School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences

Simon Shackley

Programme Director for MSc in Carbon Management and Lecturer in Carbon Policy
Contact Details
email: Simon.Shackley@ed.ac.uk
landline: +44 (0) 131 650 7862
mobile: +44 (0) 7920 066 830
website:http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/simon-shackley(79ccc2b2-a94e-4b47-8b4d-10feb409da3a).html
Research Interests
  • Innovation and decarbonisaton; energy and climate policy; stakeholder and public perceptions of climate change; regulation and risk assessment
  • Work in the past few years has included social science research on CO2 capture and storage and interdisciplinary studies of biochar as a carbon mitigation tool.
  • Theoretical interests: innovation studies, science and technology studies, integrated assessment in conditions of high uncertainty, cultural theory and social simulation modelling.
  • Work Experience
  • I have previously worked at the Universities of Lancaster, UMIST and Manchester. In 2000, I was a founding member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and ran one of the four research programmes ('Decarbonising Modern Socieites') from 2000 to 2005. I came to Edinburgh in 2008 on a Research Lectureship funded by the EPSRC for five years. I became Programme Director for the MSc in Carbon Management in August 2015.
  • My research has been funded by the EPRSC, ESRC, NERC, Sustainable Development Commission, BP, E.ON., DEFRA, UK Water, IPTS, Environment Agency, European Commission, Scottish Government, SNV, Asian Development Bank, Greater London Council, East Midlands Sustainability Roundtable and Sustainability North West.
  • More information on past work is available by clicking the option to the left.
  • Recent Publications

    Please click the option to the left for a full list of publications. I would be happy to send you an electronic copy of any publication upon request.
  • Shackley, S., Ruysschaert, G., Zwart, K. and Glaser, B. (2016), Biochar in European Soils and Agriculture: Science and Practice, Routledge, Abingdon
  • Shackley, S. (2015), 'Characterisation of waste water from biomass gasification equipment: a case-study from Cambodia', World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 12(2): 126-151
  • Thornley, P., Gilbert, P., Shackley, S. & Hammond, J. (2015), Maximizing the greenhouse gas reductions from biomass: The role of life cycle assessment, Biomass & Bioenergy. 81, p. 35-43
  • Shackley, S., Clare, A., Joseph, S., McCarl, B. & Schmidt, H-P. (2015), Economic evaluation of biochar systems: current evidence and challenges in Biochar for Environmental Management : Science, Technology and Implementation. Lehmann, J. & Joseph, S. (eds.). 2nd ed. London and New York: Taylor & Francis, p. 813-851
  • Joseph, S., Anh, M. L., Clare, A. & Shackley, S. (2015), Socio-economic feasibility, implementation and evaluation of small-scale biochar projects in Biochar for Environmental Management : Science, Technology and Implementation. Lehmann, J. & Joseph, S. (eds.). 2nd ed. London and New York: Taylor & Francis, p. 853-879
  • Leslie Mabon, Simon Shackley, Jerry Blackford, Henrik Stahl and Anushka Miller (2015), Local perceptions of the QICS experimental offshore CO2 release: Results from social science research, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.10.022
  • Simon Shackley (2015) Capacity Building for Efficient Utilization of Biomass for Bioenergy & Food Security in the GMS (TA7833-REG]: Output 4: Knowledge Product Series Biochar, Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Landell Mills Limited
  • Leslie Mabon and Simon Shackley (2015), Meeting the targets or re-imagining society? An empirical study into the ethical landscape of carbon dioxide capture and storage in Scotland, Environmental Values, 24(4), 465-482, http://www.erica.demon.co.uk/EV/papers/Mabon.pdf
  • Simon Shackley and Sarah Carter (2014), Biochar Stoves: An Innovation Studies Perspective, in Sajor, E., Resurreccion, B. and Rakshit, S. (Eds.), Bio-Innovation and Poverty Alleviation: Case Studies from Asia, Sage, New Delhi, pages 146-171
  • Abbie Clare, Simon Shackley, Stephen Joseph, James Hammond, Genxing Pan, Anthony Bloom (2014), Competing uses for China's straw: the economic and carbon abatement potential of biochar, GCB Bioenergy, doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12220
