Stephen is a political geographer conducting research at the boundary of geography and public administration, with a particular focus on the rescaling of governance structures. With a background in commercial and academic research around the nuclear industry, he has established a track record of innovative, applied research with industry and community. Most of this work tires to answer the same simple questions 'what are people owed and how do they get it?'
Stephen currently focusses public value management. This involves research developing and applying wider than economic measures of the value of policies, plans and programmes, particularly in the public sector. This is a project supported by the Samuel Lindow Foundation, an independent educational charity, and conducted with partners in industry including the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the National Nuclear Laboratory and the European Space Agency. Stephen is leading on the elements of the work relating to public dialogue and consultation for public value management. Most recently he led the implementation of a novel community and industry forum for dialogue about potential advanced nuclear reactors and the community expectations of any new developments.
Stephen's research has focussed on the governance of the nuclear industry and the relationship between hazardous facilities and their host communities. This expertise led to an appointment to the Ministry of Defence Submarine Dismantling Project Advisory Group and Site Selection Sub Group from 2012-2016. Stephen has worked on research across several European countries and represented the UK at an international level for European Commission funded research into the governance of radioactive waste management. Stephen has organised a large number of international conferences and events on a wide range of issues, particularly those faced by peripheral and isolated communities.
- PhD Political Geography, University of Central Lancashire, 2018
- BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews, 2008
- Public value
- Geographies of value
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society