Stephen Quilley

Associate Professor
Stephen Quilley

519-888-4567, ext. 48335
Environment 2, room 2038

Stephen is an Associate Professor of social and environmental innovation in SERS. 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:

  • Ernest Becker’s theory of ontology and motivation and the irrational drivers of environmental behavior
  • novel ecosystems and the new role of environmental social scientists as ‘navigators of the anthropocene’
  • the implications of a more communitarian and place-bound form of modern society and the concept of ‘indigenous modernity’

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.