Professor Gordon Walker

Professor Gordon Walker

Professor

LEC Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YQ

+44 (0)1524 510256

Research Interests

My research interests have moved around over time but have centred on the social, spatial and normative dimensions of environment, sustainability and risk issues.  

I am currently focussing predominantly on questions of energy demand in my new role as Co-Director of the RCUK funded DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand). The DEMAND Centre takes a distinctive approach to end use energy demand, recognising that energy is not used for its own sake but as part of accomplishing social practices at home, at work and in moving around. I am specifically involved in projects within the Centre's research programme on how energy is related to notions of need, rights and justice; on the work of energy managers using energy management and control systems; on the dynamics of energy use in everyday life; and integration activities across the consortium of academic and non-academic partners.   

I continue however to be interested and engaged in areas of research and writing that have previously preoccupied me. These include: 

  • environmental justice theory, concepts and methods and the investigation of inequalities in the distribution of environmental goods and bads. See the book Environmental Justice: Concepts, Evidence and Politics (Routledge 2012) and environmental justice web pages for outputs from previous projects;
  • sustainability, social practice, and transitions, working with Elizabeth Shove and others in the Sustainable Practices Research Group (ESRC, DEFRA and Scottish Government) on the dynamics of air conditioning and the imagined future lives of those living in zero carbon housing, and writing more generally about socio-technical transitions and practice;
  • energy poverty, vulnerability and thermal comfort. See EPSRC projects Conditioning Demand: Older People, Diversity and Thermal Experience and InCluESEV the 'Interdisciplinary Cluster on Energy Systems, Equity and Vulnerability' - this has led to the edited book Energy Justice in a Changing Climate (Zed, 2013)
  • the social dimensions of sustainable energy technologies and public engagement with community energy projects. See the ESRC funded 'Beyond Nimbysim' and Community Energy Initiatives projects);
  • risk governance, vulnerability and resilience related to floods and technological risks. See the Hull Flood project and EU projects CAPHAZ, SCENARIO and ARMONIA

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Selected Publications

Transnational transitions: the diffusion and integration of mechanical cooling

Shove, E., Walker, G. & Brown, S. 2014 In : Urban Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Environmental Justice: Concepts, Evidence and Politics

Walker, G. 2012 London: Routledge. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Gordon Walker's Publications

2014

Transnational transitions: the diffusion and integration of mechanical cooling

Shove, E., Walker, G. & Brown, S. 2014 In : Urban Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Imagined publics and engagement around renewable energy technologies in the UK

Barnett, J., Burningham, K., Walker, G. & Cass, N. 01/2012 In : Public Understanding of Science. 21, 1, p. 36-50 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Environmental Justice: Concepts, Evidence and Politics

Walker, G. 2012 London: Routledge. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2011

Perspectives on social capacity building for natural hazards: outlining an emerging field of research and practice in Europe

Begg, C. , Walker, G. , Whittle, R. & 20 others Kuhlicke, C., Steinfuehrer, A., Bianchizza, C., Bruendl, M., Buchecker, M., De Marchi, B., Di Masso Tarditti, M., Hoeppner, C., Komac, B., Lemkow, L., Luther, J., McCarthy, S., Pellizzoni, L., Renn, O., Scolobig, A., Supramaniam, M., Tapsell, S., Wachinger, G., Zorn, M. & Faulkner, H. 11/2011 In : Environmental Science and Policy. 14, 7, p. 804-814 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Role for ‘Community’ in Carbon Governance

Walker, G. 09/2011 In : Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. 2, 5, p. 777-782 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Flood Risk, Vulnerability and Environmental Justice: evidence and evaluation of inequality in a UK context

Walker, G. & Burningham, K. 05/2011 In : Critical Social Policy. 31, 2, p. 216-240 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Environmental Justice, Values and Biological Diversity: the San and the Hoodia Benefit Sharing Agreement.

Vermeylen, S. & Walker, G. 04/2011 Environmental inequalities beyond borders: local perspectives on global injustices. Carmin, J. & Agyeman, J. (eds.). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, p. 105-128 24 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Assembling the flood: producing spaces of bad water in the city of Hull

Walker, G., Whittle, R., Medd, W. & Walker, M. 2011 In : Environment and Planning A. 43, 10, p. 2304-2320 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Risk governance and natural hazards

Walker, G., Whittle, R., Medd, W. & Watson, N. 2011 CapHaz-Net.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsCommissioned report

Symmetries, expectations, dynamics and contexts: a framework for understanding public engagement with renewable energy projects

Walker, G., Devine Wright, P., Barnett, J., Burningham, K., Cass, N., Devine-Wright, H., Speller, G., Barton, J., Evans, B., Heath, Y., Infield, D., Parks, J. & Theobald, K. 2011 Renewable energy and the public: from NIMBY to participation. Devine-Wright, P. (ed.). London: Earthscan, p. 2-14 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2010

