School of Earth and Environment

Paul Upham Dr Paul Upham

Senior Research Fellow SEE/SPEME

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I work on the engagement of civil society actors in energy technology RD&D, drawing on concepts from psychology, science and technology studies, innovation studies and other literatures. I use qualitative and quantitative methods, empirically documenting perceptions, with the further aim of contributing to thinking on what might be termed technology democratisation. This is the long-standing governance concern of how best to achieve societal influence and oversight of commercial technological innovation.

After a PhD in sustainability theory and indication completed in September 1999, I initially worked on airport and aviation environmental policy at the Centre for Air Transport and the Environment and then on bioenergy and biofuel governance and sustainability assessment at Tyndall Manchester and Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, where I was a Senior Research Fellow. I remain affiliated to the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and am Visiting Professor in Governance of Energy Systems and Climate Change at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). Currently I am working with SYKE on the project FIP-Trans, exploring the connections between innovation policy and transport policy in Finland and the UK.

I have been a sustainability course coordinator at UG level and have supervised students at all levels. Since 2000 I have published about 40 peer-reviewed papers in policy domains ranging across aviation, bioenergy, biofuels, hydrogen, CCS and carbon labeling; I have been Co-I and PI on several RCUK and EC grants; and I am a consultant and referee to a range of agencies and publications internationally, as well as an IPCC expert reviewer.


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