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Dr Will Eadson

Job title: 
Senior Research Fellow, BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Phone 0114 225 4173
E-mail w.eadson@shu.ac.uk

Will has worked in environmental, economic and social policy research and teaching since 2004, on a wide range of research projects for local, regional and national government, charities and housing bodies. Will's central research interests lay around the urban sustainability and energy transitions, with particular interest in the position of local economies that might be vulnerable or exposed to changes in policy or the economic value of carbon emissions. In particular he is interested in better understanding the spatial interrelations of social and economic vulnerability to low carbon transitions.

Work in this area includes a British Academy-funded project looking at the capacity and capability of local governments in the UK to act on carbon reduction at a city level; work for DECC on urban heat networks and also on community approaches to domestic energy savings; a number of evaluations of fuel poverty initiatives; work on city-regional attempts to stimulate the low carbon economy; studies of SME attitudes and actions on carbon reduction; and Will's PhD study on the evolution of local and regional climate change policy in England.

Will is also currently leading a programme of work around the future of urban green space, including two research projects for Groundwork UK, focusing respectively on catalysing community engagement with green space and engaging young people in green space and environmental action.

Broader interests on urban sustainability include the politics of urban air quality,  inclusive local economic development and sub-national government.

Will is CRESR’s Postgraduate Research Tutor and through this role is also a Deputy Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Cities, Environment and Liveability pathway. He is also co-editor of People, Place and Policy journal (www.ppp-online.org) Please contact Will for further information about postgraduate study in CRESR or PPP journal.

Research interests

Will has wide-ranging research interests including

  • climate change / energy policy and the politics of low carbon transitions
  • urban sustainability (including green infrastructure, air quality and subterranean resource infrastructures)
  • low carbon goods and services
  • fuel poverty
  • sub-national economic governance

Current research projects

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

2016-18 Tesco Bags of Help Community Grants Scheme evaluation (Director)

2016-18 Groundwork Green Leaders evaluation (Director)

2016-17 RCGP Fuel Poverty Pilot evaluation (Director)

2015-16 City regions, housing and planning study, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Team member)

2015-17 DECC fuel poverty health booster evaluation, DECC (Director)

2015-17 Wigan AWARM evaluation, Wigan Borough Council (Dierctor – maternity cover)

2015-16 Furniture provision in social housing, NIHE (Manager)

2015-16 FILT warm homes evaluation, Foundations for Independent Living Trust (Team member)

2015 Infrastructure and planning study, Joseph Rowntree Foundation (Team member)

2015 Development of a local carbon economic resilience index, Sheffield Hallam University (Director)

2014-19 Evaluation of HLF’s First World War activity, HLF (Director)

2014 Low Carbon Leicester and Leicestershire research study, Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership. (Director)

2014 Evaluation of Big Energy Savings Network, DECC (Manager)

2013-15 Holocaust Memorial Day impact study, HMDT ( Manager)

2013-14 Evaluation of the Low Carbon Pioneer Heat Networks programme, DECC (Manager)

2013 Exploring the impact of collective switching on consumers and energy markets, Imagine. (Manager)

2013-16 Oldham Warm Homes evaluation, Oldham Council. (Director)

Selected research reports

Please contact me for further details about these research projects and for summaries of the findings.

Bashir, N., Eadson, W. and Pattison, B. (2017) Warm Homes Oldham evaluation: final report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Batty, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Pearson, S., Sanderson, E., Lindsay, C. and Cullen, A.M. (2017) Making it Work: Learning and Evaluation Contract - final report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bennett, E. and Eadson, W. (2017) Private, voluntary and public sector partnership for outdoor space provision: policy lessons from the Bags of Help grant programme evaluation. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Crisp, R., Cole, I., Eadson, W., Ferrari, E., Powell, R. and While, A. (2017) Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions. York: JRF.

Eadson, W., Gore, T. and Povey, L. (2017) Evaluation of Royal College of GPs: Fuel Poverty Pilot. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Eadson, W. and Leather, D. (2017) Fuel Poverty Health Booster Fund evaluation. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Batty, E., Eadson, W., Hickman, P. and Quinn, G. (2016) Assessment of the need for furniture provision for new NIHE tenants. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Bennett, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J. and Tod, A. (2016) Warm, safe and well: The Evaluation of the Warm at Home Programme - Summary report. Glossop: Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).

Bennett, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J. and Tod, A. (2016) Warm, safe and well: The Evaluation of the Warm at Home Programme. Glossop: Foundations Independent Living Trust (FILT).

