Victoria Johnson is a Research Associate at the SCI. She is an experienced interdisciplinary and widely published researcher in the fields of climate change and energy policy at the domestic and international level. To date, she has led or contributed over 30 policy-relevant publications in these fields, including peer-reviewed academic literature.
Victoria’s principal research interests relate to the mechanisms and societal implications of socio-technical transitions across a range of spatial scales with a particular reference to power, agency, social justice and international development.
She is currently working with Professor Frank Geels to compare patterns of diffusion of low-energy technologies (district heating, light-rail networks, passivhaus) in the UK with other European countries. This project is part of a programme of work by the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand, one of the EPSRC-funded End Use Energy Demand research centres.
Between 2013 and 2014, Victoria was Research Associate at the Low Carbon Research Institute of Wales, based at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, where she worked on the EPSRC funded Realising Transition Pathways project. Her work focussed on examining historical transitions in the UK energy sector and the institutional transformation necessary for 50 per cent distributed low-carbon electricity generation in the UK.
Between 2007 and 2012, Victoria led the research programme on climate change and energy policy at leading independent think tank NEF (New Economics Foundation).
Victoria has a BSc in Environmental Sciences, a MSc (awarded with distinction) in Climate Change, both from the University of East Anglia, and a PhD in Atmospheric Physics from Imperial College, London.