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Mags Tingey

Mags Tingey
Name
Mags Tingey
Title
Research officer and admin support
Address
S3 Chisholm House High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
Telephone
+44 (0)131 650 8093 Margaret.tingey(at)ed.ac.uk
Research Interests
Local energy governance and organisation (LEGO), Energy & Infrastructure, District Energy, energy policy and politics, city communities, local government
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/sociology/mags_tingey

Current Research Projects

Local Engagement in UK Energy Systems project is co-funded by the Energy Technologies Institute and part of the UK Energy Research Centre Phase 3. The research examines the current and future contribution of local authorities to a low carbon, affordable and secure UK energy system. I have lead responsibility for data collection and analysis including development of a database which holds information on energy and carbon plans and investments in energy initiatives for all UK local authorities (building on a pilot study), and completing case studies with 40 UK local authorities. Case studies examine their engagement with sustainable energy through development of a single energy project and through exploring factors relevant to their broader approach to energy and carbon management.

The research builds on a pilot study on Local Engagement with Energy Systems which involved mapping the extent of local authority energy and carbon plans and energy projects (see report here). This was done by creating a new database using holding information on local authority activity in energy systems for all UK local authorities.

Doctoral Research

  • PhD, part-time, Working Title: ‘How does the market instrument of Best Value shape Local Governance of energy initiatives?’

My research concerns the capacity of local government actors to assemble investment in low carbon energy systems. Specifically, I am examining the interactions of market-based governance with local authority energy initiatives using economic sociology concepts of ‘valuation’ to investigate valuation practices in developing local sustainable energy projects. I am using the Best Value framework for local government as one object of investigation.

Supervisors: Professor Jan Webb and Dr Dave Hawkey

Knowledge exchange networks

I currently support the Scottish Heat Network Partnership Practitioner Group (with Dave Hawkey) and have also been the support officer for the UK district energy vanguards network, a UK-wide knowledge exchange network whose core consists of local authorities and housing associations actively developing or operating district energy systems.

Previous Research Projects

For our Heat and the City project I worked on householder surveys looking at experiences of heating, and of a newly installed district heating system in Glasgow and community heating in Edinburgh. Heat and the City is led by Professor Jan Webb and funded by the RCUK Energy Programme. A project brochure about the project is available here. A short article about the householder survey published in the ESRC Britian in 2015 is available here (download the Environment section for 2015).

Publications

Books

Hawkey D, Webb J, Lovell H, McCrone D, Tingey M, and Winskel M (2016) Sustainable Urban Energy Policy: Heat and the city. Abingdon: Routledge

Articles

Webb J, Hawkey D, McCrone D, and Tingey M (2016) House, home and transforming energy in a cold climate, Families, Relationships and Societies, 5(3) (Special Issue on Families, Relationships and the Environment: Climate Change, Sustainability and Biodiversity), p411-429 https://doi.org/10.1332/204674316X14758447787663

Webb J, Hawkey D, and Tingey M (2016) Governing cities for sustainable energy: The UK case, Cities, 54 (Special Issue on Cities, Energy and Climate Change Mitigation), p28-35 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2015.10.014

Reports

Contributor to: Hawkey D (2016) District Heating coordination and development: Workshop report. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh

Hawkey D, Tingey M, and Webb J (2015) Next steps for district heating in Scotland: Workshop report. University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh

Contributor to: Hawkey D (2014) District Heating and Regulation in Scotland: Workshop report. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh

Hawkey D, Tingey M, and Webb J (2014) Local Engagement in UK Energy Systems. Loughborough: UK Energy Technologies Institute

McCrone D, Hawkey D, Tingey M, and Webb J (2014) Bringing Warmth to Wyndford: Does the new district heating make a difference? University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh

Contributor to: Hawkey D (2013) District Heat Policy Options in the UK: Workshop report. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh

McCrone D, Hawkey D, Tingey M, and Webb J (2013) Bringing Warmth to Wyndford: The experience of owner-occupiers. University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh

Webb J, Tingey M, and Hawkey D (2013) Next Steps in Financing District Energy: Workshop report. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh

McCrone D, Hawkey D, Tingey M, and Webb J (2012) Bringing Warmth to Wyndford: Wyndford Survey Preliminary Results. University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh

All reports are available at the Heat and the City website http://www.heatandthecity.org.uk/

Presentations

Financing, ownership and performance indicators in UK Local Authority energy supply and energy efficiency projectsEuropean Sociological Association RN12 - Environment and Society Midterm conference Transforming Energy for Society Leipzig, Germany, September 2016.

Mapping municipal activity on sustainable energy: UK wide analysis of local energy projects. Invited participant at ‘Community Energy in Cities and Regions workshop’ at the European Sociological Association RN12 - Environment and Society midterm conference Transforming Energy for Society, Leipzig, Germany, September 2016.

Mapping UK local authority engagement in energy systems development (pdf). Heat and the City autumn academic workshop - Sustainable Heating Provisions and Cities: Theory, Practice and Future Implications, Edinburgh, October 2014.

Local Engagement in Energy Systems Development. IRCS-SENSE Summer School Urban Transitions to Sustainability, Reims, France, June 2014.

Local engagement in energy in the UK. New Directions Edinburgh Sociology staff-student conference, Edinburgh, April 2014.

Research groups

I am member of the following:

  • University of Edinburgh Energy and Society Research Group
  • University of Edinburgh Network for Early Career Energy Researchers
  • UK Energy Research Centre UKERC
  • Researching the Interface between Policy and Practice for Local Environmental Sustainability (RIPPLES)