UCL Energy Institute

Dr Jenny Crawley

Dr Jenny Crawley

Senior Research Fellow

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
18th Jan 2016

Research summary

Jenny Crawley (nee Jenny Love) is a Research Fellow in Energy and Buildings at UCL Energy Institute. She is also the UCL Academic Manager for the EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training in energy demand (LoLo) and Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE). She works on the built environment aspects of the transition to a low carbon energy system: heating, cooling, flexibility and building performance. Her research interests include the design and execution of socio-technical research into domestic energy use, and analysis and interpretation of energy data.

Teaching summary

Jenny oversees the taught content of the ERBE PhD programme at UCL. She also teaches/taught the following modules: 

- Energy Data Analysis course in the ERBE PhD programme

- Guided Research Project module of the MRes Energy Demand Studies. 


Jenny works as both a researcher and the academic manager of 2 EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training. She aims to contribute to evidence-based decisions about the UK's road to a low carbon energy system, focusing particularly on heating and cooling in buildings. She is passionate about training PhD students to be the next generation of leaders in the energy field.

Prior to this Jenny worked for two years as a Consultant at Element Energy, a low carbon energy consultancy carrying out analysis for clients including DECC, the CCC, energy companies and charities. She worked on district energy systems, heat pumps, micro-CHP and other microgeneration, and building energy efficiency.

Jenny’s training in the field of energy demand came from her PhD at the LoLo Centre for energy demand reduction in the built environment, where she studied how energy efficient building retrofit might change occupants’ heating behaviour. Her work focused on integrating technical evidence from sensors and social data from occupants to discern how increase in internal temperature comes about when homes are retrofitted. She was able to challenge the conventional physics-based and economic approaches to retrofit, proposing a socio-technical approach instead. 

Jenny holds an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering at UCL and a Physics degree at the University of Oxford. Between these courses she spent a year volunteering with a Christian Organisation.