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Dr Rachel Freeman

Dr Rachel Freeman

Research Fellow in Energy Transitions

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
10th Dec 2018

Research summary

Dr Rachel Freeman is a Research Fellow at UCL's Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, in the Energy Systems group. Rachel works on socio-technical energy transition modelling that will support the UK's transition to a low-carbon economy. 

Rachel's research covers a range of topics related to sustainability, including waste prevention, the rebound effect, resource efficiency, energy and carbon management in buildings and transport, demand response in energy consumption, re-distributed manufacturing for urban resilience and sustainability, domestic smart meters, and the relationships between natural capital and the rebound effect. 

Teaching summary

Rachel Freeman has given lectures and tutorials at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels in the following subjects: systems thinking methods for managers, system dynamics modelling, discrete event modelling, low-carbon transport and buildings, climate change mitigation. 

Education

University of Bristol
EngD, Systems Engineering | 2015
University of Reading
MSc, Renewable Energy | 2002
Bedford College
BSc, Mathematics | 1984

Biography

Rachel Freeman has a BSc. in Mathematics, a MSc. in renewable energy and the environment, and a doctorate in systems engineering from the University of Bristol. Before starting her doctorate, she spent many years as a consultant, providing technical evaluation services and research to support forward planning, working for large and small organisations, both public and private. Her speciality is in applying systems thinking methods and systems modelling to a range of sustainability issues - focusing on the complexity of the economic, engineering, and behavioural issues important to the process of decarbonisation. Dr Freeman is a member of the policy council of the UK Chapter of the System Dynamics society.  

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