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Mark Winskel

Mark Winskel
Name
Dr Mark Winskel
Title
Chancellor's Fellow and Senior Lecturer
Address
F3 Chisholm House High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
Telephone
+44 (0)131 651 4086
Email
Research Interests
Sociology of energy innovation, expertise and interdisciplinarity, sociotechnical system change, energy policy and politics, research-policy exchange, energy organisations and institutions, innovation systems
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/science_technology_and_innovation_studies/mark_winskel

Research Interests

My research interests cover three related themes:

Scenarios and models of change in socio-technical systems

I have longstanding expertise in energy system change, notably through my work for the UK Energy Research Centre. Since 2014 this has been applied across governance scales, especially in the flourishing Scottish policy arena. At a time of contested energy futures this is an area of high policy relevance. My work here is aimed at interrogating the social and technical norms and values encoded in scenarios and modelling, using mainly document analysis and interview methods. Research Outputs here include:

  • M. Winskel (2016) ‘From optimisation to diversity: Changing scenarios of UK buildings heating’ in D. Hawkey, J. Webb, D. McCrone, H. Lovell and M. Winskel. Sustainable Urban Energy Systems, pp.68-90, Routledge / Earthscan, London. Working paper version available here
  • J. Watson, R. Gross, I. Ketsopoulou and M. Winskel (2015) 'The Impact of uncertainties on the UK's medium-term climate change targets', Energy Policy, 87, 685–695. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.02.030
  • M. Winskel, ‘The political economy of energy infrastructure futures in Scotland and the UK’, paper in preparation for submission to Energy Research and Social Sciences.

Interdisciplinarity, expertise and research-policy exchange

Interdisciplinarity is a key issue in energy and climate change research, but is often invoked instrumentally and uncritically. I am interested in articulating a more critical and reflexive approach. While I have been a ‘practising interdisciplinarian’ for many years, I have only recently developed critical social science expertise on this topic. My outputs here have included:

Energy innovation systems and dynamics

I have a longstanding interest and track record of research on energy innovation systems, which combines innovation theory and energy technologies and systems. I have made a number of original theoretical and empirical contributions to this area, and my work has been recognised by bodies such as the UK Committee on Climate Change and the Energy Technologies Institute; my outputs here include:

I'm based in the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies group in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, but I also work with the UK Energy Research Centre and ClimateXChange, Scotland's national centre for expertise on climate change.

 

Publications

Academic Journal Papers

M. Winskel (2018) ‘The pursuit of interdisciplinary whole systems energy research: Insights from the UK Energy Research Centre’,  Energy Research and Social Science, 37, 74–84

Watson, J., R. Gross, I. Ketsopoulou and M. Winskel (2015) 'The Impact of uncertainties on the UK's medium-term climate change targets', Energy Policy,  Energy Policy, 87, 685–695 http://10.1016/j.enpol.2015.02.030

R. Williams, S. Liff and M. Winskel (2015) ‘The Politics of Innovation for Environmental Sustainability: Celebrating the Contribution of Stewart Russell (1955–2011)

Vol. 1: Science and Technology Studies, 27, 3, 3-14;

Vol. 2: Science and Technology Studies, 28, 1, 3-9.

M. Winskel (2014). 'Embedding Social Sciences in Interdisciplinary Research: Recent Experiences from Interdisciplinary Energy Research' Science as Culture 23(3): 413-418. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09505431.2014.926150

M. Winskel and J. Radcliffe (2014), ‘The rise of accelerated energy innovation and its implications for sustainable innovation studies: a UK perspective’, Science and Technology Studies, 27, 1, 8-33.

M. Winskel, J. Radcliffe, J. Skea and X. Wang (2014) 'Remaking the UK's energy technology innovation system: From the margins to the mainstream', Energy Policy, 68, 591-602, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2014.01.009

H. Jeffrey, A. McGillivray, M. Winskel and I. Bryden (2014), ‘Innovation and Cost Reduction for Marine Renewable Energy: a Learning Investment sensitivity analysis’, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 87, 108-124, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2013.11.005

M.Winskel, N. Markusson, H. Jeffrey, C. Candelise, G. Dutton, P. Howarth, S. Jablonski, C. Kalyvas and D. Ward (2014) 'Between Learning Rates and Innovation Studies: Learning Pathways for Emerging Energy Supply Technologies', Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 81, 96–114, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2012.10.015

