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Sociology: People


Rhys Howell

Rhys Howell
Rhys Howell
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Sustainability, Social Impact Assessment, Marine planning, Community Development, Community energy, Marine energy, Social responses, Renewable energy, Participation

I am currently completing fieldwork in the Scottish Highlands and Islands investigating the relationship between people, place, community and marine energy. I am seeking to understand the dynamics of potential marine energy host communities, in order to determine how these projects might affect the community, how people might respond to these energy projects and how communities should be engaged in project planning.  

I also co-organised Future Connections 2015 a cross-disciplinary conference for sustainability researchers.


Dr Claire Haggett & Dr Simon Allen


MSc Environmental Sustainability, University of Edinburgh

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, University of East Anglia


Lecturer in Sustainable Rural Development, Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands and Islands, 2015-2016

Tutor on Science and Society 1B, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, 2014

Tutor on Principles of Environmental Sustainability MSc course, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, 2010 - 2014

Guest Lecturer on Environment and Society course, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, 2011 

Selected publications and reports

Howell, R, Shackley, S, Mabon, L, Ashworth, P and Jeanneret, T (2014) Engaging the public with low-carbon energy technologies: results from a Scottish large group process, Energy Policy, 66, 496-506.

Brunsting, S, Mastop, J, Kaiser, M, Zimmer, R, Shackley, S, Mabon, L and Howell, R (2014) CCS Acceptability: Social Site Characterization and Advancing Awareness at Prospective Storage Sites in Poland and Scotland,  Oil & Gas Science and Technology – Rev. IFP Energies nouvelles, 1-18.

Ashworth, P, Einsiedel, E, Howell, R, Brunsting, S, Boughen, N, Boyd, A, Shackley, S, Van Breed, B, Jeanneret, T, Stenner, K, Medlock, J, Mabon, L, Feenstra, CFJ and Hekkenberg, M (2013) Public preferences to CCS: How does it change across countries?, Energy Procedia, 37, 7410 - 7418.

Brunsting, S, Pol, M, Mastop, EA, Kaiser, M, Zimmer, R, Shackley, S, Mabon, L, Howell, R, Hepplewhite, F, Loveridge, R, Mazurowski, M, Rybicki, C (2013) Social Site Characterisation for CO2 storage operations to inform public engagement in Poland and Scotland, Energy Procedia, 37, 7327 - 7336.

Howell, R, Wisdahl, M, Farthing, J, Somervell, D, and Bownes, M (2013) OurEd: Creating an Online Social Responsibility and Sustainability Community, International Journal of Sustainability Education, 8, 1- 9.

Howell, R, Shackley, S and Mabon, L (2012) 'Public perceptions of low-carbon energy technologies: Results from a Scottish large group process', GCCSI: Canberra.