BA (Hons), MA, PhD (York)
I am a Lecturer in Social Policy within the Department of Social Policy and Social Work. I specialise in the links between social policy and the environment and qualitative research methods. I run two specialist modules ‘Sustainable Development and Social Inclusion’ and ‘Environmental Policy from Global to Local’. My main research interests are different aspects of energy policy (most notably fuel poverty and climate policy), education for sustainable development, public participation in policy development, and environmental attitudes and behaviours.
Between 2004-2007 I was employed as a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute. I worked on an EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council) funded project - DISTILLATE (Design and Implementation Support Tools for Integrated Local Land Use, Transport and the Environment). This was a major four year project to develop ways of overcoming the barriers to the effective development and delivery of sustainable urban transport and land use strategies. As part of this project I was seconded to University College London between February and August 2007.
In July 2008 I was part of a team that received the Vice Chancellor’s teaching award.
I am on the academic advisory board for the Policy Press.
My current research interests are:
I have recently been awarded a grant by eaga charitable trust to research the relationship between disability and fuel poverty. The project has three key aims: firstly, to consolidate existing knowledge and understanding in the field; secondly, to conduct empirical work that will help to understand different dimensions of disability and fuel poverty in depth; and thirdly, to consider and assess the impact of policy changes on disabled people. Ultimately, the project will make policy recommendations that can be made to alleviate any negative or unintended consequences of policy changes
I am involved in fuel poverty research with Dr. Mark Bevan (Centre for Housing Policy) and Harriet Thomson (Department of Social Policy and Social Work).
I have an interdisciplinary research background, and am trained in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. As such I am interested in supervising a range of topics as long as they are relevant to the environment and social policy.
I have supervised three students who have successfully submitted their theses.
I currently supervise Harriet Thomson (Fuel Poverty in the EU) and Jessica Roberts (Volcanic Risk Management).
Snell, C., and Thomson, H. (2013). 'Reconciling fuel poverty and climate change policy under the Coalition government: Green deal or no deal?' In: Ramia, G. and Farnsworth, K. (eds.) Social Policy Review 25: Analysis and debate in social policy. Bristol: Policy Press.
Thomson, H. and Snell, C. (2013). 'Quantifying the prevalence of fuel poverty across the European Union', Energy Policy, 52, 563-572. Available online.
Brooks-Wilson, S. and Snell, C. (2012). '"Hard to Reach" or "Accessible When Approached"? Sustainable Development Discussions with Marginalized Pupil Groups', Children, Youth and Environments, 22(2), 1-24.
Ford-Thompson, A.E.S., Snell, C.J., Saunders, G. and White, P.C.L. (2012). 'Stakeholder participation in management of invasive vertebrates', Conservation Biology, 26(2), 345-356.
Fenney, D. and Snell, C. (2011). 'Exceptions to the green rule? A literature investigation into the overlaps between the academic and UK policy fields of disability and the environment', Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 16(3), 251-264.
Lovett, J.C. Hards, S., Clancy, J., Snell, C. (2010). 'Multiple Objectives in Biofuels Sustainability Policy', Energy and Environmental Science. DOI:10.1039/C0EE00041H.
Wilson, S. and Snell, C. (2010). '‘Bad for the penguins... because they need ice and that to live on’: an exploratory study into the environmental views, concerns and knowledge of socially disadvantaged young people', Journal of Youth Studies, 13(2), 151-168.
Marsden, G., and Snell, C. (2009). ‘The role of indicators, targets and monitoring in decision-support for transport’, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 9(3), 219-236.
Snell, C. (2008). 'Climate Change and Climate Change Policy in the UK 2006-2007', Social Policy Review, 20, 69-92.
Cinderby, S., Forrester, J., and Snell, C. (2008). 'Participatory GIS and its application in governance: the examples of air and noise pollution’, Local Environment, 13(4), 309-320.
Forrester, J., and Snell, C. (2007). ‘Planning Inclusive and Sustainable Urban Regeneration: Balancing a visitor-based economy with local needs in the city of York, UK’, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 1(1), 69-82.
Hudson, J., Lowe, S., Oscroft, N. and Snell, C. (2006). 'Activating Policy Networks: A Case Study of Local Environmental Policymaking in the UK', Policy Studies, 28(1), 55-70.
Marsden, G., Kelly, C., and Snell, C. (2006). 'Selecting Indicators for Strategic Performance Management', Transport Research Review, 1956, 21-29. This paper won the Charley V Wootan Award in recognition of a paper of outstanding merit.
Snell, C., and Brooks-Wilson, S. (2014). 'Education for Sustainable Development and Welfare reform: a very British case study?' in Fitzpatrick, T. (ed) The International Handbook of Environment and Social Policy. Edward Elgar.
Forrester, J., Hicks, K., Kuylenstierna, J., Simon, J., Snell, C., Chadwick, M. J., Schwela, D., and Emberson, L. (2011) 'Governance of Air Quality and Stakeholder Engagement: Lessons and Experiences from International Cases'. In: Lidskog, R. and Sundqvist, G. (2011) Governing the Air: The Dynamics of Science, Policy and Citizen Interaction. MIT Press, Massachusetts.
White, P.C.L., Ford-Thompson, A.E.S., Snell, C.J. and Harris, S. (2011) 'Economic, environmental and social dimensions of alien vertebrate species in Britain'. In: Pimentel, D. (ed.) Biological Invasions: Economic and Environmental Costs of Alien Plan, Animal and Microbe Species, 2nd edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton.
Snell, C. and Quinn, C. (2011) 'International Development and Global Poverty' in Fitzpatrick, T. (ed) Understanding the Environment and Social Policy. Policy Press, Bristol.
