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Will Eadson

Dr Will Eadson BA (Hons), MA, PhD



Will has worked in environmental, economic and social policy research and teaching since 2004, on a wide range of research projects for local, regional and national government, charities and housing bodies. Will's central research interests lay around the urban sustainability and energy transitions, with particular interest in the position of local economies that might be vulnerable or exposed to changes in policy or the economic value of carbon emissions. In particular he is interested in better understanding the spatial interrelations of social and economic vulnerability to low carbon transitions.

  • About

    Work in this area includes a British Academy-funded project looking at the capacity and capability of local governments in the UK to act on carbon reduction at a city level; work for DECC on urban heat networks and also on community approaches to domestic energy savings; a number of evaluations of fuel poverty initiatives; work on city-regional attempts to stimulate the low carbon economy; studies of SME attitudes and actions on carbon reduction; and Will's PhD study on the evolution of local and regional climate change policy in England.

    Will is also currently leading a programme of work around the future of urban green space, including two research projects for Groundwork UK, focusing respectively on catalysing community engagement with green space and engaging young people in green space and environmental action.

    Broader interests on urban sustainability include the politics of urban air quality, inclusive local economic development and sub-national government.

    Will is CRESR’s Postgraduate Research Tutor and through this role is also a Deputy Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Cities, Environment and Liveability pathway. He is also co-editor of People, Place and Policy journal ( Please contact Will for further information about postgraduate study in CRESR or PPP journal.

    Research interests

    • climate change / energy policy and the politics of low carbon transitions
    • urban sustainability (including green infrastructure, air quality and subterranean resource infrastructures)
    • low carbon goods and services
    • fuel poverty
    • sub-national economic governance

    PhD supervision

    Will would welcome discussion on supervising students around any of the following areas

    • economic geographies of low carbon transitions
    • socially and spatially just low carbon transitions
    • politics of urban air quality
    • politics of sustainable urban infrastructure (e.g. heat, water, waste, transport, housing)
    • politics of urban green space provision
    • politics of smart cities
    • engaging small firms in the transition to a low carbon economy
  • Research

    • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

    2016-18 Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants Scheme evaluation (Director)

    2016-18 Groundwork Green Leaders evaluation (Director)

    2016-17 RCGP Fuel Poverty Pilot evaluation (Director)

    2015-16 City regions, housing and planning study, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Team member)

    2015-17 DECC fuel poverty health booster evaluation, DECC (Director)

    2015-17 Wigan AWARM evaluation, Wigan Borough Council (Dierctor – maternity cover)

    2015-16 Furniture provision in social housing, NIHE (Manager)

    2015-16 FILT warm homes evaluation, Foundations for Independent Living Trust (Team member)

    2015 Infrastructure and planning study, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Team member)

    2015 Development of a local carbon economic resilience index, Sheffield Hallam University (Director)

    2014-19 Evaluation of HLF’s First World War activity, HLF (Director)

    2014 Low Carbon Leicester and Leicestershire research study, Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. (Director)

    2014 Evaluation of Big Energy Savings Network, DECC (Manager)

    2013-15 Holocaust Memorial Day impact study, HMDT (Manager)

    2013-14 Evaluation of the Low Carbon Pioneer Heat Networks programme, DECC (Manager)

    2013 Exploring the impact of collective switching on consumers and energy markets, Imagine. (Manager)

    2013 - 16 Oldham Warm Homes evaluation, Oldham Council. (Director)

  • Publications

  • Media

    Dr Will Eadson is a researcher in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research. His main research interests focus on government policy and the role of local and city-regional organisations in leading the transition to a low carbon economy.

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