Back to nature

December 20, 2012

Coming home for Christmas supplies my yearly dose of relaxation, fattening but delicious food and nature. Only when the greenery and mud surrounded me did I realise how much I’d been missing contact with the natural world. It’s so satisfying to observe biological systems just getting on with their things, autonomously and quietly.

Pollarded Ash Tree

Pollarded Ash Tree

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December 20, 2012


Pulling a falling ash tree away from the shed

Carbon capture and storage: Bury the myth and focus on alternatives

September 26, 2012

That was the title of a recently published paper I wrote (with the help of Luke Temple, who edited it) about a tantalizing idea: let’s take all our nasty excess carbon dioxide, and pump it underground. Much like sweeping the mess under the bed, the report found that CCS only seems like a good plan in the land of short-term wishful thinking.

If you want to know more, check out the IPPR website, where the research is published alongside 7 other politically relevant energy essays. Alternatively, see below for my very brief summary of why CCS “is not wise”, to paraphrase an interview by Vaclav Smil.

Some technological complexities that must be overcome for CCS to work.

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Bicycle touring in the land of ice

August 9, 2012

With summer in the air and the world at our feet, my friend and I decided to burn some stored sunlight and fly to Iceland to go bicycle touring. We pedalled ~600 km out there. Bellow are some photos of and comments about the trip. You can see where we cycled here.


Icelandic horses curious about our steel steeds

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RGS-IBG 2012 conference

July 7, 2012

I finally got to present research on transport and energy, at the RGS-IBG conference 2012. The talk itself went well, and the event was great fun. Both things are described below.

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June 5, 2012

Interesting selection of articles to be presented in Birmingham tomorrow. Keep your eyes on this for full papers.

Energy, Society and Place Research Unit

The paper summaries and presentation slides from the Postgraduate symposium on household energy consumption, technology and efficiency that took place in Birmingham on the 6th of June 2012 are now available.

The programme of the symposium can be found here.

The symposium will be followed by a one day-seminar on the same topic –  click here for the programme and abstracts.

Abstracts for the symposium can found at the following links:

Robert Marchand, University of Sheffield: The need for participatory stakeholder processes for fuel poverty problem definition, measurement and policy formulation. Click here for the presentation file.

Lauren Probert, University of Loughborough: Finding the fuel poor: an exploration of challenges and practicable solutions. Click here for the presentation file.

Rachel Macrorie, University of East Anglia: Energising communities: the dynamics and governance of everyday domestic practices in a low-carbon living context. Click here…

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Ireland bicycle touring

May 29, 2012

Having never been to Ireland before, I jumped at the opportunity to stay in Dublin for 3 days for a conference on spatial microsimulation. But you need to get out of the big cities to really get to know a country. Bicycles are the cheapest, healthiest and most fun way to travel, so it was decided that this was the way to go. 4 of us hit the road in the end, heading from Dublin to Rosslare between the 20th and 22nd of May 2012. Below is an account of this epic mission.

Ready to roll in Dublin.

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Spatial microsimulation: a method of integerisation

May 18, 2012


Here’s my presentation on integerisation:

And a folder containing the R code and synthetic dataset needed to run the model: