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Dr Will Eadson

Job title: 
Reader, BA (Hons), MA, PhD

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

Will is a Reader in Urban and Regional Sustainability Policy at CRESR, having worked in academic research and teaching since 2004 (and at CRESR since 2012). He has led a wide range of research projects in the field of urban and regional sustainability policy for research funders, local, regional and national governments, charities and housing bodies (see selected projects listed below).

Will's central research interests lay around urban and regional 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.

Currently Will’s academic work in this field centres on two themes: understanding economic geographies of low carbon transition (in particular jobs and skills implications); and exploring different ideas about urban democracy within the context of sustainability transitions. 

Funded research on the economic geographies of low carbon transition includes work with a number of City Regions to understand economic potential of low carbon transitions, including current projects with Sheffield City Region to understand the supply chain and employment implications of investment in low carbon energy initiatives (in particular low carbon heat), and to develop a Just Transition framework within a city-regional context.

Research on urban and regional governance and democracy has been a longstanding theme of work, stretching back to Will’s PhD on regional governance and carbon reduction through to more recent work exploring ideas about sustainability, infrastructure and democracy, for instance through research into community energy and into the role of social enterprises in delivering critical urban services such as utilities, transport, housing, green space, finance and care.

Over the last five years Will has also led a programme of work around the future of urban green space, including two on-going research projects for the National Lottery Heritage Fund, focusing on exploring new funding, governance and management arrangement to ensure their long-term sustainability.

Will is Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership Cities, Environment and Liveability pathway. He is also the environment and society editor of Geography Compass, associate editor of Regional Studies, Regional Science journal, and chair of the Regional Studies Association Yorkshire and Humber branch. 

Research interests

Will's current research interests include

  • Socially and spatially just sustainability transitions
  • Economic geographies of sustainability transitions
  • Democracy, governance and sustainability transitions

Current research projects

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

2020-21 What does a just transition mean for City Regions? Sheffield City Region. Role: Principal Investigator.

2020-21 Understanding the supply chain and employment impacts of energy investments, HEIF / Sheffield City Region. Role: Principal Investigator.

2019-20 Understanding the role and impact of community businesses in delivering foundational infrastructure, Power to Change Research Institute. Role: Principal Investigator.

2019-20 Research into the impact of funded interventions in urban parks, National Lottery Heritage Fund. Role: Principal Investigator.

2019-21 Research into the Future Management and Governance of Urban Parks, National Lottery Heritage Fund. Role: Principal Investigator.

2019-21 Walking with Energy, Swedish Energy Agency. Role: Co-investigator.

Selected research reports

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

Bull, R. and Eadson, W. (2020) Citizen engagement in local energy decision-making: literature and policy background. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Dobson, J., Harris, C., Eadson, W. and Gore, T. (2019) Space to thrive: A rapid evidence review of the benefits of parks and green spaces for people and communities.National Lottery Community Fund, National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Eadson, W., Dobson, J., Shepherd, J., Bridge, E. and Hall, J. (2019) Catalysing People-powered Energy in Yorkshire and the Humber. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

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

Eadson, W. and While, A. (2021) Carbon calculation and the urban green economic opportunity. In J. Fairbrass and N. Vasilakos (eds) Green Economy in Europe. London: Routledge.

van Veelen, B. and Eadson, W. (2020) Assembling community energy democracies. Voluntary Sector Review.

van Veelen, B., Pinker, A., Tingey, M., Taylor Aiken, G. & Eadson, W. (2019) What can energy research bring to social science? Reflections on 5 years of Energy Research & Social Science and beyond. Energy Research and Social Science.

While, A. and Eadson, W. (2019) Households in place: socio-spatial (dis)advantage in energy-carbon restructuring. European Planning Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2019.1595533

Eadson, W. and Foden, M. (2019) State, community and the negotiated construction of energy markets: community energy policy in England. Geoforum 100 pp.21-31. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.02.006

Lindsay, C., Pearson, S., Batty, E., Cullen, A. M. and Eadson, W. (2019) Street-Level Practice, Personalisation and Co-Production in Employability: Insights from Local Services with Lone Parents. Social Policy and Society. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746419000174

Holstead, K., Taylor Aiken, G., Eadson, W. and Braunholtz-Speight, T. (2018) Putting community to use in environmental policy making: emerging trends in Scotland and the UK. Geography Compass. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12381

Lindsay, C., Pearson, S., Batty, E., Cullen, A. M. and Eadson, W. (2018) Street-level practice and the co-production of third sector-led employability services. Policy and Politics. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557317X15120417452025

Creamer, E., Eadson, W., van Veelen, B., Pinker, A., Tingey, M., Braunholtz-Speight, T., Markantoni, M., Foden, M., and Lacey-Barnacle, M. (2018) Community energy: entanglements of community, state, and private sector. Geography Compass, 12 (7). Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/gec3.12378

Lindsay, C., Pearson, S., Batty, E., Cullen, A. M. and Eadson, W. (2018) Co-production as a route to employability: lessons from services with lone parents. Public Administration, 96 (2), pp.318-332. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12408

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. (2020) Negotiating energy markets through communities. Energy and Society Seminar Series, University of Edinburgh, 7th February 2020.

Eadson, W. (2020) How not to ensure a just transition. Scottish Government Climate Change Directorate Seminar Series, 6th February 2020.

Eadson, W. (2020) From foundational economy to foundational democracy? Yunus Centre Seminar Series, Glasgow Caledonian University, 5th February 2020.

Eadson, W. (2019) Assemblage-democracy and community energy. Regional Studies Winter Conference, 14-15th November, 2019.

Crisp R. and Eadson, W. (2018) A done deal? Devolution in England and the struggle over alternative futures in housing and planning. UK and Ireland Planning Research Conference, Sheffield 4th-6th September 2018.

Eadson, W. and Foden, M. (2018) Conference Session: Re-reading local action for environmental sustainability. Session organised for the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, Cardiff 28th-31st August 2018.

Eadson, W. (2018) The translocal politics of decentralised energy projects. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, Cardiff 28th-31st August 2018.

Eadson, W. (2018) Becoming-(energy) democratic: community energy, democracy and socio-material assemblages. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, Cardiff 28th-31st August 2018.

Eadson, W. (2018) The politics of urban infrastructure transformations. Space and Place annual conference, Sheffield Hallam University13th July 2018.

Eadson, W. (2018) State projects for low carbon transition: analytical typologies and messy realities. Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Seminar Series, University of Manchester, 7th June 2018.

Eadson, W. (2018) Health and wellbeing impacts of fuel poverty interventions. Association of Local Energy Officers, 5th June 2018.

Eadson, W. (2018) Fuel poverty interventions, calculations and impacts: the politics of modelling. ESRC / Fuel Poverty Action Group Seminar, London, 7th March 2018.

Eadson, W. (2018) State projects, institutional entanglements and energy-carbon transitions. Sustainability Research Institute Seminar Series, University of Leeds, 14th February 2018.

Eadson, W. (2017) Community benefits from large-scale developments: infrastructure investment and the politics of leverage. Community benefits workshop and roundtable, University of Glasgow, 5th December 2017.

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
  • democracy and sustainability transitions
  • politics of urban green space provision
  • engaging small firms in the transition to a low carbon economy

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