Tom Hambley

PhD Researcher

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Consumption and change

Research Supervision:Yes

Tom joined the GSI in September 2019 as a PhD student on the Vice Chancellor’s Studentship ‘User engagement with renewable energy: what works in theory and what is done in practice?’. The project is interested in the theories of engagement proposed in academic literature, and their utilisation and deployment in a practical environment.


Completing a Master’s Degree in Climate Change: History, Culture, Society at King’s College London, his dissertation investigated the relationship between place attachment and the prevalence of support or resistance of local communities towards two tidal energy projects in the UK. This built upon an undergraduate dissertation analysing attitudes towards onshore and offshore wind power on the Isle of Wight, as a response to prevalent claims regarding NIMBYism amongst its communities.

Research interests

  • The relationship between people and place in the context of the energy transition.
  • Policy for the implementation of renewable energy in the UK and internationally.
  • Theories of engagement and participation with the energy system


BA Geography, University of Southampton (2014-17)
MA Climate Change: History, Culture, Society, King’s College London (2018-19)

Selected recent publications

Renewable Energy Association, ElectraLink 2019. Flexible Futures: Using data to understand and navigate the new power market [Online].