Candelise, C., Winskel, M. & Gross, R (2013) The dynamics of solar PV costs and prices as a challenge for technology forecasting. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 26, p. 96-107, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2013.05.012

H. Jeffrey, B. Jay and M. Winskel (2013) ‘Accelerating marine energy: Exploring the prospects, benefits and impacts, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80, 1306–1316, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2012.03.004

Hawkey, D., Webb, J. and Winskel, M. (2013) Organisation and Governance of Urban Energy Systems: District Heating and Cooling in the UK,  Journal of Cleaner Production, 50, p. 22-31, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.11.018

C. Candelise, M. Winskel and R. Gross (2012) 'Implications for PV technologies of indium and tellurium scarcity' Progress in Photovoltaics, 20, 816-831

L.Hudson, M. Winskel and S. Allen (2011) The hesitant emergence of low carbon technologies in the UK: the micro-CHP innovation system', Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 23, 3 March 2011 , 297 - 312  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537325.2011.550396
 
A. Mukora, M. Winskel, H. F. Jeffrey and M. Mueller (2009) Learning curves for emerging energy technologies, Proceedings of the ICE - Energy, Volume 162, Issue 4, November 2009  https://doi.org/10.1680/ener.2009.162.4.151

M. Winskel (2007) ‘Renewable Energy Innovation: Collaborative Learning and Intellectual Property’. International Journal of Global Energy Issues, Vol. 27, No. 4, 472-491. DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2007.014868

M. Winskel, A. McLeod, R. Wallace, R. Williams (2006) ‘Energy Policy and Institutional Context: Marine Energy Innovation Systems’, Science and Public Policy, Vol. 33, No. 5, 365-376, June 2006. https://doi.org/10.3152/147154306781778939

M. Winskel (2002) ‘When Systems are Overthrown: The ‘Dash for Gas’ in the British Electricity Supply Industry’ Social Studies of Science, Vol. 32, No. 4, 565-599, August 2002.

M. Winskel (2002) ‘Autonomy’s End: Nuclear Power and the Privatization of the British Electricity Supply Industry’ Social Studies of Science, Vol. 32, No. 3, 439-467, June 2002


Books, Book Chapters

M. Winskel (2016) ‘From optimisation to diversity: Changing scenarios of UK buildings heating’ in D. Hawkey, J. Webb, D. McCrone. H. Lovell and M Winskel Sustainable Urban Energy Systems, pp.68-90, Routledge, London. A working paper version is available here

M.Winskel (2012) 'Carbon Capture and Storage: A Disruptive Innovation for Innovation Theory' in N. Markusson, S. Shackley and B. Evar Shaping the Future of CCS: Understanding Carbon Capture and Storage Systems and Knowledge from Social Science Perspectives,  Taylor and Francis, London

J. Skea, P. Ekins and M. Winskel (eds.) (2011) Energy 2050: Making the Transition to a Secure Low-Carbon  System, Earthscan, London

M. Winskel, G. Anandarajah, J. Skea and B. Jay (2011) 'Accelerating the Development of Energy Supply Technologies:The Role of Research and Innovation' in J. Skea, P. Ekins and M Winskel (eds.) (2011) Energy 2050: Making the Transition to a Secure Low-Carbon System, Earthscan, London

J. Skea, P. Ekins and M. Winskel (2011) 'UK Energy Policy and Institutions' in J. Skea, P. Ekins and M Winskel (eds.) (2011) Energy 2050: Making the Transition to a Secure Low-Carbon  System, Earthscan, London

J. Skea, X. Wang and M. Winskel (2011) UK Energy in an Era of Globalization: Trends, Technologies and Environmental Impacts in J. Skea, P. Ekins and M Winskel (eds.) (2011) Energy 2050: Making the Transition to a Secure Low-Carbon  System, Earthscan, London

P. Ekins, M. Winskel and J. Skea (2011) 'Putting It All Together: Implications for Policy and Action' in J. Skea, P. Ekins and M Winskel (eds.) (2011) Energy 2050: Making the Transition to a Secure Low-Carbon  System, Earthscan, London

M. Winskel (2007) ‘Multi-level Governance and Energy Policy: Renewable Energy in Scotland’ in J. Murphy (ed.) Governing Technology for Sustainability. London. Earthscan, pp182-199.

