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Steve Harry is a PhD student in the Department of Geography, working in the fields of critical human, environmental and energy geographies. He has an MA in spatial and environmental planning and a BSc (Hons) in cultural theory and social policy studies.

He received an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) studentship in 2017. He is also the student pathway representative for pathway 9: Political Ecology, Energy and Environmental Health (PEEH).

See his LISS DTP profile (under pathway 9)

Steve is part of the Contested Development research group and has presented at conferences in Europe, the UK and the US on the socio-ecological relations and processes of energy transition. He teaches in the Department of Geography on ‘Right to the City’, 'Development Geographies', ‘Geographical Foundations I & II’, 'Principles of Geographical Inquiry', and ‘Geographical Research Skills'.

He has a background working in a number of fields outside and related to academia, including market and social research, the built environment and ecological charity sector, and academic library services. Steve also worked for many years as a drum teacher, community music worker and as a professional musician.


Thesis title: 'Island metabolisms and the contested geographies of energy transition: A relational comparison'

The dynamics of energy development and change on islands – embedded within complex multi-relational systems – highlights well the ways in which energy systems and transitions more generally are shaped by their spatial and material context, and how shifts to renewable energy bring about new relationships to space in the multi-scalar constitution of energy landscapes.

Steve’s project is comprised of the following broad objectives, which are built to better understand the relations between energy, space and society as we undergo (renewable) energy transition as grounded in local, material struggles in the context of global capitalist social relations and the ecological and climate crisis. In his research he sets out to add:

  • an island-archipelago perspective to the geographies of energy transition, focused on European island-regions in Scotland, Norway and Spain
  • a Marxist perspective to energy studies, drawing on ecological and geographical historical-materialism and theories of metabolism
  • a relational and dialectical view to energy geography
  • a comparative analysis to research on energy and resource geography, drawing on relational comparative techniques
  • an energy transitions perspective to island studies

Overall, Steve’s research details a set of contested landscapes of industrial and renewable energy development and explores their significance for socio-energy futures.

PhD supervision

Further details

See Steve's research profile