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Dr Kirsten Jenkins

Post:Research Fellow in Energy Justice and Transitions (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)

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Dr Kirsten Jenkins is a social scientist with a specific interest in transitions towards clean, socially just energy systems. She serves as a Research Fellow at the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand. Kirsten joined SPRU in December 2016 and is working on a wide range of research projects focusing on energy justice and energy transitions.

Kirsten completed a ESRC-funded PhD entitled "Discourses of Energy Justice: The Case of Nuclear Energy" at the University of St Andrews in 2016. She holds two previous degrees with specialisms in energy and society, an MRes in Sustainable Development and a BSc in Sustainable Development, both from the University of St Andrews also.

Alongside her role at CIED Kirsten serves as the Early Career Representative for the Energy Geographies Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG. She is also guest editor of an Energy Justice Virtual Special Issue in the journal Energy Policy, published between April and June 2017, and Managing Editor of the journal Energy Research & Social Science. 

Kirsten has authored several articles in journals such as Energy Research & Social Science, Energy Policy and Energy. She has written book chapters, magazine articles and blog posts. She is also a reviewer for several international journals, including Energy Research and Social ScienceEnergy Policy, Nature Energy and Science Technology and Human Values and presents her research regularly at international conferences.



Kirsten is responsible for the development of cross-cutting themes across the Centre of Innovation and Energy Demand. This involves working with different project members to synthesise key lessons for low-energy innovation and demand management, and to develop these insights and findings into publications. Kirsten will also lead a book written by CIED.