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Dr Nils Markusson

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Please note that I am no longer maintaining this page. I'm currently working as a lecturer at Lancaster University.

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I am a sociologist of technology, with 16 years worth of experience of studying technological innovation. A theme throughout my career to date has been how we use technology in society with as little environmental impact as possible, and what policy is needed for this.

I have a background in engineering and innovation studies. After an MSc in Engineering Physics, I worked at VINNOVA – a Swedish government agency similar to the Technology Strategy Board – studying innovation and supporting innovation policy makers. The work there included managing an R&D funding programme on ecodesign for SMEs.

Taking the final step towards social science, I did a PhD at the Institute for Studies of Science, Technology and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh about cleaner technology investments in process industries, with a focus on organisational dynamics. After the PhD, I have worked as a researcher at the University of Edinburgh, mainly at the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage research centre, studying carbon capture and storage and other low-carbon innovations. Much of this work has been funded through the UKERC.

I am predominantly a qualitative researcher, and favoured data sources include documents and interviews, analysed as case studies. However, I also have experience of, for example, statistical analysis, scenario-based work and foresight methodologies. In terms of theory, I mainly use concepts and models from Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Innovation Studies.


Current research interests

  1. CCS innovation processes, including the politics of and learning from CCS demonstrations, the prospective roles of CCS in the energy system, uspcaling of capture technologies and integration of CCS systems.

  2. The technology politics of climate engineering.

  3. The greening of organisations, and its relation to investment in and use of technology.

Recent publications:

Between Learning Rates and Innovation Studies: Learning Pathways for Emerging Energy Supply Technologies, Winskel, M., Markusson, N., Jeffrey, H., Candelise, C., Dutton, G., Howarth, P., Jablonski, S., Kalyvas, C., Ward, D. Technological Forecasting and Social Change (accepted for publication)

Last chance for carbon capture and storage, Scott, V., Gilfillan, S., Markusson, N., Chalmers, H. and Haszeldine, S. Nature Climate Change (forthcoming)

Characterising CCS learning: The role of quantitative methods and alternative approaches, Markusson, N. and Chalmers, H. Technological Forecasting and Social Change (in press)

Exploring the Relationships between Carbon Disclosure and Performance in FTSE 350 Companies, Ennis, C., Kottwitz, J., Lin, S.X. and Markusson, N., Working paper (2012)

What will CCS demonstrations demonstrate? Russell, S., Markusson, N. and Scott, V. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 17(6):651-668 (2012)

Born again: The debate on lock-in and CCS, Markusson, N., Research note, Energy & Environment 23(2&3): 389-394 (2012)

The social dynamics of carbon capture and storage: Understanding representation, governance and innovation, Markusson, N., Shackley, S. and Evar, B. (Eds), Routledge (2012)

Carbon Capture and Storage: Realising the Potential?, Watson, J., Kern, F., Haszeldine, S., Gibbins, J., Markusson, N., Chalmers, H., Ghaleigh, N., Ascui, F., Arapostathis, S., Winskel, M., Gross, R., Heptonstall, P., Pearson, P., UK Energy Research Centre (2012)

Pathways and branching points for CCS to 2030, Heptonstall, P, Markusson, N., Chalmers, H., Working Paper (2012)

A socio-technical framework for assessing the viability of carbon capture and storage technology, Markusson, N., Kern, F., Watson, J., Arapostathis, S., Chalmers, H., Ghaleigh, N., Heptonstall, P., Pearson, P., Rossati, D. and Russell, S. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 79 (5): 903-918 (2012)

Scaling up and deployment of FGD in the US (1960s-2009), Markusson N (2012), Final case study report as part of Work Package 2 of the UKERC project: 'Carbon Capture and Storage - Realising the Potential?', University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

The early development and deployment of FGD in the US (1960s-1970s), Markusson N (2012), Final case study report as part of Work Package 2 of the UKERC project: 'Carbon Capture and Storage - Realising the Potential?', University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

The politics of FGD deployment in the UK (1980s-2009), Markusson N (2012), Final case study report as part of Work Package 2 of the UKERC project: 'Carbon Capture and Storage - Realising the Potential?' , University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Public acceptance of natural gas infrastructure development in the UK (2000-2011), Marsden, W. and Markusson, N. (2011), Final case study report as part of Work Package 2 of the UKERC project: 'Carbon Capture and Storage - Realising the Potential?' , University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

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