Snell, C. (2011). 'Millennium Development Goals', Green Education: An A-to-Z Guide. SAGE Publications.
Snell, C. (2010). 'Congestion Pricing', Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide. SAGE Publications.
Snell, C. (2010). 'Millennium Development Goals', Green Politics: An A-to-Z Guide. SAGE Publications.
Caraher, K. and Snell, C. (eds) (2010). Government, Public Policy and Management: A Reader. Vol 2. SPSW Publishing, York.
Caraher, K. and Snell, C. (eds) (2010). Government, Public Policy and Management: A Reader. Vol 1. SPSW Publishing, York.
West, S. and Snell, C. (2010). ‘Historic Mapping of Tang Hall, York: Methodologies and Findings’ in Atherden, M. (ed) A Walk in the Park: Heritage and Conservation in York’s Open Spaces, PLACE, York.
Snell, C. (2009). The Impact of Local Agenda 21 in England, and the Implications for Participation Strategies. VDM Publishing House Ltd.
Prasad, N. (2008) Social Policies and private sector participation in water supply: beyond regulation Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke for Journal of Social Policy and Administration.
Rogers, P. P., Jalal, K.F, and Boyd, J. A. (2008) An Introduction to Sustainable Development Earthscan, London for Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy.
Snell, C. (2013). 'Fuel Poverty and Disability'. Presented at Fuel Poverty and disabled people: the impact of policy change, 11th February 2013, London.
Snell, C. (2012). 'Fuel poverty and policy'. Presented at Fuel poverty in policy and practice - a postgraduate symposium, 16th November 2012, Sheffield.
Snell, C., and Thomson, H. (2012). 'Energy and fuel poverty policy: Green deal or no deal?'. Paper presented at the Social Policy Association 2012, York.
Snell, C. (2011). 'The International Decade of Education for Sustainable Development: case study evidence from the UK'. Prepared for the 7th Social Policy International Forum and Seminar Series, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China, 26th-28th August 2011 (Invited Speaker).
Snell, C., and Brooks-Wilson, S., (2011). 'Education for sustainable development under the coalition government?'. Paper presented at the Social Policy Association Conference, The University of Lincoln, 4-6th July 2011.
Snell, C. and Quinn, C. (2010). 'Climate Change and Social Policy: responsibility, vulnerability and mitigation in an international context', in Social Policy Innovation in the Era of Social Transformation: The Sixth International Symposium and Lectures on Social Policy: Conference Proceedings, August 27th-29th 2010, Hangzhou, China, ZheJiang University
Lund, J. and Snell, C. (2010) 'Behave yourself! An investigation of the impact of tutor behaviour on the student experience of online distance-based learning', The Higher Education Academy Annual Conference 2010, June 22nd-25th 2010, Hertfordshire, UK, Hertfordshire University.
Snell, C. (2009). 'Tacking affordability in water: findings from research studies', Centre for Consumers and Essential Services Roundtable Seminar ‘What does universal service mean and are there links with equalities and human rights concepts’, October 23rd 2009, London, UK.
West, S. and Snell, C. (2009). 'Engaging socially excluded young people with their local environment: lessons from the field', Environment, Wellbeing and Healthy lifestyle, Institute for Environment, Sustainability, and Regeneration, October 21st 2009, Stoke on Trent, UK
West, S. and Snell, C. (2009). 'Mapping the everyday: why do people make maps', Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society, August 26th – 28th Manchester, UK.
West, S. and Snell, C. (2009). 'Historic Mapping of Tang Hall, York: Methodologies and Findings', A Walk in the Park: Heritage and Conservation in York’s Open Spaces, PLACE Annual Conference, March 2009, York, UK.
Snell, C. (2008). 'Using evidence in policy making: barriers and drivers', Air Pollution Crop Effect Network Meeting, 24th – 26th March Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.
Thomson, H., Snell, C., and Bevan, M. (2013). Fuel Poverty and Disability: a statistical analysis of the English Housing Survey Deliverable 1 (a report funded by eaga charitable trust). Report (PDF , 880kb). Annexes (PDF , 706kb).
Snell, C. and Wilson, S. (2010). Sustainable Schools Project: Deliverable Two (Second report for Wakefield Metropolitan District Council on the findings from the Sustainable Schools Survey).
Snell, C., Main, G., and Wilson, S. (2009). Sustainable Schools Project: Deliverable One (first report for Wakefield Metropolitan District Council on the Sustainable Schools Agenda).
Snell, C., and Bradshaw, J. (2009). Water Affordability in England and Wales: A report prepared for CC Water (final report for the Consumer Council for Water).
Snell, C. and Main, G. (2008). An Overview of Water Poverty in England and Wales (report for the Consumer Council for Water).
Snell, C., and Jones, P. (2007). Accessibility Problems in the Dearne: EPSRC DISTILLATE PROJECT Part B: Techniques for Option Generation.
Snell, C. (2007). Distillate Project C: Indicators and Targets for Sustainable Land Use and Transport EPSRC DISTILLATE PROJECT.
I am module coordinator for:
I also lecture on the following modules:
In recognition of the value of collaborative partnerships the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York and National Energy Action (NEA) are working together to meet common objectives regarding fuel poverty, energy policy and research.
Given NEA's position as the leading UK fuel poverty charity, and that of the Department as a leading UK centre for teaching and research, common objectives for a partnership which is truly collaborative have been developed.
The University of York and NEA see this as an important opportunity to inform and maintain the profile and credibility of fuel poverty campaigns at a time of significant policy change and flux.