  • Simon Shackley (2014), Shifting chars? Aligning climate change, carbon abatement, agriculture, land use and food safety and security policies, Carbon Management, 5(2): 119-121
  • Abbie Clare, Andrew Barnes, John McDonagh, Simon Shackley, (2014), From Rhetoric to Reality: Farmers' Perspective on the Economic Potential of Biochar in China, International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 12: 440-458
  • Leslie Mabon, Simon Shackley, Samuela Vercelli, Jonathan Anderlucci and Kelvin Boot (2014), Deliberative Decarbonisation? Assessing the potential of an ethical governance framework for low-carbon energy through the case of carbon dioxide capture and storage, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 32. doi:10.1068/c12133
  • 'Perceptions of sub-seabed carbon dioxide storage in Scotland and implications for policy: A qualitative study', Mabon, L., Shackley, S., Bower-Bir, N. (2014), Marine Policy, 45: 9 -15'.
  • 'Short-term effects of feedstock and pyrolysis temperature on biochar characteristics, soil and crop responses in temperate soils', Nelissen, V., Ruysschaert, G., Muller-Stover, D., Bode, S., Cook, J., Ronnse, F., Shackley, S., Boeckx, P., Hauggaard-Nielsen, H. (2014), Agronomy, 4: 52-73.
  • Biochar Quality Mandate, British Biochar Foundation
  • ‘Tell me what you think about the geological storage of carbon dioxide’: towards a fuller understanding of public perceptions of CCS, Mabon, L., Vercelli, S., Shackley, S., Anderlucci, J., Franzese, C., Battisti, N. & Boot, K. 2013 Energy Procedia. Elsevier, Vol. 37, p. 7444-7453.
  • 'Social Site Characterisation for CO2 storage operations to inform public engagement in Poland and Scotland', Brunsting, S., Pol, M., Mastop, J., Kaiser, M., Zimmer, R., Shackley, S., Mabon, L., Howell, R., Hepplewhite, F., Loveridge, R., Mazurowski, M. & Rybicki, C. 2013 Energy Procedia. Elsevier, Vol. 37, p. 7327-7376.
  • The Impact of Biochar Application on Soil Properties and Plant Growth of Pot Grown Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and Cabbage (Brassica chinensis), Sarah Carter, Simon Shackley, Saran Sohi, Tan Boun Suy and Stephan Haefele, Agronomy 3(2) (2013): 404-418
  • Biochar field testing in the UK: outcomes and implications for use, Jim Hammond, Simon Shackley, Miranda Prendergast-Miller, Jason Cook, Sarah Buckingham and Valentini Pappa, Carbon Management (2013), 4(2): 159-170.
  • Simon Shackley, Sohi, S., Ibarrola, R., Hammond, J., Masek, O., Brownsort, P., Cross, A., Prendergast-Miller, M. and Haszeldine, S. (2012), Biochar: Tool for Climate Change Management and Soil Management, In Myers, N. (editor), Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology, Springer, Berlin and New York
  • Sarah Carter and Simon Shackley (2012), Biochar: Biomass energy, agriculture and carbon sequestration, Boiling Point, Issue 60, pages 42 - 45. Full article here
  • Simon Shackley and Elisabeth Deutschke (2012), Introduction to the Special Issue on Carbon Dioxide Capture and and Storage (CCS) - Not a Silver Bullet to Climate Change but a Feasible Option?, Energy & Environment, 23, Nos. 2 & 3: 209-225
  • The Social Dynamics of Carbon Capture and Storage: Understanding CCS Representations, Governance and Innovation, Edited by Nils Markusson, Simon Shackley and Ben Evar, 2012, Routledge, Abingdon. For more information: New Book on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage that puts humans and their institutions centre stage
  • Special Issue of the journal 'Energy & Environment' on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage, June 2012
  • A Special Issue of the journal 'Energy & Environment' (volume 23, numbers 2 & 3, 2012: ISSN 0958-305X) on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) includes up-to-the-minute views on key issues facing CCS today. Stuart Haszeldine gives his take on what happened with the Longannet project; Vattenfall likewise gives its view on the cancellation of its proposed CCS project in Germany; other perspectives are provided by Greenpeace, the Green Alliance, the Global CCS Institute, the Indian government and leading consultants. Academic contributions from social scientists stress the importance of values, justice, communities and place. Other contributions include: site selection, water demand of CCS, CCS in the media, direct carbon dioxide capture from the air compared to CCS and using CCS to teach science in schools.