J. Skea, P. Ekins and M. Winskel (eds.) (2011) Energy 2050: Making the Transition to a Secure Low-Carbon  System, Earthscan, London

Working Papers, Policy Papers and Consultancy Reports

Watson, J. and M. Winskel (eds.) (2017) ‘Scottish Energy Strategy: The Future of Energy in Scotland: Consultation response by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)’, UK Energy Research Centre, London

Low, R., M. Winskel and A. Kerr (2017)  CXC consultation response: Draft Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland, ClimateXChange, Edinburgh

M. Winskel (2015) 'Systems Thinking and Systems Modelling for Low Carbon Heating: Changing scenarios of domestic heating futures in the UK' Working Paper, March 2015

M. Winskel, D. Hawkey and R. Bolton (2014) ‘UK Energy System in Transition: Technology, Infrastructure and Investment’, UK Energy Research Centre / Edinburgh Centre for Carbon innovation, April 2014

M. Winskel, I. Ketsopoulou and T. Churchouse (2014) UKERC Interdisciplinary Review: Synthesis Report, UKERC Working Paper, London

M. Winskel (2013) ‘Energy Independence and Interdependence: a Workshop on Scotland’s Energy Future’, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation / UK Energy Research Centre, December 2013

M. Winskel (2013) ‘Energy and People: attitudes, behaviours and policies’, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation / UK Energy Research Centre, December 2013

H. Jeffrey and M. Winskel (2010) 'The Opportunity and Challenge for Ocean Energy as part of Energy System Decarbonisation: the UK Scenario' International Energy Agency, IEA-OES Annual Report 2009.

N. Markusson, B. Jay, M. Winskel and R. Bellingham (2010) Governing Decarbonisation in Scotland: Exploring the Transitions Options Report for the Scottish Government, Scottish Institute for Advanced Studies, Glasgow.

Winskel, M., N. Markusson, B. Moran and H. Jeffrey (eds.) (2009) Accelerated Development of Low Carbon Energy Supply Technologies (2009) UKERC Research Report, London.

M. Winskel, N. Markusson and H. Jeffrey (2008) ‘Technology Change and Energy Systems: Learning Pathways for Future Sources of Energy’ UKERC Working Paper, London.

M. Winskel and B. Moran (2008) 'Innovation Studies and Low Carbon Innovation: Recent Theoretical and Empirical Developments', report for the Carbon Trust, London.

M. Winskel (2007) 'Renewable Energy Networks and Clusters', report for One North East, Newcastle and Ove Arup, London.

Blogposts, Book Reviews, Magazine Articles, etc.

M. Winskel ‘The analytical and political challenges of integrated energy policy making in Scotland’ University of Edinburgh ‘Energy and Society’ blogpost, May 2017

M. Winskel ‘Reconciling Energy Policy with Industrial Strategy: a commentary on the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper’ blogpost for ClimateXChange, March 2017

M. Winskel ‘Mixing ambition with risk: climate and energy policymaking in Scotland’ blogpost for UKERC, February 2017

M. Winskel ‘Towards an Integrated Energy Strategy for Scotland’, UK Energy Research Centre blog article, Sept 2016

M. Winskel (2015) 'Doing Interdisciplinary Whole Systems Research: Looking back on UKERC's first 10 years', May 2015 (National Energy Research Network Blogpost).

M. Winskel (2014) 'Devolving further energy policy powers: a short commentary for the Smith Commission', Personal submission to the Smith Commission, October 2014.

M. Winskel (2014) Voters aren’t getting a full picture of UK energy prospects if Scotland leaves the union, UK Energy Research Centreand The Conversation, April 2014

M.Winskel, C. Candelise, H. Jeffrey and B. Jay (2010) 'How to Accelerate the Development of Renewable Energy' Energy World, November 2010

M. Winskel (2007) 'Governing Technology by Intellectual Property Rights' review of Intellectual Property Rights: Innovation,Governance and the Institutional Environment edited by Birgitte Andersen, in Science and Public Policy, July 2007, 450-452

M. Winskel (2007) Review of 'Energy and culture: perspectives on the power to work', by Brendan Dooley (Ed.) in Science of the Total Environment 376 (2007) 359–360

M. Winskel (2006) 'Taking the Initiative' Energy Engineering May / June 2006, 37-39 

Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in supervising PhD applicants on topics related to energy innovation and system change, energy policy and energy expertise and organisations, especially from a STIS (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies) analytical perspective.

If you are interested in being supervised by Mark Winskel, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Science and Technology Studies; MSc (R) Science and Technology Studies