Tim Braunholtz-Speight

University of Manchester

Post-Doctoral Research Associate


I am a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Tyndall Manchester. I am working on the UKERC-funded Financing Community Energy project, with Carly McLachlan, Sarah Mander, and Maria Sharmina also of Tyndall Manchester; and Ed Manderson (University of Manchester), Matthew Hannon (University of Strathclyde) and Jeff Hardy (Imperial College). This project aims to provide the first systematic quantitative and qualitative analysis of the role of finance in the evolution of the UK community energy sector. We are also working with stakeholders throughout the project, in order to develop recommendations for innovative policies, business models and finance mechanisms that will support future growth of the sector.

Previously, I most recently worked on a study of the social implications of alternative finance, at the University of Leeds. I have also worked on a range of development research projects at the Overseas Development Institute, the University of the Highlands and Islands, and Leeds Metropolitan University. My PhD is from the University of the Highlands and Islands, where I studied power relations in community land ownership. My research interests are in social power, community, resources and the environment.

Selected publications

Davis, M. and Braunholtz-Speight, T. (2016) Financial Innovation Today: Towards Economic Resilience, Report for the Friends Provident Foundation, York: Friends Provident Foundation.

Braunholtz-Speight, T. (2015) Scottish community land initiatives: going beyond the locality to enable local empowerment, People, Place and Policy (2015) 9.2, pp123-138.

Addison, .T., Bach, K., and Braunholtz-Speight, T. (2013) Violent conflict and chronic poverty, in Shepherd, A., and Brunt, J. (eds) (2013) Chronic poverty: concepts, causes, and policy, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Macleod, C., Braunholtz-Speight, T., MacPhail, I., Flyn, D, Allen, S and Macleod, D. (2010) Post-legislative Scrutiny of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, Report to Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh: Scottish Parliament. (Summary also available.)

De Lima, P., Braunholtz-Speight, T. and Macleod, C. (2010) Third Sector: Recession and resilience. Understanding the impact of the recession on the third sector in the Highlands and Islands: a pilot study, Report for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Inverness: HIE.

Braunholtz-Speight, T. (2008) Policy responses to discrimination and their contribution to tackling chronic poverty, Chronic Poverty Report 2008-09 Background Paper, Manchester: Chronic Poverty Research Centre.

Braunholtz-Speight, T., Foresti, M., Proudlock, K. and Sharma, B. (2008) DFID Human Rights Practice Review, London: Overseas Development Institute.

Kumi-Ampofo, F., Shutt, J. and Braunholtz, T. (2005) Engaging Social Enterprise – End of Project Evaluation, Report for Yorkshire Forward, North Yorkshire Council for Voluntary Organisations and Business Link York and North Yorkshire, Leeds: ERBEDU, Leeds Metropolitan University.


Contact information

Contact details

Telephone: 0161 275 4354

Email: timothy.braunholtz-speight@manchester.ac.uk