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Dr. Jake Barnes

  • University of Oxford

Jake Barnes is a researcher within the Energy Programme at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, and an Oxford Martin Fellow. Jake holds a BA(Hons) in International Relations from the University of the West of England, UK, an MSc in Energy Policy from the University of Exeter, and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy studies from SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex (the local embedding of technologies through community-led energy initiatives). Since completing his PHD in 2015, Jake worked on a European Commission Framework Programme 7 project (Accelerating and Re-scaling Transitions to Sustainability), investigating the agency and impact of community, public and private initiatives in European city-regions in making progress towards sustainability and their interaction with local and national governance processes. Jake currently works within the Oxford Martin School Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy where he is assessing the impacts of increasing amounts of renewables for the achievement of low carbon heating.

Complementing his academic work, Jake is a founding Director of Bristol Energy Network, an umbrella initiative and community interest company that facilitates community-based action on energy within the city of Bristol, UK. Set up in 2011 the Network has facilitated the development and dissemination of a large range of community initiatives and social enterprises, has worked with a wide range of partners including local and national government to develop new business and community engagement models and has contributed to local energy governance. Through his work in the Network, Jake contributed to the city of Bristol being crowned European Green Capital in 2015. 

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