School of Earth and Environment

Paul Upham Dr Paul Upham

Senior Research Fellow SEE/SPEME

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Dr Paul Upham is a University Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Integrated Energy Research and Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds. He has been Visiting Professor in Governance of Energy Systems and Climate Change at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), Helsinki and a member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (University of Manchester). Paul works on energy RD&D governance, particularly public opinion, drawing on a variety of environmental social science literatures. He has taught and supervised at all levels and has published some 50 peer-reviewed papers in a variety of policy domains, since completing a PhD in sustainability assessment in late 1999. Recent collaborations include a Tekes-funded project on sustainability transitions in transport, with SYKE and Aalto; a multi-partner EPSRC project on the innovation system of a novel waste to energy technology, led by Aston University; and the public opinion component of a Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking project (social science partners being Ciemat and Fraunhofer ISI).


BSc (Hons) Psychology

MSc Environmental Resource Assessment

PhD Sustainability Assessment


Research Interests

  • Public and civil society engagement in - and perceptions of - energy technology and policy
  • Policy and governance implicatons of the above
  • Applied domains include: carbon capture and storage, bioenergy & biofuels, aviation, carbon labelling, energy and emission scenarios for regions and cities

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