Crisp, R., Eadson, W. and While, A. (2016) Tackling poverty through housing and planning policy in city regions. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P. and McCarthy, L. (2015) Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P. and McCarthy, L. (2015) Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35: executive summary. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Pinder, J. (2015) Evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network. London: DECC.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Pinder, J. with Gilbertson, J. and O'Flaherty, F. (2015) Low Carbon Pioneer Cities Heat Networks Project: a process evaluation. London: DECC.

Bashir, N., Bennett, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W. and Sanderson. E. (2015) Evaluation of Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War Centenary Activity: Year 1 report - Executive Summary. London: Heritage Lottery Fund.

Bashir, N., Bennett, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W. and Sanderson. E. (2015) Evaluation of Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War Centenary Activity: Year 1 report. London: Heritage Lottery Fund.

Beatty, C., Eadson, W. and Foden, M. (2015) Food Bank Provision for families in North Nottinghamshire. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Eadson, W., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D. and Wilson, I. (2015) Houses into Homes: Final Evaluation Report. Cardiff: The Welsh Government.

Pearson, S., Batty, E., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E., Lindsay, C. and Cullen, A.M. (2015) Making it Work: Learning and Evaluation Contract - Year Two Programme Report. London: Big Lottery Fund.

Dalgleish, K., Eadson, W., Foden, M. and Gore, T. (2014) Low Carbon Leicester and Leicestershire research study. Leicester: Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Eadson, W., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D. and Wilson, I. (2014) Houses into Homes: Third Interim Evaluation Report.  Cardiff: The Welsh Government.

Bashir, N., Dayson, C., Eadson, W. and Wells, P. (2013) Local Business Giving: between the raffle prize and a new source of funding. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Eadson, W., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D. and Wilson, I. (2013) Houses into Homes: Second Interim Evaluation Report. Social Research Report 61/2013. Cardiff: The Welsh Government.

Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) Bolton State of the Sector Voluntary Sector 2013: A report on social and economic impact. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) City of Manchester State of the Voluntary Sector 2013. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) Borough of Oldham State of the Voluntary Sector 2013. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) Salford State of the Voluntary Sector 2013. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) Tameside State of the Voluntary Sector 2013. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) Trafford State of the Voluntary Sector 2013. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) Wigan State of the Voluntary Sector 2013. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Sanderson, E. and Wilson, I. (2013) Greater Manchester State of the Voluntary Sector 2013. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Robinson, D., Reeve, K., Platts-Fowler, D., Green, S., Walshaw, A., Batty, E. and Bashir, N. with Pearce, S. and Eadson, W. (2013) An Evaluation of Getting on Together: The Community Cohesion Strategy for Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J. and Walshaw, A. (2013) Attitudes and Perceptions of the Green Deal amongst private sector landlords in Rotherham. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J. and Walshaw, A. (2013) Attitudes and Perceptions of the Green Deal amongst private sector landlords in Rotherham: Summary Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Eadson, W., Gianferrara, E., Gore, T., Phang, Z. and Ozdemiroglu, E. (2013) Green Infrastructure’s contribution to economic growth: a review. London: DEFRA.

Eadson, W., Green, S., Reeve, K., Robinson, D. and Wilson, I. (2013) Houses into Homes: First Interim Evaluation Report. Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J. and Pearson, S. (2011) Making a Difference: Research on the Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire. Rural Action Derbyshire.

Eadson, W., Platts Fowler, D., Robinson, D. and Walshaw, A. (2011) Community Mapping and Tension Monitoring. Welsh Government.

Wells, P., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J., Pearson, S., Walshaw, A., Chadwick-Coule, T. and Trinnaman, J. (2011) Sustaining the benefits of capital funding: Final report. London: Big Lottery Fund.

Gore, T., Dayson, C., Eadson, W., Gilbertson, J., Lawless, P., Phang, Z., Provins, A. and Wilson, I. (2010) Assessing the Value and Benefits of Groundwork. Groundwork.

Academic publications

Goodchild, B. and Eadson, W. (2017) Looking for the Green in the Green Paper: working towards an urban industrial strategy. People, Place and Policy, 11(3).

Eadson, W. (2016) State enrolment and energy-carbon transitions: syndromic experimentation and atomisation in England. Environment and Planning C: government and policy. http://epc.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/02/26/0263774X16629445.abstract 

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Gilbertson, J. (2016) Editorial: PPP special issue – International Perspectives on Fuel Poverty. People, Place and Policy, 10 (1), pp. 1-4. DOI: 10.3351/ppp.0010.0001.0001

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Pinder, J. (2016) The role of actor-networks in the early stage mobilisation of low carbon heat networks, Energy Policy, Volume 96, September 2016, p. 144-152.

