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Gerald Taylor Aiken

Gerald Taylor Aiken

Postdoctoral researcher

Academic Area(s) Multidisciplinary, general & others / Human geography & demography / Sociology & social sciences
Faculty or Centre Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education
Research Unit RU IPSE
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E02 25-380
Email
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 9512
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39512
Speaks English, Doric
Research Stays in Luxembourg, Austria, United Kingdom

I am a Geographer who studies the ways community is used to understand, value and relate to the environment. Currently I lead a project called CAPTURE: Community and Participation: Transitioning 'Usual' Research on Environmentalism.

CAPTURE

Civil society actors gathered in so-called community initiatives generate a particular impetus for low carbon transitions. This research project critically examines the concept and practice of community transitions, through a collaborative and participative design process. It uses Luxembourg as a 'master case study' within which various groups, initiatives and their particular projects and activities can be examined. Furthermore, the specific context of a small state allows for an in-depth analysis of how these initiatives articulate demands with public and corporate actors in the overarching governance regime. This research seeks to understand how international movements and concepts can impact, locally materialise and mobilise people in various places. The working proviso is that these international movements and concepts need to be thoroughly adapted and creatively transformed in order to be fruitful in the communities within which they are applied, and whom they are seeking to mobilise.

 

My PhD was an in-depth study on the Transition movement (The Production, Practice, and Potential of ‘Community’ in Edinburgh’s Transition Town Network, 2014). My commitment to participative and engaged critical research can be seen not only in the publications which emerged from this project, but also in the feedback participants gave on the helpfulness of the process. For example Transition Towns founder Rob Hopkins has written that my PhD is 'a very useful resource' (2016). 

I am the Reviews Editor for Local Environment. Please get in contact if you have an idea for review, or a relevant book you are interested in covering, as I am always looking for overlooked and innovative publications to cover. 

Together with other early career researchers I co-founded the RIPPLES Network. 

 I am also on Twitter, @gtalux

 

                                                                                                                                             



Last updated on: 17 Apr 2018

Scholar-Activism

Political Geography

Low Carbon Transitions

Human Ecology

Environmental Governance

Environmental Ethics

Community Studies

Climate Justice

(Participatory) Action Research

Secular and Political Theology

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Last updated on: 14 Jul 2015

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Last updated on: 20 Feb 2018

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2018

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See detailOne-way street? Spatiality of communities in low carbon transitions, in Scotland
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Energy Research & Social Science (2018), 36

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See detailCommunity as tool for Low Carbon Transitions: involvement and containment, policy and action
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space (2018)

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2017

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See detailWhat I love about Permaculture
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

Article for general public (2017)

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See detailPermaculture and the social design of nature
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Geografiska Annaler Series B : Human Geography (2017)

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See detailSocial Innovation and Participatory Action Research: A way to research community?
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in European Public & Social Innovation Review (2017), 2(1),

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See detailReview of 'Environmental Publics' by Sally Eden
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Local Environment (2017)

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See detailThe politics of community: togetherness, Transition and post-politics
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Environment and Planning A (2017)

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See detailResearching climate change and community in neoliberal contexts: an emerging critical approach
Taylor Aiken, Gerald; Middlemiss, Lucie; Sallu, Susie; Hauxwell-Baldwin, Richard

in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (2017)

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See detailEditorial: the 2 + n ecosophies
Taylor Aiken, Gerald; Shaw, Robert

in Geografiska Annaler Series B : Human Geography (2017), (2),

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2016

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See detailProsaic state governance of community low carbon transitions
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Political Geography (2016), 55(November), 20-29

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See detailPolysemic, Polyvalent and Phatic: A Rough Evolution of Community With Reference to Low Carbon Transitions
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in People, Place and Policy (2016), 10(2), 126-145

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2015

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See detailCommunity Number Capture
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Soundings (2015), (58 Winter), 81-90

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See detail(Local-) community for global challenges: carbon conversations, transition towns and governmental elisions
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability (2015), 20(7), 764-781

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2014

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See detailCommon Sense Community? The Climate Challenge Fund's Official and Tacit Community Construction
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Scottish Geographical Journal (2014), 130(3), 207-221

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2013

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2012

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See detailCommunity Transitions to Low Carbon Futures in the Transition Towns Network (TTN)
Taylor Aiken, Gerald

in Geography Compass (2012), 6(2), 89-99

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