A long established historian of disease and pollution in the nineteenth
century city, Bill Luckin is also an international figure in the history
of the `accidental' and the origins of the risk society. In recent years
he has moved closer to academics and practitioners in the fields of
planning, transport and mobility studies. The author of several books and
numerous articles, Bill Luckin is completing a readily accessible history
of drink driving in Britain, aimed at road safety planners and activists
and general readers. The overriding concern is with what Luckin calls the
`social relations of mobility'.
This case study describes interdisciplinary impacts developed from
research of the Sustainable Energy theme. They examine conversion of
energy from alternative sources; from power generation using pyrolysis or
biomass burners to energy harvesting of waste heat from electronic
components. In all cases the aim is clear: to develop systems that make
sustainable energy production a reality. This has important impacts in
advancing efficiency and reliability in renewable energy technologies.
Importantly, through a number of externally funded projects, this group's
members have directly influenced local, national and international
companies and governmental bodies. In some cases influencing decisions and
having direct impact on efficiency, value from investment and even on
balance sheets. In summary, they have conducted numerous energy audits,
produced a minimum of 6 best practice case studies, influenced the
renewable strategies of at least 52 countries, regions or industries and
are recognised as the centre for biomass fuel quality assessment.