Public roles and socio-technical configurations: diversity in renewable energy deployment in the UK and its implications

Cass, N. & Walker, G. 3/11/2010 Renewable energy and the public: from NIMBY to participation. Devine-Wright, P. (ed.). London: Earthscan

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Environmental justice, impact assessment and the politics of knowledge: The implications of assessing the social distribution of environmental outcomes

Walker, G. 09/2010 In : Environmental impact assessment review. 30, 5, p. 312-318 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Trust and community: Exploring the meanings, contexts and dynamics of community renewable energy

Walker, G., Devine-Wright, P., Hunter, S., High, H. & Evans, B. 06/2010 In : Energy Policy. 38, 6, p. 2655-2663 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Governing transitions in the sustainability of everyday life

Shove, E. & Walker, G. 05/2010 In : Research Policy. 39, 4, p. 471-476 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Renewable energy and sociotechnical change: imagined subjectivities of 'the public' and their implications

Walker, G., Cass, N., Burningham, K. & Barnett, J. 04/2010 In : Environment and Planning A. 42, 4, p. 931-947 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Good Neighbours, Public Relations and Bribes: The Politics and Perceptions of Community Benefit Provision in Renewable Energy Development in the UK

Cass, N., Walker, G. & Devine-Wright, P. 2010 In : Journal of environmental policy & planning. 12, 3, p. 255-275 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Beyond Distribution and Proximity: Exploring the Multiple Spatialities of Environmental Justice

Walker, G. 09/2009 In : Antipode. 41, 4, p. 614-636 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalScientific review

Introduction Spaces of Environmental Justice: Frameworks for Critical Engagement

Holifield, R., Porter, M. & Walker, G. 09/2009 In : Antipode. 41, 4, p. 591-612 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Emotion and rationality: the characterisation and evaluation of opposition to renewable energy projects

Cass, N. & Walker, G. 07/2009 In : Emotion, Space and Society. 2, 1, p. 62-69 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Environmental justice and normative thinking.

Walker, G. 2009 In : Antipode. 41, 1, p. 203-205 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Decentralised systems and fuel poverty: are there any links or risks?

Walker, G. P. 12/2008 In : Energy Policy. 36, 12, p. 4514-4517 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Environmental inequalities : reflections on a transdisciplinary seminar series.

Walker, G. P. & Eames, M. 12/2008 In : Local Environment. 13, 8, p. 663-667 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The sceptical consumer? : exploring views about food assurance.

Eden, S., Bear, C. & Walker, G. P. 12/2008 In : Food Policy. 33, 6, p. 624-630 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

What are the barriers and incentives for community-owned means of energy production and use.

Walker, G. P. 12/2008 In : Energy Policy. 36, 12, p. 4401-4405 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Understanding heat wave vulnerability in nursing and residential homes.

Brown, S. & Walker, G. P. 07/2008 In : Building Research and Information. 36, 4, p. 363-372 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Transition Management (TM) and the politics of shape shifting

Shove, E. & Walker, G. 04/2008 In : Environment and Planning A. 40, 4, p. 1012-1014 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

Mucky Carrots and other proxies : problematising the knowledge fix for sustainable and ethical consumption.

Eden, S., Bear, C. & Walker, G. P. 03/2008 In : Geoforum. 39, 2, p. 1044-1057 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Community renewable energy: what does it mean?

Walker, G. P. & Devine Wright, P. 02/2008 In : Energy Policy. 36, 2, p. 497-500 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Understanding and (dis)trusting food assurance schemes : Consumer confidence and the ‘knowledge fix’.

Eden, S., Bear, C. & Walker, G. P. 01/2008 In : Journal of Rural Studies. 24, 1, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Transition management and the politics of shape shifting.

Shove, E. & Walker, G. P. 2008 In : Environment and Planning A. 40, p. 1012-1014 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Carbon reduction, 'the public' and renewable energy: engaging with socio-technical configurations.

Walker, G. & Cass, N. 1/12/2007 In : Area. 39, 4, p. 458-469 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Critical Perspectives on Integrated Water Management.

Watson, N., Walker, G. & Medd, W. 12/2007 In : Geographical Journal. 173, 4, p. 297-299 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ambivalence, sustainability and the governance of sociotechnical transitions.

Walker, G. P. & Shove, E. 09/2007 In : Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. 9, 3-4, p. 213-225 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

CAUTION! Transitions ahead: politics, practice, and sustainable transition management

Shove, E. & Walker, G. 04/2007 In : Environment and Planning A. 39, 4, p. 763-770 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Environmental justice and the distributional deficit in policy appraisal in the UK.

Walker, G. P. 2007 In : Environmental Research Letters. 2, 4, p. 45004

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Methodological issues in the assessment of environmental equity and environmental justice.

