Jonathan is a visiting research fellow at the Urban Institute and a senior researcher at LATTS (Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires et Sociétés), Paris Est University in France. After BA and MA degrees at Durham University (geography), he studied for a PhD on planning and telecommunications networks at Newcastle University. He was a Research Associate at CURDS, Newcastle, before moving to LATTS where he has worked since 2004.
Jonathan’s research interests are around urban technology and infrastructure as a focus for interrogating the politics of urban socio-technical change. He has worked on a number of projects in this area financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR), French government ministries and agencies and the European Commission.
He coordinated recent projects on transformations in urban energy systems taking an international comparative approach to understanding changing local capacities, actions and governance of energy. The results are published in recent special issues of Urban Studies and Energy Policy. He is currently working on a book project on infrastructure, materiality and urban politics.
Rutherford, J. (with Coutard, O.) (eds.) (2016) Beyond the Networked City: Infrastructure Reconfigurations and Urban Change in the North and South. London: Routledge.
Rutherford, J. (with Jaglin, S.) (2015) ‘Urban energy governance: local actions, capacities and politics’, Energy Policy 78 (guest editor of special issue), 173-178 (introduction).
Rutherford, J. (with Coutard, O.) (2014) ‘Urban energy transitions: places, processes and politics of socio-technical change’, Urban Studies 51(7) (guest editor of special issue), 1353-1377 (introduction).
Rutherford, J. (2014) ‘The vicissitudes of energy-climate policy in Stockholm: politics, materiality and transition’, Urban Studies 51(7), 1449-1470.