  • Rhys Howell, Simon Shackley and Leslie Mabon (2012)), Public Perceptions of Low Carbon Energy Technologies: Results from a Scottish Large Group Process, Report for the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI), 2012
  • Mercedes Bleda and Simon Shackley (2012)), Simulation modelling as a theory-building tool: The formation of risk perceptions, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 15(2), 2
  • Simon Shackley, Sarah Carter, Tony Knowles, Erik Middelink, Stephan Haefele, Saran Sohi, Andrew Cross and Stuart Haszeldine (2012)), Sustainable gasification-biochar systems? A case-study of rice-husk gasification in Cambodia, Part I: Context, chemical properties, environmental and health and safety issues, Energy Policy, 42: 49-58. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2011.11.026
  • Simon Shackley, Sarah Carter, Tony Knowles, Erik Middelink, Stephan Haefele and Stuart Haszeldine (2012)), Sustainable gasification-biochar systems? A case-study of rice-husk gasification in Cambodia, Part II: Field trial results, carbon abatement, economic assessment and conclusions, Energy Policy, 41: 618-623, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2011.11.023
  • Sohel Ahmed, Jim Hammond, Rodrigo Ibarrola, Simon Shackley and Stuart Haszeldine (2012), The potential role of biochar in combating climate change in Scotland: an analysis of feedstocks, life cycle assessment and spatial dimensions, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 55 (4): 487-505
  • Rodrigo Ibarrola, Simon Shackley, Jim Hammond, (2012), Pyrolysis biochar systems for recovering biodegradable material: A life cycle carbon assessment, Waste Management, 32(5): 859-868, doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2011.10.005
  • Simon Shackley, Jim Hammond, John Gaunt and Rodrigo Ibarrola (2011), The feasibility and costs of biochar deployment in the UK, Carbon Management, 2(3): 335-356
  • Simon Shackley and Michael Thompson (2012), Lost in the mix: will the technologies of carbon dioxide capture and storage provide us with a breathing space as we strive to make the transition from fossil fuels to renewables? , Climatic Change, 110: 101-121
  • Sarah Carter and Simon Shackley (2011), Biochar Stoves: An Innovation Studies Perspective, A report supported by the IDRC-CRDI and AIT (UKBRC, University of Edinburgh, Scotland).
  • Simon Shackley, Sarah Carter, Kirten Sims and Saran Sohi (2011), 'Expert perceptions of the role of biochar as a carbon abatement option with ancillary agronomic and soil-related benefits' , Energy & Environment, 22(3): 167-187
  • Jim Hammond, Simon Shackley, Saran Sohi and Peter Brownsort (2011), Prospective life cycle carbon abatement for pyrolysis biochar systems in the UK, Energy Policy, 39(5): 2646-2655
  • Oliver, I., Cross, A., Searl, A., Shackley, S., Smith, C. and Sohi, S. (2011), Chapter 9, 'Emerging Issues', in The State of Scotland's Soil, (eds: Dobbie, K., Bruneau, P. and Towers, W.), SEPA, Stirling, Scotland.
