Pietro Berti



Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology - University of Exeter

PhD Dissertation: Fuelling Expectations: UK Biofuel Policy

Supervisors: Dr. Sabina Leonelli, and Professor Brian Rappert.

My PhD project focuses on the policy debates on sustainable road transport and liquid biofuels in the United Kingdom. The project was funded by a three-year full studentship of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies - University of Exeter.

My interests in energy policy and biomass technologies developed during my Master of Arts in Economics at the University of Bologna (Italy). Through a scholarship, I also managed to spend 6 months as a visiting student at the Copernicus Institute at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). The resulting MA dissertation, written under the supervision of Professor Alberto Clò (University of Bologna) and co-supervision of Assistant Professor Simona Negro (Copernicus Institute), analysed the evolution of the Italian policies in the waste-to-energy sector.



Journal Articles:

-  Berti, P., & Levidow, L. (2014). Fuelling expectations: A policy-promise lock-in of UK biofuel policy. Energy Policy, 66(March), 135-143. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2013.09.044

Conference Papers:

-  'Fuelling Expectations: The evolution of the UK government’s position in the biofuels debate', Eu-SPRI PhD Spring School: Anticipation in the Governance of Innovation. Expectations, Foresight and Technology Assessment - University of Vienna, Austria, 15-17 March 2012.

Conference Presentations:

-  'A policy-promise lock-in of UK biofuels policy', International Conference on Governing Sustainable Biofuels: Markets, certification and technology – organised by Copenhagen Biofuels Research Network (COBREN), Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School and the Danish Institute for International Studies, Copenhagen, DK, 19-20 November 2012.

-  'Fuelling Expectations: UK public authorities debating on biofuels', 4S/EASST Joint Conference 2012:  Design and displacement – social studies of science and technology, Society for Social Studies of Science (4S); European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, 17-20 October 2012.

-  'Fuelling Expectations: Promoting biofuels in the UK', International Conference: Governing Futures: imagining, negotiating and taming emerging technosciences – University of Vienna, Austria, 22-24 September 2011.

-  'Statements of Technological Expectations as Advertisement: Biofuels in the UK', Annual Postgraduate Conference of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter, 18 May 2011.

- 'A Sociological Analysis of UK Governmental Consultations on Emerging Technology: The Biofuels Debate', ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society (Egenis), University of Exeter, 9 September 2010.


Administrative Work:

- 12/2013-07/2014: Research Centre Administrator – Centre for European Governance (CEG), Politics Department, University of Exeter