Tim Braunholtz-Speight

University of Manchester

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

 

I am a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Tyndall Manchester. My main focus is 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 provides a 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. In addition, I am working with Dr Will Eadson and Dr Julian Dobson at by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University on a study of community infrastructure businesses for the Power to Change Research Institute.

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:

Braunholtz-Speight, T., Sharmina, M., Manderson, E., McLachlan, C., Hannon, M., Hardy, J., and Mander, S. (2020) Business models and financial characteristics of community energy in the UK. Paper in Nature Energy vol 5, February 2020. 

Braunholtz-Speight, T., Sharmina, M., Manderson, E., McLachlan, C., Hannon, M., Hardy, J., and Mander, S. (2020) Price support allows communities to raise low-cost finance for renewables, Nature Energy Policy Brief, February 2020.

UK Community Energy Business Models: Key Facts Infographic

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Telephone: 0161 275 4354

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