I am an interdisciplinary energy researcher with a background in mechanical engineering and environmental social science. My work examines the interconnected policy, market and regulatory challenges of transforming carbon based energy systems and enabling the development of lower carbon energy infrastructure. I have a particular interest in sustainability transitions research and the study of electricity market design processes.
I am a member of the School's Energy and Society Research Group which brings together energy research in sociology, science, technology and innovation studies (STIS), social anthropology and political science.
PhD, Energy Policy, University of Leeds
MSc, Environmental Sustainability, University of Edinburgh
BEng, Mechanical Engineering, National University of Ireland Galway
Climate change and energy policy energy policy and politics Technology and society sociology of markets Sustainability
Reframing Energy Demand: Innovation for Sustainable Heat: An EPSRC funded project investigating the politics of sustainable heat pathways in the UK, Germany and Denmark. We collaborate with the Centre for Innovation in Energy Demand based at SPRU
European Energy Policy and Markets: A study of the emergence and development of the the EU’s Internal Electricity Market (IEM), with a particular focus on implications for Scottish and UK energy system transitions. The project is funded by the Scottish Government through ClimateXChange
InGrid - Integration of Power Transmission Grids: Researching Integration of Power Transmission Grids - Prospects and Challenges at National and European Levels in advancing the energy transition. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the ENERGIX programme
I am interested in supervising PhDs in: Socio-technical Systems, UK and International Energy Policy, Future of Energy Markets, Infrastructure Governance and Climate Change
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My full publication list is available online.
Hall, S., Foxon, T. & Bolton, R. Financing the Civic Energy Sector: How financial institutions affect ownership models in Germany and the United Kingdom. Energy Research and Social Science (forthcoming)
Bolton, R., Foxon, T. & Hall, S. Energy transitions and uncertainty: Creating low carbon investment opportunities in the UK electricity sector. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy (forthcoming)
Hall, S., Foxon, T. & Bolton, R. Investing in low carbon transitions: Energy finance as an Adaptive Market. Climate Policy (forthcoming)
Bolton, R. & Foxon, T. (2015) Infrastructure transformation as a socio-technical process: Implications for the governance of energy distribution networks in the UK. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 90, Part B
Bolton, R. & Foxon, T. (2015) A socio-technical perspective on low carbon investment challenges - Insights for UK energy policy. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions. 14, p. 165-181
Bolton, R. & Foxon, T. (2013) Urban Infrastructure Dynamics: Market Regulation and the Shaping of District Energy in UK Cities. Environment and Planning A. 45, 9, p. 2194-2211