Elizabeth Shove (Director), Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. Elizabeth’s research on energy spans 25 years during which time she has held research awards from BRE, EU, EPSRC, ESF, ESRC, DoE, DETR, TfL, and Unilever. She is author/co-author of 9 books, including Sustainable Practice (2013: Routledge) The Dynamics of Social Practice (2012: Sage), and Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience (2003: Berg).
Gordon Walker (Co-Director), Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University. Gordon is a geographer by training and has research expertise in energy social science, environmental justice and inequality, sustainability transitions, social practice and risk governance. He has led and collaborated on many ESRC, EPSRC, UK Government and EU funded research projects over the past 20 years.
Greg Marsden is Director of the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. Greg is currently working on issues relating to carbon governance and energy demand reduction. In DEMAND his focus is the mobility strands and understanding whether we can design solutions which improve well-being but do not inherently require greater mobility. He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission.
Sylvie Douzou is Programme Leader on Energy Demand & Dynamics of Consumption at ECLEER. She is EDF-R&D Scientific leader of the People, Energy & Buildings Programme (with EPSRC), and a member of the CNRS task force on Societal Acceptability of New Energy Technologies. Her own research focuses on the relationship between technology and social practice and the implications for energy systems and services.
Simone Gristwood is the DEMAND Centre Administrator and Communications Manager at Lancaster University. She is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day administrative activities of the Centre and is a primary point of contact for queries relating to the work of the Centre and its partners. Simone has a PhD in Cultural Research and her research focuses on the early uses of computing in art and design from the 1960s-1980s.
Jillian Anable, Centre for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Jillian’s research focuses on attitudes to transport, energy and climate change. She is transport topic leader within the Energy Demand theme of the UK Energy Research Centre where she has contributed to the development of the UK Transport Carbon Model. Working on Trends and patterns in energy demand, Business travel and Energy-related economic stress in the UK at the interface between transport, housing and fuel poverty
Ben Anderson is a Senior Research Fellow in the Energy and Climate Change Division at the University of Southampton and a Visiting Research Fellow at Lancaster Environment Centre. His research interests include the strategic social science of resource demand with a particular focus on the temporal and spatial patterns of domestic water and energy consumption. Working on Trends and patterns in energy demand.
John Connaughton is Professor of Sustainable Construction at the University of Reading. Prior to 2012 he worked at Davis Langdon for over 30 years, and a Partner for 18 years. John led the development of the firm’s Sustainability Services with a particular focus on providing advice to construction clients on energy use and the reduction and management of energy consumption and related CO2 emissions. Working on Negotiating needs and expectations in commercial buildings.
Rosie Day, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, is an environmental social scientist working on domestic energy consumption, environmental and energy justice, and ageing. She has collaborated with other members of the DEMAND team on INCLUSEV and is CoI on the new EPSRC funded project ‘An Intelligent Digital Household Network to transform Low Carbon Lifestyles’. She was previously PI on a Nuffield Foundation funded project ‘the thermal management practices of older people in winter’, with Russell Hitchings. Working on Projects Older people and mobile lives & Energy, need and justice.
James Faulconbridge, Management School, Lancaster University, is interested in two areas of research in DEMAND. First, is the way building design professionals come to understand what is legitimate and ‘normal’ in relation to the design of buildings and to sustainable design. Second, is mobility in everyday and business life. Particularly how business travel has become an expected, normal and needed form of mobility. Working on Business travel & Negotiating needs and expectations in commercial buildings.
Mike Hazas is a lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. Mike is interested in applying his research background in pervasive sensing and algorithms to develop nuanced understandings of how personal and domestic practices are connected to resource demand and other impacts. Mike’s recent work has spilled across the domains of cooking, thermal comfort and home information technologies. Working on Domestic IT use.
Russell Hitchings is a Lecturer in Human Geography at UCL. He research uses qualitative methods to consider aspects of everyday life and how they might be encouraged to be less resource hungry and socially beneficial. His previous research includes, changing ways in which people live with domestic gardens in London, how city office workers relate to the idea of outdoor experience in their daily lives, and how older people respond to the arrival of winter cold at home. Working on Older people and mobile lives.
Jan Selby is Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex, and Director of the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research (SCSR). His research focuses on environmental security, peace processes, and International Relations theory. He is author of Water, Power and Politics in the Middle East: The Other Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (IB Tauris, 2013); co-editor of books on Global Governance, Conflict and Resistance (Palgrave, 2003) and Militarism and International Relations (Routledge, 2012). Working on Invisible energy policy.
