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Alex Miller is a Research Fellow working on the EmpowerUs project. Funded under the European Union’s Horizon Europe program, EmpowerUs is a €6 million, three-year project that seeks to empower coastal communities to transition towards more resilient, inclusive and sustainable coastal development.

Alex is completing a PhD in Environmental Planning at Queen's University Belfast. His research examines the influence of lock-in and path dependency in the transition to a low carbon electricity system, and how this influences the socio-political acceptance of renewable energy systems. His PhD research was funded by the MISTRAL Innovative Training Network.

Alex holds an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Aquatic Resources from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Research Interests

Renewable energy; energy policy; marine renewable energy; environmental governance; coastal community development; climate change adaptation; water security; environmental politics.


Teaching assistant on courses in the School of Natural and Built Environment:

  • Autumn 2023: EVP3014 - Themes in Spatial Planning
  • Autumn 2022: EVP7040 - Urban Futures (MSc module)
  • Winter/Spring 2022: EVP2009 - Planning and Climate Change
  • Winter/Spring 2021: EVP2009 - Planning and Climate Change
  • Winter/Spring 2021: EVP7040 - Urban Futures (MSc module)

Assisted with lecturing, organising and running seminars, leading field visits, and marking.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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