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Dr Michael Farrelly is a Research Fellow at the Open University. His research interests are in democracy, democratic theory and practice, local politics (both in the UK and comparatively), policy analysis and environmental politics – specifically, UK bio-energy policy and low-carbon economy. Theoretically and methodologically his interests are in critical discourse analysis and cultural political economy. Recent work has focussed on developing concepts and methods for analysing the financial crisis that emerged in 2007 from the perspective of cultural political economy. He is now researching UK bio-energy research policy and its relation to ‘knowledge’ and ‘low-carbon economy.’