Jacopo Torriti is an Associate Professor in Energy Economics and Policy in the School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading. Jacopo’s interests are in the costs, benefits and risks associated with energy and environmental policies, with a specific focus on UK and EU smart grids. In DEMAND he uses time use data to identify links between household practices and residential energy demand profiles. Working on Trends and patterns in energy demand.
Frank Trentmann is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London and senior research fellow at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, Manchester University. His work has been in the history of consumption, civil society, and politics broadly defined, with a particular focus on food, water and, now, energy. He is the author of Free Trade Nation: Commerce, Consumption and Civil Society in Modern Britain (OUP, 2008), which won the Whitfield Prize. Working on Adapting infrastructure for a lower carbon society.
Matt Watson is a senior lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Sheffield. His research, explores the systemic relations between everyday practices, technologies, spaces and institutions, in fields of energy, food, waste, and personal mobility. Working on Adapting infrastructure for a lower carbon society.
Tony Whiteing, Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds, has more than 30 years academic experience in research, primarily in the field of freight transport economics, logistics and supply chain management. Much of his research has focused on improving the environmental performance and sustainability of freight and logistics activities, including work on local (urban), national and international scales. Working on Infrastructures for online shopping: integrating supply and demand.
Corelia Baibarac originally trained and practised as an Architect and has recently been awarded a Doctorate by Trinity College Dublin in a trans-disciplinary cities research area, combining Urban Studies, Mobilities and ICT-mediated Participation. She has an interest in everyday life experiences of urban space, locative technologies and mapping, and in the co-governance opportunities offered by the interrelationships between the three. Corelia is currently collaborating as a Data Fellow on Theme 1 of the DEMAND research project.
Véronique Beillan, has been working as a researcher for EDF R&D since 1991. She has conducted numerous field studies and developed methodological & theoretical knowledge on questions linked to housing, innovation and social uses of energy, such as residential uses of electrical devices, social appropriation of innovations, social diffusion of passive houses and low-energy refurbishment, decentralized power generation from photovoltaic panels (energy producers). Working on The dynamics of energy use in daily life.
Stanley Blue is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Stanley’s research explores the relationships between everyday practice and time, the social organisation of habit and routine, and the impact of routine and everyday practice on demand for energy and travel. He is working on one of DEMAND’s linked projects, Institutional Rhythms, which examines the role that institutions play in shaping internal and external temporal patterns of energy and mobility demand.
Catherine Butler is an Advanced Research Fellow in Environment and Sustainability at University of Exeter. Her research examines the roles of publics, the state, and private institutions in the societal processes which work to embed, sustain, and shift particular ways of living with implications for environmental sustainability. In DEMAND her project sits within Welfare, Employment and Energy Demand: Examining tensions and opportunities in the delivery of demand reduction.
Anna Carlsson-Hyslop was a Research Associate at the Sustainable Consumption Institute at The University of Manchester. Her main research interest in DEMAND was the history of energy demand in 20th century Britain. She has long-standing interests in the interaction between existing and new infrastructures and practices, and how this creates and interacts with landscapes (including townscapes) and places/spaces. Worked on Adapting infrastructure for a lower carbon society.
Noel Cass is a Senior Research Associate the DEMAND Centre and previously in the Department of Organisation, Work & Technology at Lancaster University. He has a background in researching different aspects of energy policy across several sectors: climate change policy in local authorities, ethical aspects of energy systems and energy vulnerability, public engagement with nuclear waste policy and renewable energy technologies, and the practice and policy implications of mobility and transport. He is working on Negotiating needs and expectations in commercial buildings, looking at how the institutional practices of building design in offices create energy demand through transforming rules, norms, and cultures into built form and infrastructures.
Mathieu Durand-Daubin is a researcher at EDF R&D, GRETS team. Past research has studied customer behaviour and perception in the automotive industry and energy sector, particularly customer loyalty, fuel poverty, smart metering services, and household energy consumption. More recently he has investigated the interdisciplinary approach to the role of consumers when designing energy consumption qualitative and quantitative models. Working on Trends and patterns in energy demand.
Ferenc Fodor, was a Lecturer in Hungary before joining EDF R&D, GRETS Team. His work deals with discursive analyses of texts and images and social representations of climate change, energy saving and fuel poverty. In particular, relations between fuel poverty, social and environmental justice and climate change. He is responsible for a scientific partnership between EDF R&D and CERI Sciences Po Paris where he is Associate Expert and he also teaches semiotics at the University of Paris Descartes. Working on Energy, need and justice.
