Our team

Imagining Alternatives with Feasts for the Future: team profiles

Dr David Sergeant

Dr David Sergeant is an AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow and Principle Investigator on Imagining Alternatives. He completed his Masters and DPhil at the University of Oxford on AHRC scholarships, and spent four months in the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. as a Kluge Center Fellow; since September 2013, he has been Lecturer in English post-1850 at Plymouth University.

David critical work has ranged from the early nineteenth century to the present day, and resulted in a monograph and several articles; he is also the author of two collections of poetry, and his poems and short fiction have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. His most recent work, in both critical and creative fields, has focused on how we imagine and represent alternative presents and imminent futures.

Dr Anastasia Somerville-Wong

Anastasia is a Research Assistant on the AHRC funded ‘Imagining Alternatives’ project at the University of Plymouth. Anastasia is responsible for creating and editing content for these webpages, and for organising the workshops and first ‘Feast for the Future’ in collaboration with Regen SW. 

“We tend to look at our communities in the light of the past and all the environmental challenges we face because of it. At the heart of the ‘Feasts for the Future’ project, is the idea that if we look at ourselves from the perspective of possible future communities instead, we will take more positive action in the present. By sharing a meal and telling stories about the ground-breaking renewable energy and energy efficiency projects taking place successfully in our region and around the world, we can develop a realistic and cooperative vision of what our communities could be like in the future. This vision may be more effective than the ever-present threat of destruction and disaster in motivating communities to take on ambitious projects that will transform the way we live.”

Read Anastasia's blog: www.somervillewong.wordpress.com

Anastasia has worked for over a decade as a researcher, writer, lecturer/public speaker and project manager in higher education, and also in the culture sector as an independent consultant. She has worked on high profile, international and multi-stakeholder projects in collaboration with partners in the creative industries, culture sector and across disciplines in higher education, as well as with independent artists and cultural entrepreneurs.

Jodie Giles

Jodie Giles is the Senior Project Manager at Regen SW.

Jodie is responsible for the delivery of Regen’s community energy support programme. Jodie engages with communities, developers and the wider renewable energy industry to support the development of sustainable energy projects. She facilitates the Regen Communities network of over 200 community energy groups, keeping them up to date with funding, technical and policy changes that affect the sector, running training, events, and working with local authorities and the government to influence policy.

Jodie has twelve years’ experience working in community engagement. She joined Regen from the Eden Project where she worked on community resilience, bulk energy buying, neighbourhood planning and social inclusion projects.