  • Scottish Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS)(2011), Progressing Scotland's CO2 Storage Opportunities, SCCS, Edinburgh.
  • Priyadarshini Karve, Simon Shackley, Sarah Carter, Ramakant Prabhune, Peter Anderson, Stephan Haefele, Tony Knowles, John Field, Paul Tanger, Peter Anderson, Saran Sohi, Andrew Cross and Stuart Haszeldine (2010), Biochar for Carbon Reduction, Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Management (BIOCHARM), A report funded by the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Global Change and the UKBRC, Kobe, Pune and Edinburgh.
  • Jim Hammond and Simon Shackley (2010) Towards a Public Communication and Engagement Strategy for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Projects in Scotland: A Review of Research Findings, CCS Project Experiences, Tools, Resources and Best Practices A report commissioned by the Scottish Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport and Storage Development Study, Working Paper SCCS 2010-08
  • Sohel Ahmed, Rodrigo Ibarrola, Jim Hammond, Simon Shackley, Saran Sohi and Stuart Haszeldine (2010) The Potential of Biochar Deployment in Scotland: A Preliminary Assessment UK Biochar Research Centre Working Paper 7, August 2010
  • Simon Shackley and Saran Sohi (editors) (2010) An Assessment of the Benefits and Issues Associated with the Application of Biochar to Soil
  • A report commissioned by the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Simon Shackley, Jim Hammond, Rodrigo Ibarrola, Sohel Ahmed, Jason Cook and Stuart Haszeldien (2010) Towards a Low Carbon Economy for Scotland: Discussion Paper - the Role of Biochar A submission to the Scottish Government, June 2010
  • Saran Sohi, Simon Shackley, et al. (2009) Biochar - An Emerging Technology for Climate Change Mitigation? UK Biochar Research Centre Working Paper 1, April 2009
  • Saran Sohi, Simon Shackley, et al. (2009) Biochar: Reducing and Removing CO2 while Improving Soils: A Significant and Sustainable Response to Climate Change UK Biochar Research Centre Working Paper 2, May 2009
  • Sebastian Carney and Simon Shackley (2009), The Greenhouse Gas Regional Inventory Project (GRIP): Designing and Employing a Regional Greenhouse Gas Measurement Tool for Stakeholder Use, Energy Policy, (11), 37: 4293-4302
  • Simon Shackley and Ben Evar (2009) Public Understanding, Engagement and Communication Efforts on CCS: A Review for the IEA CCS Roadmap IEA, Paris
  • Gough, C., Brook, M., Shackley, S. and Holloway, S. (2009), ‘Carbon dioxide capture and storage scenarios: A case study of the East Midlands and Yorkshire (UK)’, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 31, 3&4: 272-294.
  • Heleen de Coninck, Todd Flach, Paul Curnow, Peter Richardson, Jason Anderson, Simon Shackley, Gudmundur Sigurthorsson and David Reiner (2009), The Acceptability of CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS) in Europe: An Assessment of the Key Determining Factors, Part 1: Scientific, Technical and Economic Dimensions, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 3: 333-343
  • Simon Shackley, David Reiner, Paul Upham, Heleen de Coninck, Gudmundur Sigurthorsson and Jason Anderson (2009), The acceptability of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) in Europe: An assessment of the key determining factors Part 2. The social acceptability of CCS and the wider impacts and repercussions of its implementation, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 3: 344-356
  • Shackley, S. and Verma, P. (2008), Tackling CO2 mitigation in India through use of CO2 capture and storage (CCS): Prospects and challenges, Energy Policy, 36(9): 3554-3561.
  • de Coninck, H., Anderson, J., Curnow, P., Flach, T., Groenenberg, H., Norton, C., Reiner, D., Shackley, S. and Sigurthorsson, G. (2007), Is CO2 capture and storage ready to roll?: Reflections on social, economic, and regulatory requirements, Journal for European Environmental Planning and Law, 5: 412-424.