Isabelle Garabuau-Moussaoui has been working as a social sciences researcher at EDF R&D for 10 years. She is specialised in the socio-anthropology of consumption, daily habits and energy-related practices of households and of employees in companies. She is also involved in the UK CISE Project (Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy), funded by ECLEER and EPSRC. Working on The dynamics of energy use in daily life.
Catherine Grandclément is a researcher at EDF R&D where she works on the infrastructures of mass (electricity) consumption and the “domestication” of demand, doing studies on demand-side management, smart grids, and buildings. She is interested in the consumerisation of electricity, the transformation of the kilowatt-hour into a consumer good and the configuration of the consumer as the relevant object of energy policy. Working on Adapting infrastructure for a lower carbon society and 3.4.
Richard Hanna was a Research Fellow at the University of Reading. Working on Trends and patterns in energy demand, he conducted secondary analysis of time-use (including longitudinal) data to understand the structure and social distribution of end-use practices. Richard was awarded his PhD at the University of Surrey in July 2013, on ‘Installer businesses and renewable energy uptake in homes’. He also contributed to a University of Surrey research project on behalf of Thameswey Energy, which monitored the energy performance of 12 homes at Brookwood Farm, Woking.
Julia Hibbert is a Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Her PhD, awarded by Bournemouth University, explored the role of identity in tourism mobility and her recent research examined how mobile social networks might facilitate travel collaboration and social assistance within a community. Julia’s work in DEMAND will look at the mobility of older people and what their travel practices mean for energy demand (Older people and mobile lives).
Allison Hui is an Academic Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Her research is driven by a curiosity about transformations in everyday life in the context of global mobilities of people, objects, and resources. Previous projects have investigated travel demand and patterns of consumption related to leisure, tourism, new media art, and return migration. Her work in DEMAND will focus upon infrastructures, energy use in everyday life, and engagement activities. Working on Projects The dynamics of energy use in daily life, Adapting infrastructure for a lower carbon society.
Ian Jones is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds. His research explores the systemic relations between technologies, governance, professional practices and knowledge and organisational conventions in urban and transport planning practice. Working on Projects Business travel & Infrastructures for online shopping: integrating supply and demand.
Mette Kragh-Furbo is a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster Environment Centre. She is looking at the governance of energy demand in Local smart grids. Her research involves studying how the agency to govern demand is becoming distributed in new configurations across the network of actors, across material technologies and infrastructures of different forms and devices of knowledge management, data processing and data representation. Her doctoral research focused on data practices within consumer genomics.
Lenneke Kuijer is a Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Coming from a background in Industrial Design Engineering, she has a particular interest in the relations between the dynamics of energy demand, domestic practices and the development of material interventions. In her PhD thesis entitled ‘Implications of Social Practice Theory for Sustainable Design’ she explores the tension field between practice theory and a future orientation in a hands on manner. She intends to build on this work through her contributions to Adapting infrastructure for a lower carbon society.
Dominique Le Roux is Project Leader at EDF R&D (Clamart France) on the project ORISON, which is dealing with societal and political risks for the Company (organisational sociology, societal evolutions in France and Europe, fuel poverty…) in partnership with CERI- Center for International European Studies at Sciences-Po Paris where she also works as Associate Expert. Working on Projects The dynamics of energy use in daily life & Energy, need and justice.
Giulio Mattioli is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. His work in DEMAND has focused on trends and patterns in transport energy demand (Trends and patterns in energy demand). His own research has focused on the intersection between environmentally sustainable transport and transport-related social exclusion, as well as on the public acceptability of sustainable transport policies. He is now working on Energy-related economic stress in the UK at the interface between transport, housing and fuel poverty and a project linked to DEMAND.
Janine Morley is a researcher at Lancaster University. She is interested in how theories of practice transform understandings of energy-use variation, and whether detailed knowledge of such variations speaks to the dynamics of particular practices. Her recent PhD research combined a variety of methods for conducting fine-grained comparisons in three areas of practice in student residences – ICT use, cooking and thermal comfort. Working on Domestic IT use.
Caroline Mullen is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Her research for DEMAND investigates implications of transport and mobility for equality and distributive fairness. She also works on sustainable urban mobility planning and using deliberative processes to understand changes needed for a shift to low carbon mobility. Working on Need, mobility poverty and the ethics of the future cost of mobility.
