Biography

As a Reader 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 technology adoption and pro-environmental behaviour. I joined the Tyndall Centre and UEA in September 2010 from the London School of Economics where I was a teaching fellow. I have a PhD from the University of British Columbia in Canada on 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.

Career History

  • 2010 - current: Reader (formerly 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. 

Additional Contacts

Fax: +44 (0)1603 591327

All Publications

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Grubler, A., Wilson, C., Bento, N., Boza-Kiss, B., Krey, V., McCollum, D. L., Rao, N. D., Riahi, K., Rogelj, J., De Stercke, S., Cullen, J., Frank, S., Fricko, O., Guo, F., Gidden, M., Havlík, P., Huppmann, D., Kiesewetter, G., Rafaj, P., Schoepp, W., Valin, H.

(2018)

A low energy demand scenario for meeting the 1.5 °C target and sustainable development goals without negative emission technologies,

in Nature Energy

3

pp. 515–527

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Wilson, C., Pettifor, H., Cassar, E., Kerr, L., Wilson, M.

(2018)

The potential contribution of disruptive low-carbon innovations to 1.5 °C climate mitigation,

in Energy Efficiency

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Bento, N., Wilson, C., Anadon, L. D.

(2018)

Time to get ready: Conceptualizing the temporal and spatial dynamics of formative phases for energy technologies,

in Energy Policy

119

pp. 282-293

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van Sluisveld, M. A., Harmsen, M. J., van Vuuren, D. P., Bosetti, V., Wilson, C., van der Zwaan, B.

(2018)

Comparing future patterns of energy system change in 2 °C scenarios to expert projections,

in Global Environmental Change

50

pp. 201-211

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Wilson, C.

(2018)

Disruptive low-carbon innovations,

in Energy Research & Social Science

37

pp. 216-223

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Wilson, C., Tyfield, D.

(2018)

Critical perspectives on disruptive innovation and energy transformation,

in Energy Research & Social Science

37

pp. 211-215

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Morton, C., Wilson, C., Anable, J.

(2018)

The diffusion of domestic energy efficiency policies: A spatial perspective,

in Energy Policy

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pp. 77-88

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Wilson, C., Pettifor, H., Chrysochoidis, G.

(2018)

Quantitative modelling of why and how homeowners decide to renovate energy efficiently,

in Applied Energy

212

pp. 1333–1344

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Hargreaves, T., Wilson, C., Hauxwell-Baldwin, R.

(2018)

Learning to live in a smart home,

in Building Research & Information

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pp. 127-139

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Pettifor, H., Wilson, C., McCollum, D., Edelenbosch, O.

(2017)

Modelling social influence and cultural variation in global low-carbon vehicle transitions,

in Global Environmental Change

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pp. 76–87

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Hargreaves, T., Wilson, C.

(2017)

Smart Homes and Their Users,

Springer

ISBN 978-3-319-68017-0

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McCollum, D. L., Wilson, C., Pettifor, H., Ramea, K., Krey, V., Riahi, K., Bertram, C., Lin, Z., Edelenbosch, O. Y., Fujisawa, S.

(2017)

Improving the behavioral realism of global integrated assessment models: An application to consumers’ vehicle choices,

in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment

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pp. 322-342

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Diaz-Rainey, I., Robertson, B., Wilson, C.

(2017)

Stranded research? Leading finance journals are silent on climate change,

in Climatic Change

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pp. 243–260

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De Nardo, M., Brooks, J. S., Klinsky, S., Wilson, C.

(2017)

Social signals and sustainability: ambiguity about motivations can affect status perceptions of efficiency and curtailment behaviors,

in Environment Systems and Decisions

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pp. 184–197

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Pettifor, H., Wilson, C., Axsen, J., Abrahamse, W., Anable, J.

(2017)

Social influence in the global diffusion of alternative fuel vehicles – A meta-analysis,

in Journal of Transport Geography

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pp. 247-261

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Wilson, C., Hargreaves, T., Hauxwell-Baldwin, R.

(2017)

Benefits and risks of smart home technologies,

in Energy Policy

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pp. 72-83

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Hargreaves, T., Wilson, C.

(2017)

Smart Homes and Their Users,

Springer

ISBN 978-3-319-68017-0

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Stankovic, L., Stankovic, V., Liao, J., Wilson, C.

(2016)

Measuring the energy intensity of domestic activities from smart meter data,

in Applied Energy

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pp. 1565-1580

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Bento, N., Wilson, C.

(2016)

Measuring the duration of formative phases for energy technologies,

in Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions

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pp. 95–112

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Grubler, A., Wilson, C., Nemet, G.

(2016)

Apples, oranges, and consistent comparisons of the temporal dynamics of energy transitions,

in Energy Research & Social Science

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pp. 18-25

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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 use of historical patterns of technology diffusion to inform scenarios and modelling projections of low carbon system transformation. I collaborate extensively with colleagues at IIASA (the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) in Austria. My current projects include an ERC Starting Grant-funded project called 'SILCI' to examine disruptive innovations with significant emission reduction potentials, and a EU Horizon 2020 project called 'SET-Nav' on European energy innovation systems. Recently completed projects in which I was involved include the EU-FP7 'ADVANCE' project to develop the next generation of integrated assessment models, and the EU-FP7 '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 technology adoption and diffusion, pro-environmental behaviour and the effectiveness of behaviour change interventions. I mainly work in a domestic context, on new technologies, energy efficiency and home renovations. Recently completed projects in which I was involved include the EPSRC-funded 'REFIT' project on the domestication of smart home technologies, and the UKERC-funded 'VERD' project on energy efficient home renovation decisions in the context of the Green Deal. I also have a self-funded project on approaches for characterising and mapping pro-environmental behaviour along multiple dimensions.

Teaching Interests

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.

Administrative Posts

  • Energy & Emissions theme co-ordinator for the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research