Dr Bruno Turnheim
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Department of Geography
King's College London
My research is focussed on sustainability and the role of technological innovation in addressing related challenges. I am particularly interested in research on sustainability transitions – the reorientation of socio-technical trajectories towards more societally desirable directions.
My research trajectory to date is 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.
I am currently a post-doctoral research associate at the Department of Geography at King’s College London, where I work 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. I am 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). I am also a visiting fellow at SPRU (University of Sussex), associated with the Sussex Energy Group (SEG).
Within the Geography Department, I am involved in King's Climate activity hub, and the Urban Futures research domain. I also act as representatitve for research associates on departmental boards.
I obtained my PhD at SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research), University of Sussex in 2012, under the supervision of Profs. Frank W. Geels and Andy Stirling. My 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. My 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
Multi-dimensional theories of change and stability
Co-evolution of societal domains (economy, policy, technology, society and culture)
Longitudinal case studies, pattern recognition, process theory
Historical approaches in social sciences
Latest Research Outputs
The destabilisation of existing regimes: Confronting a multi-dimensional framework with a case study of the British coal industry (1913-1967)
Turnheim, B. & Geels, F. W. Dec 2013 In : RESEARCH POLICY. 42, 10, p. 1749-1767
Regime destabilisation as the flipside of energy transitions: Lessons from the history of the British coal industry (1913-1997)
Turnheim, B. & Geels, F. W. Nov 2012 In : ENERGY POLICY. 50, p. 35-49
Complex Governance to Cope with Global Environmental Risk: An Assessment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Turnheim, B. & Tezcan, M. Y. Sep 2010 In : SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ETHICS. 16, 3, p. 517-533
Innovation and diffusion of environmental technology: Industrial NOx abatement in Sweden under refunded emission payments
Sterner, T. & Turnheim, B. 15 Oct 2009 In : ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS. 68, 12, p. 2996-3006