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Ioan is a UCLan Energy post-graduate researcher, and is part of the Energy and Society Research Group and the Lancashire Research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change. His research looks at the interactions between energy infrastructure and society, at different scales, and the impacts of energy developments on nearby communities.
Ioan’s Ph.D. thesis was entitled “Strategic stakeholder dialogue and social sustainability indicator development for nuclear decision-making in Anglesey, North Wales”. The research project involved engaging with different social groups (farmers/agriculturalists, secondary school teachers and secondary school students) in Anglesey, North Wales, to identify priorities in relation to social impacts of nuclear energy infrastructure, and understanding how stakeholder engagement with these groups could be improved by co-developing development-related social sustainability indicators. This involved engaging with participants through dialogue-based focus groups.
Ioan’s academic research interests lie in the social dimension of energy studies, particularly in examining societal interactions with large-scale energy developments and the impacts of energy technologies on communities. His research also considers concepts such as public and stakeholder engagement, energy-related decision-making, social justice, energy governance and social sustainability. Ioan’s research considers technologies such as nuclear power and shale gas, and he has an ongoing interest in other large-scale infrastructure such as electricity transmission systems and wind power.
Ioan is currently involved in the Horizon 2020 project “History of Nuclear Energy and Society”, led by Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona with academic partners from across the EU. Ioan has also co-authored a recently published book entitled “Governing Shale Gas: Development, Citizen Participation and Decision Making in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe”, published by Routledge within their Energy Policy Series.
Whitton, J., Cotton, M., Braisier, K. and Charnley-Parry, I. (eds.) (2018) Governing Shale Gas: Development, Citizen Participation and Decision Making in the US, Canada, Australia and Europe (Routledge Studies in Energy Policy). (Routledge Earthscan, Abingdon)
Whitton, J., Brasier, K., Charnley-Parry, I., Cotton, M. (2017) The development of shale gas governance in the United Kingdom and United States: opportunities for public participation and implications for social justice. Energy Research & Social Science; 26: 11-22.
Whitton, J., Parry, I., Grundy, C., Lillycrop, A., Ross, D. (2016) A review of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) Public Dialogue Pilot (2015) for new nuclear build in the UK: lessons for engagement theory and practice. Journal of Radiological Protection; 36 (2): S23 – 44.
Whitton, J., Parry, I.M., Akiyoshi, M., Lawless, W. (2015) Conceptualizing a social sustainability framework for energy infrastructure decisions. Energy Research & Social Science; 8: 127-138