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Dr Bruno Turnheim

Dr Bruno Turnheim

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Research Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Geography and the environment
  • Policy and society

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Bruno is currently a post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Geography at King’s College London, where he works on sustainability transitions within the EU FP7 PATHWAYS project, with Prof. Frans Berkhout. The PATHWAYS project is focussed on exploring transition pathways to sustainable, low carbon societies by mobilising multiple existing analytical approaches.

He is also involved in other research projects and networks, such as the GREEN.EU project (Green Growth) and the INOGOV research network (Innovations in Climate Governance). He is a visiting fellow at SPRU (University of Sussex), associated with the Sussex Energy Group (SEG).

Within the Geography Department, he is involved in King's Climate activity hub, and the Urban Futures research domain. He also acts as representative for research associates on departmental boards.

Bruno obtained his PhD at SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex in 2012, under the supervision of Profs. Frank W. Geels and Andy Stirling. His PhD dealt with ‘The destabilisation of existing regimes in socio-technical transitions’, combining theoretical exploration with a number of case studies covering British energy industries from 1880 to the present. His PhD research was part of the DESTABLE research project, funded under an ERC grant.


  • Socio-technical transitions (historical, current, future)
  • Environmental problems and sustainability
  • The geography of transitions
  • Urban transformation dynamics
  • Path dependence, lock-in, and the destabilisation of industry regimes
  • Science, technology and society
  • Energy systems, Mobility systems, Food systems


Bruno's research is focussed on sustainability and the role of technological innovation in addressing related challenges. He is particularly interested in research on sustainability transitions – the reorientation of socio-technical trajectories towards more societally desirable directions.

His research trajectory to-date has been highly multidisciplinary, stemming for the combination of technical education and literacy with advanced studies in the social sciences, including environmental systems analysis, environmental economics, environmental and technology policy, philosophy of science, sociology of technology and innovation.


For a full list of publications, please see Bruno's research profile.

Further details

Please see Bruno's Research Staff Profile for further details.