James Angel is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Geography. His research explores the contested politics of urban energy transitions. He has a background in environmental and social justice activist initiatives, which he continues to participate in.
He completed his PhD at King's in 2019, which explored struggles for energy democracy in London and Barcelona. He has a MA in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King's and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge.
- Energy geography
- Urban geography
- Political ecology
- Social movements
James' research explores the contested politics of urban energy transitions. He is interested in the relationship between energy systems and social change.
Previously, James' research explored the nascent agenda of "energy democracy" and the ideas and practices of activists and municipalities seeking to democratise the energy system. His current Leverhulme Research Fellowship seeks to understand the social and political implications of smart grids.
Smart grids deploy new ICT technologies to balance electricity supply and demand – a task that is complicated by increasing quantities of "variable" renewable electricity generation. James seeks to analyse the ways in which smart grids reconfigure relationships between energy, capital and social reproduction.
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