Tim is Professor of Sustainability Transitions at SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit). His research explores technological and social factors relating to the innovation of new energy technologies, the co-evolution of technologies and institutions for a transition to a sustainable low carbon economy, and relations and interdependencies between energy use and economic growth. His current research focuses on low carbon industrial strategy, reorienting invesments and divesting from fossil fuels, examining business models for local low carbon infrastructure, and the relations between energy use and economic growth.
He was previously a Reader in Sustainability and Innovation at the University of Leeds, and Research Associate/Lecturer at Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Board of the European Society for Ecological Economics and one of the coordinators of the Environment-Economy Interactions Research Area of the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy.
His new book “Energy and Economic Growth: Why we need a new pathway to prosperity” was published by Routledge in 2017.