I won a joint studentship from the ESRC/EPSRC, which allowed me to undertake and successfully complete a PhD at Aston University (between 1987-1991, supervised by Dr David Collingridge). My doctoral research was on the topic of energy technology policy and innovation related to UK North Sea oil. Since then I have pursued research on innovation and institutional change in the (renewable) energy sector and sustainable production and consumption. I left Aston University in 1993 to take up a lectureship at Brunel University and then later worked at Royal Holloway, University of London. I spent most of the 2000s at Newcastle University, where I was subject group leader for innovation. I have been at Kingston University - and a professor of innovation - since 2012 and was appointed Director of the Small Business Research Centre in January 2020.
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Professor of Innovation and Sustainability, Director of SBRC
I research innovation relating to renewable energy and the institutionalisation of sustainable consumption practices, and sustainable and social entrepreneurship.
Current projects include: a project to support SMEs adopting new technology as part of the Business Basics programme of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, conducted with 14 UK university partners and overseen by the Chartered Association of Business Schools.
Recently completed projects include: 'ENERGISE' (2016-19) which was awarded 3.2 million euro under the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme; 'Community Energy in England'; and 'Knowledge Exchange for Entrepreneurship in Permaculture' (in collaboration with the Permaculture Association, funded by the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, part-sponsored by the ESRC).
I am the Chair of the Social and Sustainable Enterprise special interest group of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a member of both the steering group of the European branch of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Group and the editorial board of the journal Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. To date, I have supervised six doctoral students to completion of their studies and am currently a member of the supervisory team for eight full-time or part-time PhD students.
Genus, A. and Iskandarova, M. (2020) Transforming the energy system? Technology and organisational legitimacy and the institutionalisation of community renewable energy. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 125, p. 109795. ISSN (print) 1364-0321
Mafakheri, Fereshteh, Adebanjo, Dotun and Genus, Audley (2020) Coordinating biomass supply chains for remote communities : a comparative analysis of non-cooperative and cooperative scenarios. International Journal of Production Research, ISSN (print) 0020-7543 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Genus, Audley and Jensen, Charlotte Louise (2019) Beyond 'behaviour' : the institutionalisation of practice and the case of energy-efficient lighting in Denmark. Journal of Consumer Culture, 19(3), pp. 340-358. ISSN (print) 1469-5405
Genus, Audley and Iskandarova, Marfuga (2018) Responsible innovation: its institutionalisation and a critique. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 128, pp. 1-9. ISSN (print) 0040-1625
Genus, Audley and Stirling, Andy (2018) Collingridge and the dilemma of control : towards responsible and accountable innovation. Research Policy, 47(1), pp. 61-69. ISSN (print) 0048-7333
Piterou, Athina, Coles, Anne-Marie and Genus, Audley (2016) Sustainable energy projects and the community: mapping single building use of microgeneration technologies in London. Urban Studies, 53(9), pp. 1869-1884. ISSN (print) 0042-0980
Genus, Audley (2015) Institutions, discourses and the promotion of renewable energy. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment, 5(1), pp. 119-124. ISSN (online) 2041-840X
Genus, Audley (2014) Governing sustainability: a discourse-institutional approach. Sustainability, 6(1), pp. 283-305. ISSN (online) 2071-1050
Genus, Audley (1997) Managing large-scale technology and inter-organizational relations: the case of the Channel Tunnel. Research Policy, 26(2), pp. 169-189. ISSN (print) 0048-7333
Iskandarova, Marfuga and Genus, Audley (2019) UK responses to the energy challenge : dominant framings and new imaginaries. In: Fahy, Frances , Goggins, Gary and Jensen, Charlotte, (eds.) Energy demand challenges in Europe : implications for policy, planning and practice. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave. pp. 59-69.
Genus, Audley, Fahy, Frances, Goggins, Gary, Iskandarova, Marfuga and Laakso, Senja (2018) Imaginaries and practices : learning from 'ENERGISE' about the integration of social sciences with the EU Energy Union. In: Foulds, Chris and Robison, Rosie, (eds.) Advancing energy policy : lessons on the integration of social sciences and humanities. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 131-144. ISBN 9783319990965
Genus, Audley (2014) Managing large-scale technology and inter-organizational relations: the case of the Channel Tunnel. In: Flyvbjerg, Bent, (ed.) Megaprojects planning and management: essential readings. Cheltenham, U.K. : Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. (Elgar Mini Series) ISBN 9781781001707
Genus, Audley and Iskandarova, Marfuga (2019) Policy paper 2 : good practice guidelines for developing and implementing sustainable energy consumption initiatives in the EU (D6.5). (Project Report) ENERGISE - European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy. 29 p.
Genus, Audley and Iskandarova, Marfuga (2019) Workshop proceedings report II (D6.8). (Project Report) ENERGISE - European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy. 20 p.
Jensen, Charlotte, Ropke, Inge, Goggins, Gary, Fahy, Frances, Heaslip, Eimear, Hajdinjak, Marko, Asenova, Desislava, Bouuaert, Mathias Claeys, Tkalec, Tomislav, Zivcic, Lidija, Bellmallem, Renda, Coklc, Kristjan, Gomes, Camille, Vadovics, Edina, Vadovics, Kristof, Slezak, Jozsef, Horvath, Gergo, Szomors, Szandra, Iskandarova, Marfuga, Genus, Audley, Grealis, Eoin, Musch, Annika, Rau, Henrike, Heiskanen, Eva, Laakso, Senja, Kolehmainen, Jari, Apajalathi, Eeva-Lotta, Backhaus, Julia, Dobigny, Laure and Sahakian, Marlyne (2018) Production of 30 national summary briefs. (Project Report) ENERGISE - European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy. 375 p.
Jensen, Charlotte, Genus, Audley and Vadovics, Edina (2018) Typology reports of results for WP6 and WP7. (Project Report) ENERGISE - European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy. 24 p.
Jensen, Charlotte Louise, Fahy, Frances, Goggins, Gary, Heaslip, Eimear, Vadovics, Edina, Vadovics, Kristof, Hajdinjak, Marko, Backhaus, Julia, Greer, Rachel, Pennekamp, Jochem, Laakso, Senja, Heiskanen, Eva, Matschoss, Kaisa, Sahakian, Marlyne, Dobigny, Laure, Genus, Audley, Iskandarova, Marfuga, Graelis, Eoin, Rau, Henrike and Tkalec, Tomislav (2017) Comprehensive open access dataset of sustainable energy consumption initiatives (SECIS). (Project Report) ENERGISE - European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy. 13 p.
Genus, Audley (2014) SCORAI (Europe)/Kingston University Sustainable Consumption Workshop. (Other) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University. 9 p. (Unpublished)