School of Earth and Environment

Tim Foxon Dr Tim Foxon

Visiting Professor

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


Dr Tim Foxon is a Reader in Sustainability & Innovation in the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. He is a member of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the new Centre for Integrated Energy Research at Leeds. His research focuses on innovation systems and processes for a transition to a low carbon economy. He is interested in how path dependency arises through co-evolution of technologies and institutions (social rule systems), how this can lead to lock-in of particular paths, and how policies to promote diversity of options and long-term thinking can help to overcome such lock-in. His current research focuses on Realising transition pathways to a UK low carbon electricity system (EPSRC), examing business models for local low carbon infrastructure (EPSRC/ESRC), and the relations between energy use and economic growth. He was a co-investigator on research examining Transition pathways to a low carbon economy, supported by EPSRC and E.On UK, as well as on an EPSRC project on future energy decision making for cities, and leader of an ESRC research seminar series on Complexity economics for sustainability. He was previously a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds, and Research Associate/Lecturer at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge.

Current research projects

Completed research projects

Current PhD students

  • Liz Morgan - Ways of framing climate change to drive material scale mitigation and adaption strategies of large consumer-facing businesses (2012-17)
  • Lina Brand - Energy services and human needs (2015-18)

Completed PhD students

Areas for PhD supervision

  • Low carbon innovation
  • Technological and institutional change
  • Energy policy

Research Interests

  • low-carbon innovation
  • UK energy policy
  • sustainable innovation
  • technological and institutional change.