Post Doctoral Researcher
California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, 619 Charles E. Young Drive East, LaKretz Hall – Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Campus Mailcode: 149606
Sean Kennedy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA. Sean has wide-ranging environmental policy experience across public, private and nonprofit sectors, including policy and research positions at the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in Canberra, Australia, and the World Agroforestry Centre in Bogor, Indonesia. Sean’s current role at the California Center for Sustainable Communities involves compiling and analyzing building greenhouse gas emissions data as part of the Los Angeles County Sustainability Plan.
More broadly, Sean’s research examines the political-ecological geographies of sustainability transitions, both domestically and abroad. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork and policy analysis, Sean’s dissertation research examines the influence of finance and financial institutions over the control, ownership, and geographical organization of the solar energy industry in Indonesia and California. Sean’s future research will examine the land use and livelihoods implications of the recent expansion of utility-scale solar in former agricultural regions of northern Los Angeles County and parts of the Californian Central Valley.