Prof. Stewart Barr
Stewart Barr graduated from the University of Exeter’s Geography Department in 1998 and continued his studies at Exeter undertaking a PhD thesis entitled ‘Factors influencing household attitudes and behaviours towards waste management in Exeter, Devon’. Building on this research, he worked for two years in the School as a post-doctoral researcher on an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project entitled ‘Environmental Action in and Around the Home’. He became a Lecturer in Geography in 2003, Senior Lecturer Geography from 2008 to 2012 and is now Associate Professor in Geography. From 2004 to 2011 he was Co-director of the MSc in Sustainable Development and now convenes a range of undergraduate modules focusing on sustainable development and geographical concepts and research methods. Stewart’s research interests lie in the geographies of sustainable development: environmental and sustainability policy in the UK; environmental lifestyles and citizenship; sustainable travel, tourism and mobilities and quantitative methods in geography. He has recently completed an ESRC funded project on ‘Promoting Sustainable Travel: a social marketing approach’, which has led to an ESRC Follow-on fund project that is exploring the development on a community of practice for successful behavioural change campaigns. He also holds awards from the Leverhulme Trust (on the social context of sustainable household waste management) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (on the values involved in the Transition movement). Stewart currently supervises 14 PhD candidates in the field of sustainability science. He is also on the founding committee of the Royal Geographical Society’s (RGS) Energy Geographies Working Group, as well as a committee member of the Planning and Environment Research Group of the RGS.
Special Contribution: Guest Editor of the Special Issue of BJECC on Energy Securities in an Age of Climate Change: Scaling the Challenge