Dr Alexandra Gormally

Senior Research Associate

Current Research

Broadly, my research interests are around energy, sustainability, climate and communities. With a background in environmental science I became interested in weather and climatic trends, in particular the work of Professor Gordon Manley, a famous British climatologist. This led onto my doctoral research which was funded by a competitively won studentship from the UK Energy Research Centre (http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/support/Home) 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. The main outputs from this thesis can be found in my publications, specifically the papers on the regional-scale renewable resource assessment (Gormally et al., 2012), community attitudes to localised energy (Gormally et al., 2013) and community-level energy scenarios (in review). Having completed an interdisciplinary PhD my research interests have broaden considerably and I am keen to continue in research that utilises such a mixed methods approach. I feel very fortunate to have been engaged in research in such and exciting and important area and I am keen to expand my research within energy and sustainability in the future. I am currently interested in the role of trusted knowledge, knowledge networks and dissemination and communities of practice in influencing or changing sustainable behaviours.

I am currently based in the Lancaster Environment Centre and a member of both the Society and Environment and Atmospheric Science research themes. In addition to this I also have links more widely across campus with Sociology, Infolab (Computing), CEH Lancaster and the Environment Agency (Lancaster base). I am currently involved in a number of teaching activities such as Part 1 Geography Tutoring and assisting on a number of Geography modules such as Geographical Techniques and Urban Infrastructures. You can also follow me on twitter @am_gormally.

“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