UCL Energy Institute

Dr Gesche Huebner

Dr Gesche Huebner

Senior Research Associate

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
20th Aug 2012

Research summary

Gesche is working as a Senior Research Associate at the UCL Energy Institute in the newly established CREDS project (https://www.creds.ac.uk/). As part of her work she is looking at how control over the environment impacts on our thermal comfort and the energy we use. Gesche has previously researched which factors determine gas and electricity consumption in nationally representative samples. She has also worked on the relationship between light and thermal comfort, with the aim of broadening the range of comfortable temperatures. She linked empirically derived heating demand temperatures and duration of heating periods in domestic buildings to socio- and building-demographics, and compared empirical data to assumptions of the BREDEM’ (Building Research Establishment Domestic Energy Model) family of models, and to explore the scope for targeted interventions to reduce domestic energy consumption. 

In her role at IEDE, she will explore the relationship between mental health and buildings and the impact of various environmental parameters on cognitive performance. 

Teaching summary

Gesche regularly gives guest lectures in the MRes and the MSc at the Energy Institute on the usage of experimental methods in energy research. She has also previously taught on energy consumption in non-domestic properties and on behaviour change (BA). In her lecturer post, she will teach on wellbeings in buildings as part of the Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Building MSc. 


University of Giessen
Doctorate, Doctor rerum naturalium | 2010
University of Giessen
First Degree, Diplom | 2007


Dr Gesche Huebner joined the UCL Energy Institute as a Research Associate in August 2012 where she is now working as Senior Research Associate in the CREDS project. Prior to joining the EI, Gesche worked for 18 months as a Research Fellow at the University of Greenwich, testing interventions aimed at reducing domestic energy consumption as part of  the EPSRC/E.ON funded ‘Carbon, Control, and Comfort’ project. Gesche obtained a PhD in Psychology (visual cognitive neuroscience) from the University of Giessen, Germany, in 2010.

Since November 2018, Gesche is holding a part-time post as Lecturer in Sustainable and Healthy Built Environment at UCL IEDE.