Gary Goggins is Research Project Coordinator with the ENERGISE project and is based in the School of Geography at NUI Galway. He holds a PhD in Environmental Sociology and Sustainability Studies, an MA in Community Development and an undergraduate degree in Business Studies. His main research interests are in relation to sustainable consumption and individual and socio-material influences on consumption patterns. He is also concerned with how knowledge is communicated with policy makers, civil society and industry. For several years, he worked as a project manager with a family construction business and has first-hand experience of producing energy efficient buildings to high regulatory standards. He has also worked in the NGO sector in Ireland and Zambia, where he was responsible for developing and implementing a number of sustainable community-led projects. In a previous life, he travelled extensively with a preference for visiting developing countries. These days, he is contented with life on the West coast of Ireland, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.