Hedda Ransan-Cooper

Senior Research Fellow

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Environmental sociology, sociology of risk, energy transitions, environmental/climate change migration, transdisciplinary research, social movements


Hedda Ransan-Cooper leads the social science program within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program (BSGIP). She is working with colleagues from a range of disciplines and beyond the academy to better understand and facilitate the transition to a more sustainable electricity grid.

Dr Ransan-Cooper’s research has covered various dimensions of sustainability transitions, primarily in the areas of migration and energy change. She is interested in supervising students on topics surrounding the socio-political dimensions of energy transitions. Her current projects include:


Dr Ransan-Cooper completed her PhD in 2013 at ANU and has worked as a research fellow at ANU since, apart from 2016-17 when she was a research fellow with the Institute for Governance & Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra. Dr Ransan-Cooper completed her BSc (Environment/Sustainability) First Class Honours at ANU in 2007.

Dr Ransan-Cooper’s expertise includes the social and political dimensions of community/neighbourhood batteries, and Australians’ view and experiences of a range of domestic energy products and services including virtual power plants. She is interested in social innovations that facilitate co-benefits and inclusive/just outcomes for the transition to renewables.

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For more details of Dr Ransan-Cooper’s output, please see her publications.

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