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- A PhD student at the University of Melbourne. PhD title: ‘Fitness Landscapes and the Precautionary Principle: The Geometry of Environmental Risk’.
- Working at the CSIRO Division of Building Construction and Engineering.
- Studying Architecture at Deakin University
I am Reader in Energy and the Built Environment at the UCL Energy Institute. My research focuses on how technology and behaviour interact to influence energy use in buildings, and which research designs and methods are best suited to understanding such interactions. My research is frequently highly interdisciplinary (spanning the social and physical sciences), and empirical (based on experimental and field research, analysis of data, and construction of models from data).
I am a member of the ASHRAE Multi-Disciplinary Task Group on Occupant Behaviour in Buildings; the IEA Annex 66 ‘Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behaviour in Buildings’ and IEA Annex 69 ‘Strategy and Practice of Adaptive Thermal Comfort for Lowering Energy use in Buildings’.
I am an editorial board member of Nature Scientific Data, review papers for a dozen international journals, and am a grant reviewer and panel member for EPSRC, ESRC, AHRC, NERC and the Leverhulme Trust. I am currently co-investigator in the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology, academic lead on the Ofgem LCNF Vulnerable Customers and Energy Efficiency project, sit on the Strategic Advisory Group of the ETI Smart Systems Programme, am an academic advisor and consultant to DECC on the Smart Metering programme, and was academic lead on ‘social aspects of smart energy systems’ in the FCO SIN/UKERC Smart Energy Systems academic and trade mission to Japan.
I have also done consultancy work for the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB); the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP); the UK Emissions Trading Group (UK-ETG); the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE); and for English Heritage, and was a member of the Carbon Technical Advisory Group for the London 2012 Olympic Games.