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James Angel is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Geography. His research explores the contested politics of urban energy transitions. James completed his PhD in geography at King's in 2019, which explored struggles for energy democracy in London and Barcelona. James has an MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King's and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. He has a background in environmental and social justice activist initiatives, which he continues to participate in.


  • Energy geography
  • Urban geography
  • Political ecology
  • Social movements

James's research explores the contested politics of urban energy transitions. He is interested in the relationship between energy systems and social change and, specifically, in the possibilities for building energy democracy. James's Leverhulme Research Fellowship seeks to understand the social and political implications of new peer-to-peer “energy trading” initiatives, which allow households to buy and sell renewably generated electricity between each other via the aid of “Blockchain” digital technologies. James seeks to analyse the ways in which these energy trading initiatives reconfigure the relationship between energy, capitalism and everyday life.

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See James's Research Profile