John is Professor of Engineering and Social Science. He has a multi-disciplinary background in Environmental Science, Engineering and Social Science and joined UCLan in 2014, following a career in industry as an Environmental Social Scientist. John’s particular expertise is developing and applying novel social science research methods across these disciplines, in both academic and practice-based settings.
John is a Director of the UCLan Centre for Sustainable Transitions – a research centre that brings together Engineers, Social Scientists and Psychologists to work on the systemic challenges presented by the social impacts of Climate Change. He is also a Director of the UCLan Institute for Citizenship, Society and Change – a collaboration of research strands from four UCLan Faculties into a critical mass capable of extensive transdisciplinary research.
John has worked in a variety of research and practice based roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors – focusing on the interaction between the natural environment and society, particularly seeking to understand the everyday interactions between the natural environment and those within it. This interest has led to roles in the voluntary sector in conservation and community development in a variety of settings. He was successful in a £1m bid to the National Lottery for a community in Cheshire for resident led improvements to the local area. He then later became a Director of Local Trust, overseer of £220M, 15 year resident-led National Lottery Community Regeneration Programme, Big Local.
- PhD "Participant Perceptions on the Nature of Stakeholder Dialogue Carried Out by the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)" University of Manchester. 2010
- MSc Geotechnical Engineering, University Of Glasgow. 1997.
- B.Sc. (Hons), Earth Science (Environmental Science / Geology), Liverpool John Moores University. 1994.
- Social Sustainability, Zero Carbon Transitions, Community Resilience
- John is a Chartered Scientist and a Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.