Bregje van Veelen is a Researcher at Uppsala University, where she is part of the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRHU) research group. With a background in Human Geography, her research examines how low carbon transitions are given shape. She is especially interested in low carbon governance at different scales, the sociomaterial dynamics of carbon lock-in, and the potential for low carbon transitions to contribute to societal transformation and political democratisation. She currently holds a Formas Mobility Grant for her project ‘Post-carbon: Imagining the future to unmake the present’ in which she explores how post-carbon futures are imagined, and how these imaginaries shape the ‘unmaking’ of fossil fuel infrastructures, and the social, economic, and political relations entangled in them.


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Van Veelen, B., Rella, L., Taylor Aiken, G., Judson, E., Gambino, E., Jenss, A., Parashar, A., and Pinker, A. (2021) Intervention: Democratizing Infrastructure. Political Geography.

Van Veelen, B. (2020) Cash cows? Assembling low-carbon agriculture through green finance. Geoforum 118: 130-139.

Bridge, G., Bulkeley, H., Langley, P., and van Veelen, B. (2019) Pluralizing and problematizing carbon finance. Progress in Human Geography. 44(4): 724-742.

Van Veelen, B. (2019) Caught in the middle? Constructing and contesting intermediary spaces in low carbon governance. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 38(1): 116-133.

Van Veelen, B. and van der Horst, D. (2018) What is Energy Democracy? Connecting social science energy research and political theory. Energy Research and Social Science. 46: 19-28.

Creamer, E., Eadson, W., van Veelen, B., Pinker, A., Tingey, M., Braunholtz-Speight, T., Markantoni, M., Foden, M., and Lacey-Barnacle, M. (2018) Community Energy: entanglements of community, state, and private sector. Geography Compass. 2018(12): e12378.