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Max Lacey-Barnacle

Max Lacey-Barnacle

Project Researcher

Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex

Max has experience in energy policy as both a researcher and policy officer. He gained his PhD at Cardiff University in 2019, focusing on energy transitions in Bristol City. The thesis applied core energy justice principles (procedural, distributional, recognition) to prominent organisational structures in the ‘civic energy sector’, in order to explore their social equity and justice implications. His thesis also focused on the energy justice implications of energy decentralisation via analysis of the role of intermediaries and networks in facilitating and enhancing widespread local engagement in low-carbon energy transitions.

Alongside his PhD, Max has spent a year as a Policy Officer at the Energy Saving Trust, where he engaged in Welsh, UK and EU energy and climate policy, focusing on community energy, energy efficiency, fuel poverty and low-carbon transport initiatives. In addition, he has also previously worked for the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, focusing on extending energy justice research in the developing world and collaborating with academics from METU in Ankara, Turkey.

Fuel and transport poverty in the UK’s energy transition (FAIR)