As a Lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA, I organise and teach a postgraduate module on energy and climate change, and I contribute to various undergraduate modules on social science research methods, energy and people, and environmental field skills. As a researcher, I am part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and a coordinator of its Energy & Emissions research theme. My research interests lie at the intersection between innovation, behaviour and policy in the field of energy and climate change mitigation. I work at both a systems level, looking at long-run historical and future transitions, and at a micro level, looking at pro-environmental behaviour and decision making. I joined the Tyndall Centre and UEA in September 2010 from the London School of Economics. There, I taught courses on technological change and business sustainability. I have a PhD from the University of British Columbia in Canada. This was an inter-disciplinary social scientific investigation in to the social and behavioural determinants of energy use. Prior to my PhD, I worked for a number of years in the private sector in both renewable energy finance and climate change policy.
- 2010 - current: Lecturer in Energy and Climate Change, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia.
- 2009 - 2010: Teaching Fellow, Department of Geography & Environment, London School of Economics.
- 2008 - 2009: Post-Doctoral Researcher, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria), and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden).
- 2004 - 2008: PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Sustainability, University of British Columbia (Canada).
- 1994 - 2004: Various private sector roles in energy finance and climate policy.
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Key Research Interests
My research interests lie at the intersection between technologies, behaviour and policy in the field of energy and climate change mitigation. I work at both a systems level and a micro level.
At a systems level, I am interested in long run historical as well as future energy transitions, and the extent to which historical patterns of technology diffusion can be used to validate scenario projections of low carbon technology diffusion. I collaborate extensively with colleagues at IIASA (the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) in Austria. My current projects include the EU-funded ADVANCE project to develop the next generation of integrated assessment models of the energy-economy, and the EU-funded AMPERE project to explore multi-model scenarios of low carbon futures. With Arnulf Grubler I published a Cambridge University Press book on energy technology innovation systems. I was a Lead Author of two chapters of the Global Energy Assessment.
At a micro level, I am interested in pro-environmental behaviour, the effectiveness of behaviour change interventions, and decision making heuristics and biases. I mainly work on domestic energy efficiency including home renovations, but I am also interested in pro-environmental behaviour and identity more generally. My current projects include the UKERC-funded VERD project on energy efficient home renovation decisions in the context of the Green Deal, and the EPSRC-funded REFIT project on the domestication of smart home technologies. I also have a self-funded project on approaches for characterising and mapping pro-environmental behaviour along multiple dimensions.
I am interested in teaching on energy and climate change, at both a systems level and at a micro-level. I currently organise and teach a postgraduate module on energy and climate change, and I contribute to various undergraduate modules on social science research methods, energy and people, and environmental field skills.
- Energy & Emissions theme co-ordinator for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research