  • Shackley, S., Waterman, H., Godfroij, P., Reiner, D., Anderson, J., Draxlbauer, K. and Flach, T. (2007), Stakeholder perceptions of CO2 capture and storage in Europe: Results from a survey, Energy Policy, 35(10): 5091-5108.
  • Shackley, S. Waterman, H. Godfroij, P. Reiner, D. Anderson, J. Draxlbauer, K. de Coninck, H. Groenenberg, H. Flach T. and Sigurthorsson, G. (2007), Stakeholder Perceptions of CO2 Capture and Storage in Europe: Results from the EU-funded ACCSEPT Survey, University of Manchester and Partners.
  • Shackley, S. and Gough, C. (editors) (2006), Carbon Capture and its Storage: An Integrated Assessment, Ashgate, Aldershot.
  • Carney, S. and Shackley, S. (in the press), The regional greenhouse gas inventory project (GRIP): Designing and employing a regional greenhouse gas measurement tool for stakeholder use, Energy Policy
  • Agnoluccia, P., Ekins, P. Iacopinia, G., Anderson, K., Bows, A., Mander, S. and Shackley, S. (2009), Different scenarios for achieving radical reduction in carbon emissions: A decomposition analysis. Ecological Economics, 68: 1652-1666.
  • Anderson, K., Mander, S., Bows, A., Shackley, S., Agnolucci, P. and Ekins, P. (2008), The Tyndall Decarbonisation Scenarios – Part II: Scenarios for a 60% CO2 Reduction in the UK, Energy Policy 36(10): 3764-3773.
  • Mander, S., Bows, A., Anderson, K., Shackley, S., Agnolucci, P. and Ekins, P. (2008) The Tyndall Decarbonisation scenarios – Part I: Development of a Backcasting Methodology with Stakeholder Participation, Energy Policy, 36(10): 3754-3763.
  • Shackley, S. and Green, K. (2007), Exploring transitions to sustainable energy: Decarbonisation of the UK, Energy, 32: 221-236.
  • Piterou, A., Shackley, S. and Upham, P. (2008), Project ARBRE: Lessons for bio-energy developers and policy-makers, Energy Policy 36: 2044-2050.
  • Upham, P., Shackley, S. and Waterman, H. (2007), Public and stakeholder perceptions of 2030 bioenergy scenarios for the Yorkshire and Humber regions, Energy Policy, 35(9): 4403-4412.
  • Upham, P. and Shackley, S. (2007), Local public opinion of a proposed 21.5 MWe biomass gasifier in Devon: Questionnaire survey results, Biomass and Bioenergy, 31(6): 433-441.
  • Upham, P. and Shackley, S. (2006), Stakeholder opinion on a proposed 21.5 MWe biomass gasifier in Winkleigh, Devon: Implications for bioenergy planning and policy, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 8(1): 45-66.
  • Upham, P. and Shackley, S. (2006), The case of a proposed 21.5 MWe biomass Gasifier in Winkleigh, Devon: implications for governance of renewable energy planning, Energy Policy, 34(15): 2161-2172.
  • I.P. Holman, M. D. A. Rounsevell, G. Cojacaru, S. Shackley, C. McLachlan, E. Audsley, P. M. Berry, C. Fontaine, P. A. Harrison, C. Henriques, M. Mokrech, R. J. Nicholls, K. R. Pearn and J. A. Richards (2008), The concepts and development of a participatory regional integrated assessment tool, Climatic Change 90 (1/2): 5-30.
  • M. Mokrech, R. J. Nicholls, J. A. Richards, C. Henriques, I. P. Holman and S. Shackley (2008), Regional impact assessment of flooding under future climate and socio-economic scenarios for East Anglia and North West England, Climatic Change 90 (1/2): 31-55.
  • Bleda, M. and Shackley, S. (2008), The dynamics of belief in climate change and its risks in business organisatons, Ecological Economics, 66, 2-3: 517-532.