Ioan is a Doctor of Engineering and Social Sciences, with a background in Environmental Sustainability and Physical Geography. He is a Research Associate in the Centre for Sustainable Transitions (CST) at the University of Central Lancashire, working with Professor John Whitton (Centre Director), which explores a myriad of interdisciplinary issues related to global climate-related challenges and transitioning towards a more sustainable society.
Ioan's role is primarily research-based but involves the delivery of energy, social science and sustainability lectures on several Engineering modules. Research publications include book chapters, journal papers, and a co-edited book entitled 'Governing Shale Gas: Development, Citizen Participation and Decision Making in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe', published in 2018. Ioan is currently involved in a several multidisciplinary research projects, including explorations of public participation, climate change and sustainability in Blackpool, UK, and agroforestry, climate change and sustainability in Nairobi, Kenya. Ioan also supervises students at PhD level and is the Centre Co-Ordinator for the Centre of Sustainable Transitions at UCLan.
Following a Bachelors degree in Physical Geography (Northumbria University, 2005) and a Masters degree in Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology (Keele University, 2011), Ioan commenced his EPSRC Case Award PhD at the University of Central Lancashire in 2012, researching stakeholder dialogue and perceived social sustainability impacts of new nuclear energy developments in Anglesey, North Wales. This PhD was conducted in partnership with the UK's National Nuclear Laboratory. Since the completion of his PhD, Ioan has continued his research at UCLan in both Post-Doctoral Research Associate (2016-2019) and now Research Associate (Staff, 2019-present) positions. From 2015 to 2019, Ioan was also a social science researcher and lead author (project reports) on the Horizon 2020/EURATOM HoNESt 'History of Nuclear Energy and Society' Project. This was an international research project receiving over €3 million in funding, based on cross-disciplinary research between historians, social scientists and other disciplinary experts. Ioan's research explores various topics, including the social aspects of sustainability at the community level, public participation and the role of public citizens in local decision making, the socio-environmental and socio-economic impacts of large-scale challenges to communities, such as climate change and technology, and the social dimensions of energy studies more broadly. Ioan has published peer-reviewed journal articles, co-edited books and book chapters every year since 2015 to the present in both academic and industry publications.
- PhD Engineering and Social Sciences (EPSRC CASE Award), University of Central Lancashire, 2017
- MSc Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology, Keele University, 2011
- BSc (Hons) Physical Geography, University of Northumbria, 2005
- Sustainable Transitions
- Public Participation and Decision-Making
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Social Sustainability
- Sustainable Community Development
- Energy Governance
- Energy Impacts