Peter Forman is a senior research associate at Lancaster University (UK). He is currently working on a government-funded project for the ‘Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions’ (CREDS – http://www.creds.ac.uk/flexibility), focusing on better understanding flexibility in UK energy demand. He is based in Lancaster, working with Professor Elizabeth Shove and Dr Stanley Blue, to look at the past, present and future of flexibility in energy demand systems. More information, including updates on the project, can be found here: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/flexibility/

Peter’s broader interests cover the relationships between energy, infrastructures, everyday (in)securities and political ecologies. He is particularly concerned with conceptualising the causes and consequences of dynamism and change within socio-material systems, and with examining the technologies and strategies employed to anticipate these changes and render them known and governable. His work to date has principally focused on dynamism and governance of natural gas, exploring the development and deployment of specific technologies and ‘ways of knowing’ in order to render this potentially dangerous, yet sensorilly elusive, vital material knowable, governable, and commercially tradeable.

Peter completed his PhD at the Department of Geography at Durham University (UK) in March 2017. Supervised by Professor Louise Amoore and Professor Ben Anderson, his doctoral research explored security’s manifold performances in relation to the circulation of natural gas. Between April 2017 and May 2018, Peter held a teaching fellowship at the Institute for Political Science, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany), teaching BA and MA students on the topics of critical security studies and contemporary energy politics. From May 2018, Peter then worked as a research associate for Professor Nicky Gregson at Durham University (UK), exploring the politics relating to contemporary UK waste management, particularly in light of recent changes to China’s policy concerning the purchase of UK recyclate. During this period, Peter also worked as a dissertation supervisor for MA business management students at York University (UK). Peter holds an MA in Social Research Methods, and a BA(Hons) in Human Geography.


Above: Side-by-side comparison of a visible spectrum photograph and an infrared photograph revealing the escape of methane at Aliso Canyon, California, in 2015. Source: Environmental Defense Fund, (2019) – https://www.edf.org/climate/methane-progress-california)