Dr Alexandra Gormally

Lecturer in Subsurface and Society


Ally has a background in energy research and takes an interdisciplinary approach in looking at the challenges and opportunities around low carbon transitions. Ally’s doctoral research was funded by a competitively won studentship from the UK Energy Research Centre and took an interdisciplinary approach to assessing renewable energy potential in upland communities. This research looked at both the physical and societal dimensions of community-based renewables, using a mixture of spatial (GIS), quantitative and qualitative methods. Ally has also been involved in research with Energy Lancaster , looking at patterns of energy supply and demand with a focus on energy practices.

Published Research:

Ally has published in a number of interdisciplinary journals on themes of community energy including renewable resources, the role of institutional support and community ownership structures.

Speculative Volcanology: Time, Becoming and Violence in Encounters with Magma
Clark, N.H., Gormally, A.M., Tuffen, H. 8/11/2017 In: Environmental Humanities.
Journal article

Renewable energy scenarios: exploring technology, acceptance and climate – options at the community-scale
Gormally, A.M., Whyatt, D., Timmis, R., Pooley, C. 09/2016 In: Applied Geography. 74, p. 73-83. 11 p.
Journal article

“They made gunpowder … yes down by the river there, that's your energy source”: attitudes towards community renewable energy in Cumbria
Gormally, A., Pooley, C., Whyatt, D., Timmis, R. 08/2014 In: Local Environment : The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 19, 8, p. 915-932. 18 p.
Journal article

A Regional Scale Assessment of Local Renewable Energy Resources in Cumbria, UK
Gormally, A., Whyatt, D., Timmis, R., Pooley, C. 11/2012 In: Energy Policy. 50, p. 283-293. 11 p.
Journal article

Extending Manley’s Lancashire Plain Temperature Record: 1753‐2007
Gormally, A., Mackenzie, R., Tych, W. 10/2012 In: International Journal of Climatology. 32, 12, p. 1899-1908. 10 p.
Journal article

Low‐carbon off‐grid electrification for rural areas in the United Kingdom: Lessons from the developing world
Yadoo, A., Gormally, A., Cruickshank, H. 10/2011 In: Energy Policy. 39, 10, p. 6400‐6407. 8 p.
Journal article

Regional Scale Assessment of Cumbria's Renewable Energy Resource
Gormally, A., Whyatt, D. 2011 In: Proceedings of the GIS Research UK 19th Annual Conference. University of Portsmouth p. 199-204. 6 p.
Conference contribution