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 how we can understand flexibility in the context of UK energy systems. He is based in Lancaster, and works with Professor Elizabeth Shove and Dr Stanley Blue. More information, including project updates, can be found on the following webpage: http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/flexibility/
Peter’s broader research explores the sources and governance of dynamism within socio-technical systems. He is particularly concerned with the processes and technologies through which these systems and their capacities to change become rendered known, politicisable and governable. His work to date has focused on how risk is calculated in relation to natural gas pipelines and how gas and its surroundings become transformed and reorganised according to competing notions of risk. His forthcoming projects aim to explore the governance of other gases (hydrogen and air pollution). As such, this work sits at an intersection between a broad variety of fields, including: political, urban and energy geographies, critical security studies, resilience, political ecology, engineering, physics and sociology.
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 how security is performed in relation to the UK domestic circulation of natural gas. Between April 2017 and May 2018, he held a teaching and research fellowship at the Institute for Political Science, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Germany). Here, he developed two new courses that introduced students to key debates within critical security studies and contemporary energy politics. From May 2018, he then worked as a research associate for Professor Nicky Gregson at Durham University (UK), during which he researched contemporary challenges in UK waste management. He has also worked as a dissertation supervisor for MA business management students at York University (UK) and holds an MA in Social Research Methods, as well as a BA(Hons) in Human Geography.