in the cases of nuclear technology, nanotechnology and digitalization, among others.
She teaches academic courses on BA and MA level on climate, environmental and technology governance at the Technical University Darmstadt. Previously, Judith worked at the Political Science Institute at University of Münster. Her research has led her to France, the USA, the UK and Canada. Contact Judith by email here.
Actor Interactions and Transformation: Development of Solar and Wind Power in China post 2000 (Working Title)
Kejia joined SPRU in September 2016 as a doctoral researcher. She got her master degree from Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Then she worked there as a research assistant. Her research interests include energy transition and sustainability, low-carbon economy, evidence-based policy making and scientific advice.
Intrigued by the question of how can China deploy solar and wind power so fast in recent years, her doctoral research focuses on the interaction between new entrants and incumbents in transformative process within Chinese electricity system. Using comparative case studies with two specific regions, Inner Mongolia, and Jiangsu province in China, she will examine the historical development of solar and wind power in each region from 2000 to 2016. Informed by institutional theory and strategic management literature, her study aims to contribute to sustainability transition knowledge by providing a more explicit conceptualization of strategies and resources adopted by different actors towards sustainability transition, especially their collaborations and struggles during the process.