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Phil Northall

Dr Phil Northall BSc (Hons), MA, PhD

Research Associate


Summary

Phil’s research interests are in urban transitions to sustainability, with a particular focus on the governance of innovations for sustainability and the implications of a transition to low carbon economies. This requires investigation of place-based and multi-actor approaches to sustainability, helping to identify, and maximise the impact of, local levers of change. His previous research projects include a study of how local authorities in the UK developed sharing economy platforms to achieve social and environmental goals, and the creation of a resilience framework to understand how to deliver slavery-free communities.

About

Dr Phil Northall is a Research Associate in the Centre for Regional Economic & Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University, and in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham.

At CRESR, Phil is a member of the Sustainable Futures cluster and is engaged on a range of projects investigating the transition to low carbon economies. This includes an assessment of employment and skills opportunities in low carbon energy supply chains, such as hydrogen, as well as research to understand how we deliver just transitions to more sustainable societies. At the University of Nottingham, Phil is involved in a feasibility study of a novel district heating technology, engaging with a variety of community, industry, and public sector stakeholders to understand how this can be implemented. Phil's background is in urban geography and he utilises qualitative research methods to engage with stakeholders, primarily interviews, workshops, case studies, and surveys, with particular expertise in working with local authorities and statutory stakeholders.

Prior to this, Phil was a Research Fellow at the Rights Lab, one of six interdisciplinary beacons of excellence at the University of Nottingham. Phil's interest in place-based approaches and the local governance of sustainability led him to investigate the role of multi-agency partnerships in responding to modern slavery, and to the production of a resilience framework for building slavery-free communities. This work involved engaging with all local stakeholders from the community, private and public sectors, and Phil also provided the secretariat for the Nottinghamshire Modern Slavery Partnership during this time. Phil recently completed his PhD research looking at how local authorities in the UK developed sharing economy platforms to deliver social and environmental goals, and the implications this had on nurturing innovation for sustainability.

Phil's earlier work was outside of academia and includes, delivering behaviour change programmes and regional development for the national active and sustainable travel charity, Sustrans; the creation of a creative industries networking and skills development organisation, CING; running a capacity building programme for community leaders in the Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Network in Manchester; and local government policy research for the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES).

Teaching

Social Sciences and Arts

Research

2022 Mapping local energy infrastructure: Green Energy Parks in England. Sustainable Futures.

2022 South Yorkshire Retrofit Plan. South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

2021-22 Hydrogen economies and just transition: an investigation of regional hydrogen experiments in Northern Europe.

2021-22 Humber Industrial Cluster Plan: Societal and cultural challenges study. Hull & East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

2021-24 Evaluation of the Preventing and Tackling Mental Ill Health Through Green Social Prescribing Project. Defra.

2020-21 Understanding the supply chain and employment impacts of energy investments. South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

Publications

Journal articles

Gardner, A., Northall, P., & Brewster, B. (2020). Building Slavery-free Communities: A Resilience Framework. Journal of Human Trafficking, 1-16. http://doi.org/10.1080/23322705.2020.1777828

Gardner, A., & Northall, P. (n.d.). A ‘Place’ for Stateless People?: Connecting Place-Based Research with Statelessness. Statelessness & Citizenship Review, 2 (1), 148-152. http://doi.org/10.35715/scr2001.1110

Reports

Eadson, W., Northall, P., & Jones, H. (2022). The UK hydrogen economy: a review of global, national and regional policy. Sheffield Hallam University. http://doi.org/10.7190/cresr.2022.1169638300

Eadson, W., Northall, P., Johnston, A., Parkes, S., Wells, P., & While, A. (2022). South Yorkshire low carbon energy supply chains: nuclear sector summary. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/sector-summary-nuclear

Eadson, W., Northall, P., Johnston, A., Parkes, S., Wells, P., & While, A. (2022). South Yorkshire low carbon energy supply chains: insulation sector summary. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/sector-summary-insulation