Karen Parkhill is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of York. Her research examines public and stakeholder perceptions of low carbon energy transition including geographical, social, political and cultural dimensions. She is currently working with Catherine Butler, Karen Bickerstaff and Gordon Walker, to examine the impacts of welfare and employment policies on energy demand. This project sits within Welfare, Employment and Energy Demand: Examining tensions and opportunities in the delivery of demand reduction.
Magali Pierre, is a researcher at EDF R&D, GRETS Team. She has investigated issues about household energy use and on individual mobility, particularly on the emerging electric vehicle in France. In DEMAND Magali will look at compartmentalization vs permeability of energy practices and will analyze the role out of charging infrastructure in France with regard to the British case (and vice versa) and to explore how these infrastructures influence the mobility practices. Working on Projects The dynamics of energy use in daily life & Adapting infrastructure for a lower carbon society.
Louise Reardon is a Research Fellow in Governance and Transport Policy at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. Her research for DEMAND is currently focusing on steering demand; what it means to steer demand and how this may be achieved. Her own research has focused on transport policy implementation, agenda setting and wellbeing.
Jenny Rinkinen is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Jenny’s research examines the converging patterns of energy demand, and the related dynamics of standardisation. She is working on one of the DEMAND linked projects, ‘Convergence and divergence in energy-related practices: Understanding demand in the Global South’, building on DEMAND’s empirical and theoretical approach through an international comparative study.
Sarah Royston is a Research Fellow in the School of Global Studies at University of Sussex. She is working on Invisible energy policy concerned with implicit energy governance in Higher Education and the military. Before joining DEMAND, Sarah worked as a Researcher at the Association for the Conservation of Energy, and as an RA on the project “Reducing Energy Consumption through Community Knowledge Networks”. Her PhD at the University of York was entitled “Careers of action on climate change: The evolution of practices throughout the life course”.
Neil Simcock was a researcher at Lancaster University working on Energy, need and justice. Recently he worked on the ‘Reducing Energy Consumption through Community knowledge Networks’ project with Keele University and Marches Energy Agency. Neil received his PhD in November 2012, on ‘Imposition or “the will of the people”? Procedural justice in the implementation of community wind energy projects’. His interests encompass ideas of justice, democracy and deliberation, and the potential for ‘community’ scale initiatives in response to climate change.
Mattijs Smits is Assistant Professor at the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University. He researches and teaches in the fields of energy practices, policy and politics, environment, sustainability, (rural) development and carbon markets. He is co-investigator for the DEMAND linked project on Convergence and Divergence in Energy-related Practices: Understanding demand in the Global South, which focuses on household energy demand in Thailand and Vietnam.
Nicola Spurling is a researcher at Lancaster University examining the role of professions in shaping infrastructures of practice, and the implications for transitions in energy demand. Previously, she was a researcher in the Sustainable Practices Research Group (SPRG). Working on Adapting infrastructure for a lower carbon society.
Sue Venn is a Research Associate in the Department of Geography at University of Sussex. Her research interests focus on issues of ageing and later life, and her research takes place within multidisciplinary settings. Sue’s previous role was with the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group at the University of Surrey exploring the possibility for lifecourse transitions to offer potential points of intervention to encourage more sustainable lifestyles. Sue is working on Older people and mobile lives looking at patterns of mobility in later life and the implications of these for energy demand.
Grégoire Wallenborn is a post-doc researcher at EDF R&D, GRETS team. His research explores the link between environment, technology and everyday life. Previous projects have investigated the perception of sustainable development by the societal actors, scenario building methodologies, socio-anthropology of consumption including aspects of social inequalities and rebound effects, ecodesign and user-centred design, users and flexibility in ‘smart grids’. Working on The dynamics of energy use in daily life.
Michael Allen is a PhD student in the Demand Centre at Lancaster University. He has studied at the University of Hull and the Institute of Transport Studies at the University of Leeds. His PhD focuses on the energy use of live musical performances and how that energy use has been shaped by technological advances, societal expectation and people’s mobility.
Julian Burkinshaw is a PhD student in the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds, having received his bachelor degree in Geography from University of Salford in 2012. With travel to work comprising around 25% of all trips and a major source of transport energy consumption, the study will be looking into the role of business as an actor in steering this demand and in particular at the potential to align business objectives with energy demand reduction.
Mitchell Curtis is an EngD student in the Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments Centre at the University of Reading. His research will focus on understanding the energy demand in small to medium enterprises and the potential for Demand Response. The research will be undertaken in conjunction with the Demand Response aggregator Kiwi Power Ltd.
Joe Gillett is a PhD student in the Demand Centre at Lancaster University. His PhD explores how high and low carbon-intensive forms of leisure and exercise become ‘normalised’, or otherwise, over time.
