Stephen is Associate Professor of Social and Environmental Innovation in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Trained as a sociologist, Stephen has previously lectured in Environmental Politics at Keele University (2006-2012) Environmental Sociology at University College Dublin (1999-2005) and held a Research Fellowship at the ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition (CRIC) in Manchester (1997-1999). With academic research interests ranging from the historical sociology of Norbert Elias and urban regeneration, to the long term dynamics of human ecology, Stephen has also worked on policy-related projects relating to sustainability, urban regeneration, food systems, resilience and social-ecological innovation. Currently his work focuses on:
Other current projects include: the political economy and sociology of the Transition Network as a response to peak oil and climate change; theoretical work on energy, civilization and social complexity; and the long term potential of open-source fabrication systems.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.