Dr David Tyfield is a Reader in Environmental Innovation & Sociology at the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Cosmopolitan Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. He is Director of the International Research and Innovation Centre for the Environment (I-RICE), Guangzhou (a joint initiative between Lancaster and CAS Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry) and Co-Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), Lancaster University. His research focuses on the interaction of political economy, social change and developments in science, technology and innovation, with a particular focus on issues of low-carbon transition in China, especially urban e-mobility and ‘clean coal’.
He is currently leading the Work Package of the ERC project on ‘Cosmo-Climate’ regarding ‘cosmopolitan low-carbon innovation’; lead researcher for an ESRC project (30-months) with colleagues at CeMoRe, Sussex, SOAS, Tsinghua and CAS on ‘Low Carbon Innovation in China: Practice, Politics & Prospects’; and principal investigator on a British Council project (10 months) on ‘Responsibly Innovating Energy for Mobility’ with colleagues at FUABC, Brazil and Strathclyde University. Recent publications relevant to the issues of ‘cosmopolitan low-carbon innovation’ include articles in Theory, Culture & Society, International Critical Thought, Mobilities and Journal of Responsible Innovation, as well as co-edited Special Issues for Theory, Culture & Society, Mobilities and Journal of Knowledge-based Innovation in China and a two-volume monograph on The Economics of Science (Routledge, 2012).