Eadson, W. and Foden, M. (2014) Critical perspectives on community energy. People, Place and Policy, 8 (3).

Eadson, W. (2014) Towards a spatially and socially embedded approach to SME support for carbon reduction. People, Place and Policy, 8 (2).

Bashir, N., Dayson, C., Eadson, W. and Wells, P. (2013) A Warm Glow in All Parts? Building Local Cause-Affinity as a Strategy for Promoting Charitable Giving. People, Place and Policy, 7 (3), pp. 139-152.

Eadson, W. (Forthcoming, March 2013) The emergence of carbon control discourses in the UK: sustainable mitigation, carbon modernisation, and selective carbon economies, In: M. Hoeber and P. Barnes Sustainability Discourses in the EU London, Routledge.

Eadson, W. (2012) Low-carbon transitions beyond the exceptional. People, Place and Policy Online, 5 (3).

Eadson, W. (2011) Constructions of the carbon city, In: The new politics of sustainable urban planning. Bristol, Policy Press.

Eadson, W. (2008) Climate Change Mitigation in Local Area Agreements. People, Place and Policy Online, 2 (3), pp. 140-150.

Recent conference and seminar papers

Eadson, W. (2017) Urban territorial politics and low carbon transitions. Regional Studies Winter Conference, London 16-17th November 2017.

Eadson, W. (2017) The territorial politics of urban heat transitions. Hamburg, 12th October 2017.

Eadson, W. (2017) CSOs as energy policy objects: implications for energy democracy. Critical Management Studies International Conference, Edgehill University, Liverpool 5th July 2017.

Eadson, W. and Foden, M. (2017) Disembedding communities, embedding markets? State-market-community entanglements and energy governance in the UK. Presented at PPP Conference 2017: Tackling resource inequalities, Sheffield Hallam University, 22nd June 2017.

Eadson, W. (2016) Energy markets, states and communities. Presented at Scales of Sustainability workshop, University of Luxembourg, 13th December 2016 [invited speaker].

Ambrose, A., Batty, E., Eadson, W. and Hickman, P. (2016) Tenancy sustainment: the role of furniture.  Presented at People, Place and Policy Conference, 15 September 2016.

Eadson, W. (2016) energy-state-market-community entanglements. Presented at Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference, London 30th August – 2nd September 2016.

Eadson, W. (2016) Governing energy markets through communities. Seminar to Huddersfield University Centre for Sustainable and Resilient Communities, 5th June 2016 [invited speaker].

Eadson, W. and Dayson, C. (2016) Understanding impact from arts and humanities: the case of FWW Centenary activity AHRC First World War Centenary Engagement Centres annual conference, 10th March 2016 [invited speaker].

Eadson, W. and Dayson, C. (2016) Measuring the impact of heritage interventions. Warwick University Faculty of Social Sciences Impact seminar series [invited speaker], 2nd February 2016.

Eadson, W. (2015) Territorial carbon-economic constructions: Mini-Sterns in England. Society of Advanced Management Studies Green Economy workshop 7th-8th July 2015.

Eadson, W. (2013) A nudge towards community action? Collective switching in the UK Paper presented at British Sociological Association seminar: energy policy and policy-makers, University of Westminster April 2013 [Invited speaker].

Eadson, W. and Foden, M. (2013) Sustainable practices for market engagement: theorising the relationship between power and practices Paper presented at Royal Geographical Association Annual Conference, London, August 2013.

Eadson, W. (2010) Practices of resident-state engagement in housing markets. Paperpresented to the Housing Studies Association conference, University of York, 15-17 April 2010.

Eadson, W. (2009) Emerging multi-scalar politics of carbon control: sub-national governance in England.Paper presented to UACES conference, Governance of Sustainability, University of Bradford, 23-24 July 2009.

PhD Supervision

Will would welcome discussion on supervising students around any of the following areas:

  • economic geographies of low carbon transitions
  • socially and spatially just low carbon transitions
  • politics of urban air quality
  • politics of sustainable urban infrastructure (e.g. heat, water, waste, transport, housing)
  • politics of urban green space provision
  • politics of smart cities
  • engaging small firms in the transition to a low carbon economy.

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Key clients

Big Lottery Fund
Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Department for Work and Pensions
Groundwork
Heritage Lottery Fund
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