Carly’s research interests focus on how stakeholders, including publics, engage with energy and sustainability issues and how ‘evidence’ is used within this. Her previous research projects, completed as part of Tyndall’s interdisciplinary team, have covered a range of topics including: setting carbon budgets and targets for cities, stakeholder engagement with integrated climate change models, stakeholder assessments of carbon capture and storage, an assessment UK tidal energy policy and adaptation and mitigation in the UK food system. Her PhD research centred on two detailed case studies of renewable energy developments and considered: the competing symbolic interpretations made of the developments and the place in which they were situated; the interaction of lay and expert knowledge; and the impact of the process of consultation on attitudes to the developments. Whilst seeking to integrate interdisciplinary insights, Carly’s Science and Technology Studies perspective frames her consideration of the meanings associated with different energy related behaviours and attitudes. Carly’s active research activities include: co-benefits of climate action at city scales (ESRC), Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reductions (BEIS); Community Energy Finance (UKERC) and decarbonising the live music sector.
Carly is Associate Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation (CAST) and was interim Director of the Tyndall Centre in 2019.