Ronan Bolton

Associate, University of Leeds

Ronan Bolton

Ronan is a Research Fellow at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds.

Ronan’s background is as an engineer and he is now an interdisciplinary energy researcher with expertise in the governance of socio-technical transitions and investment in low-carbon infrastructure.

Drawing primarily from science, technology and innovation studies and governance perspectives, his work examines the changing relationships between regulators, government, energy companies, users and local authorities in the governance of energy systems, exploring implications for the deployment of low carbon technologies.


Ronan has a First degree in Mechanical Engineering (NUI Galway), a Masters Degree in Environmental Sustainability (University of Edinburgh), and a PhD in Energy Policy from the University of Leeds.

Research interests

  • Energy system governance;
  • Socio-technical transitions;
  • UK energy policy;
  • Infrastructure investment.