Eadson, W., Northall, P., Johnston, A., Parkes, S., Wells, P., & While, A. (2022). South Yorkshire low carbon energy supply chains: hydrogen sector summary. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/sector-summary-hydrogen

Eadson, W., Northall, P., Johnston, A., Parkes, S., Wells, P., & While, A. (2022). South Yorkshire low carbon energy supply chains: heat pumps sector summary. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/sector-summary-heat-pumps

Eadson, W., Northall, P., Johnston, A., Parkes, S., Wells, P., & While, A. (2022). South Yorkshire low carbon energy supply chains: heat networks sector summary. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/sector-summary-heat-networks

Eadson, W., Northall, P., Johnston, A., Parkes, S., Wells, P., & While, A. (2022). South Yorkshire low carbon energy supply chains: carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) sector summary. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/sector-summary-carbon-capture-utilisation-and-storage-ccus

Eadson, W., Northall, P., Johnston, A., Parkes, S., Wells, P., & While, A. (2022). Low carbon energy supply chains, employment and skills in South Yorkshire: headline findings. Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. https://www.shu.ac.uk/centre-regional-economic-social-research/publications/low-carbon-energy-supply-chains-employment-and-skills-in-south-yorkshire-headline-findings

Kidd, A., Northall, P., Hanson, F., Tyler, S., & Smith, A. (2020). Modern slavery workshops for regional partnerships. Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre. https://modernslaverypec.org/assets/downloads/Regional-partnership-workshops-all.pdf

Northall, P., Gardner, A., & Brewster, B. (2020). Partnerships for freedom: Improving multi-agency collaboration on modern slavery. Rights Lab, University of Nottingham. https://iasctoolkit.nottingham.ac.uk/download/partnerships-for-freedom-improving-multi-agency-collaboration-on-modern-slavery/?wpdmdl=731&refresh=624710ed359c71648824557

Northall, P. (2008). Culture Led Regeneration & Local Art Communities. Centre for Local Economic Strategies. https://cles.org.uk/publications/culture-led-regeneration-local-art-communities/

Longlands, S., & Northall, P. (2007). A new role for Regional Development Agencies. Centre for Local Economic Strategies. https://cles.org.uk/publications/a-new-role-for-regional-development-agencies/

Northall, P. (2007). Housing Green Paper: More Homes, Better Homes, More Affordable Homes. Centre for Local Economic Strategies. https://cles.org.uk/publications/housing-green-paper-more-homes-better-homes-more-affordable-homes/

Jackson, M., & Northall, P. (2007). Review of sub-national economic development and regeneration: The BIG ISSUES. Centre for Local Economic Strategies. https://cles.org.uk/publications/review-of-sub-national-economic-development-and-regeneration-the-big-issues/

Northall, P. (2007). Planning for a Sustainable Future: White Paper. Centre for Local Economic Strategies. https://cles.org.uk/publications/planning-for-a-sustainable-future-white-paper/

Northall, P. (2007). The Lyons Inquiry. Centre for Local Economic Strategies. https://cles.org.uk/publications/the-lyons-inquiry/

Bradford, V., Jackson, M., & Northall, P. (2006). Rural Renaissance: Ten challenges for creating sustainable and inclusive rural communities. Centre for Local Economic Strategies. https://cles.org.uk/publications/rural-reniassance-ten-challenges-for-creating-sustainable-and-inclusive-rural-communities/

Bradford, V., Jackson, M., & Northall, P. (2006). Encouraging Entrepreneurialism – The Local Enterprise Growth Initiative – The Story So Far. https://cles.org.uk/publications/encouraging-entrepreneurialism-the-local-enterprise-growth-initiative-the-story-so-far/

Northall, P. (2006). Health Inequalities and Lifestyle Health Choices. Centre for Local Economic Strategies. https://cles.org.uk/publications/health-inequalities-and-lifestyle-health-choices/

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