Alec Gelgota is a doctoral researcher at the University of Westminster. His research explores decentralised peer-to-peer energy sharing initiatives and their role as urban experiments in creating systemic transformational change.
The project is co-supervised by Professor Michael Neuman from the Department of Built Environment and Professor Simon Joss from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster.
The project aims to investigate and improve urban experiments’ capacity to drive systemic transformational change within the built environment by identifying challenges and barriers that inhibit their roll-out and uptake. To this end, the research will include a detailed comparative case study analysis of several peer-to-peer energy sharing initiatives. This will help assess their role as drivers of change and uncover any implications on how they can enhance their contributions to systemic transformational change outside of, and beyond, the status quo.
Alec obtained a Master’s in Environment and Sustainability from Monash University in 2010. Afterwards he began work with several environmental non-governmental organisations as an independent consultant working across campaigns on energy, oceans, forests and climate. Recognising both the opportunities and challenges within the built environment in addressing some of the associated issues, Alec enrolled in a Master’s in Urban Development and Design at the University of New South Wales, which he completed in 2013.