Hannes joined Stirling in 2012 after working as a post-doctoral fellow at Lund University, Sweden and Keele University, UK. He has wide-ranging research interests and a record of publications in fields such as agricultural biotechnology (GMOs) and the policy / governance of climate change and energy, at both national and international levels. He is also interested in the role of cultural factors and discourses in political (and policy) analysis – as part of a broader interpretive approach to political and social science.
Hannes’ most recent publication is a monograph entitled ‘Cultural Politics and the Transatlantic Divide over GMOs’ (Palgrave, 2015). Its core argument is that, alongside political institutions and economic dynamics, cultural values and identities (often associated with food and agriculture) have played a critical role in the transatlantic divergence of regulatory trends, leading to relatively GMO-friendly regulation in the US and stricter precautionary regulation in the EU.
Currently, his main research project explores the politics of unconventional gas extraction (shale gas, fracking) in Scotland and Germany.