Mitchell, G. & Walker, G. P. 2007 Sustainable urban development : the environmental assessment methods. Deakin, M., Mitchell, G., Nijkamp, P. & Vreeker, R. (eds.). London: Routledge, Vol. 2, p. 447-472 26 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2006

Harnessing Community Energies: explaining and evaluating community-based localism in renewable energy policy in the UK.

Walker, G., Devine Wright, P., Evans, B. & Hunter, S. 1/05/2006 In : Global Environmental Politics. 7, 2, p. 64-82 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Geographies of Environmental Justice.

Walker, G. P. & Bulkeley, H. 10/03/2006 In : Geoforum. 37, 5, p. 655-659 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Green groups and grey areas : scientific boundary work, NGOs and environmental knowledge.

Eden, S., Donaldson, A. & Walker, G. P. 2006 In : Environment and Planning A. 38, 6, p. 1061-1076 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Structuring Subjectivities : using Q methodology in human geography.

Eden, S., Donaldson, A. & Walker, G. P. 12/2005 In : Area. 37, 4, p. 413-422 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Shared visions, unholy alliances: power, governance and deliberative processes in local transport planning.

Bickerstaff, K. & Walker, G. P. 11/2005 In : Urban Studies. 42, 12, p. 2123-2144 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Environmental Justice: A New Agenda for the UK.

Bulkeley, H. & Walker, G. P. 08/2005 In : Local Environment : the international journal of justice and sustainability. 10, 4, p. 329-332 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Industrial pollution and social deprivation: evidence and complexity in evaluating and responding to environmental inequality.

Walker, G., Mitchell, G., Fairburn, J. & Smith, G. 08/2005 In : Local Environment : the international journal of justice and sustainability. 10, 4, p. 361-377 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Technological risk and sense of place : industrial encroachment on place values.

Simmons, P. & Walker, G. P. 2005 Facility siting: risk, power and identity in land use planning. Boholm, Å. & Lofstedt, R. (eds.). London: Earthscan, p. 136-155 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1999

Risk communication, public participation and the Seveso II directive.

Walker, G. P., Simmons, P., Irwin, A. & Wynne, B. E. 1/03/1999 In : Journal of Hazardous Materials. 65, 1-2, p. 179-190 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Faulty environments and risk reasoning : the local understanding of industrial hazards.

Irwin, A., Simmons, P. & Walker, G. P. 1999 In : Environment and Planning A. 31, 7, p. 1311-1326 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Tolerating risk : policy principles and public perceptions.

Simmons, P. & Walker, G. P. 1999 In : Risk, Decision and Policy. 4, 3, p. 179-190 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Gordon Walker's Projects

2013

The DEMAND Centre is funded by the ESRC/EPSRC with support from ECLEER (EDF R&D), Transport for London and the International Energy Agency. The centre started work in May 2013 and will continue until 2018. The Centre is Co-Directed by Professor Elizabeth Shove and Professor Gordon Walker.

The DEMAND Centre (Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand) takes a distinctive approach to end use energy demand, recognising that energy is not used for its own sake but as part of accomplishing social practices at home, at work and in moving around. In essence the Centre focuses on what energy is for. This approach generates an ambitious research agenda that is crucial for organisations involved in demand management and in radically reconfiguring infrastructures, buildings and transport systems in line with greenhouse gas emissions targets. While greater efficiency is important, the trend is often towards more resource intensive standards of comfort, convenience and speed. The problem is that we lack a sophisticated understanding of how these trends take hold and of the underlying dynamics of demand itself. In focusing on how demand is made and met, the Centre will examine changing patterns in mobility and building-related energy use and take forward a wide-ranging agenda for future research and policy.

2011

The goal of this project is to understand the diversity and dynamics of thermal experiences in an ageing society and the implications for current and future energy consumption. The project team is investigating the issue of energy consumption as a socio-technical phenomenon by unpacking the social and material dimensions of energy and carbon challenges related to 'thermal experience' in domestic settings in the UK and France. The empirical research follows two key forms of future change: the demographic trend of an ageing society and the development of energy-efficient technologies. Our aim is not only to understand the implications of these two key dimensions of social and technological change, but also to detect potential synergies, gaps, and mismatches between them as they relate to residential thermal experience.

2010

The Sustainable Practices Research Group (SPRG) comprises seven research projects and four Fellowships conducted across eight UK universities.The SPRG is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, the Scottish Government and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. There is growing recognition of the need for fresh ways of framing problems of climate change, consumption and demand, and for forms of intervention capable of catalysing entrenched habits and practices and of doing so quickly and on a big scale. The SPRG takes a distinctive approach, focusing on social practices and how they evolve over time.

2009

2007

The DEMAND Centre, led by Elizabeth Shove and Gordon Walker, is a major Research Council funded Centre examining the way energy demand is constituted through everday practice. My involvement relates to work on business travel and the way architects design buildings. Further information is available at http://www.demand.ac.uk/