Iain Goddard is a PhD student in the DEMAND centre at Lancaster University. He arrived at DEMAND in 2015 having obtained a Masters degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia. His work at DEMAND will examine shared car use. It will trace the emergence of organised car-sharing schemes, as well as related practices of vehicle sharing through lift-request services, social car schemes, and car clubs, and informal car sharing practices such as hitchhiking.
Torik Holmes is a PhD student in the DEMAND centre at Lancaster University. After completing his undergraduate degree in Media, Sociology and Journalism at Cardiff University, he obtained his MA in Sociology at Manchester University. His PhD will consider the relationship between practices of gentrification and energy demand.
Carolynne Lord is a PhD student in the DEMAND Centre at Lancaster University; having completed her undergraduate degree in Spanish with Computing; and her Masters in Sociological Research there also. Her PhD will focus on the impact of the tablet computer; examining how and when it has been integrated into social practices; and the consequences that this has had for uses of other, more traditional, computing devices.
Mary Pothitou is an EngD Student in the Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments Centre at the University of Reading. Her previous studies in Cranfield University were related to research on energy savings through behavioural change in the residential sector. Her current research focuses on users’ needs and expectations in commercial buildings, exploring past and current building standards as well as energy saving opportunities in the building lifecycle.
Flavia Vintila is a PhD student in the DEMAND centre at Lancaster University; having completed her undergraduate degree in Marketing with a Minor in Sociology; and her Masters in E-Business and Innovation there also. Her PhD will focus on hotels as sites of energy use that are neither home nor work, where several practices come together; examining what impact the social practices of guests have on hotels’ energy demand.
Dominique Bertin is currently R&D Energy Efficiency Coordinator for residential customers at EDF Energy. He coordinates activities in the residential market, in support of innovative products and commercial offers development, particularly on the benefit of digital home tools to engage with customer to monitor energy performances and to encourage energy efficient behaviour and home energy performance refurbishment. He has an engineering degree in aerodynamics and thermal modelling and prior to EDF worked for General Electric Aviation for 8 years. He is passionate about paragliding and motorcycling which he practises when the weather allows!
Mike Colechin is the Strategy Manager for Partnerships at the Energy Technologies Institute. Prior joining ETI in 2011 he worked for E.ON as a combustion engineer and more recently as R&D Partnership Manager. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Olivier Coutard is a socio-economist. He trained as a civil engineer (ENPC 1988), and holds a PhD in economics and social sciences (ENPC 1994, on the introduction of competition in the electricity supply industry). Since 1996 he has held a full-time research position with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and his current research addresses: urban energy policies in Europe; and the transformations in the sociotechnical organisation of urban services. Since 2008, he has been the Director of LATTS (Laboratoire Techniques Territoires Sociétés).
Nick Eyre (Chair) is Programme Leader of the Lower Carbon Futures group in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, and a Jackson Senior Research Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford. He is a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, leading its work on energy demand. Nick previously worked at the Energy Saving Trust as Director of Strategy and, on secondment, in Cabinet Office, where he was a co-author of the Government’s 2002 Review of Energy Policy. He has published extensively and is a lead author on the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC to be published in 2014.
Michael Harrison is head of benefits and evaluation at the Smart Metering Programme within the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. He has been involved in a wide range of activities aimed at improving the use of evidence in environmental policymaking over the last 10 years, including leading the development of Defra’s first strategy for evidence and innovation, and responsibility for the finalisation of the EDRP project (major GB smart metering trials 2008-11). His current role includes leading research and analysis to inform policy on smart metering, which is due to be rolled out to all GB households and smaller businesses by 2020. Although an ecologist by training and career beginning, he is now particularly interested in understanding and maximising the contribution that the social sciences can make to informing the policy making process and ensuring that government interventions deliver positive results for society.
Peter Jones is Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development at UCL. Before joining UCL in 2005, Peter was director of the Transport Studies Group at the University of Westminster. He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission, the London Roads Task Force, Chair of the RGS-IBG Transport Geography Research Group, and Overseas Special Advisor to the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences, Japan.
Tomas Ariztia was a Visiting Researcher at the DEMAND centre in early summer 2016. He is Associate Professor at the Sociology department of Diego Portales University, Chile and Deputy Principal Investigator of the Research Nucleus on Energy and Society (NUMIES). His energy related research interest concerns sustainable consumption, energy use and energy infrastructures. He is also interested in studying the sociomaterial organization of consumption and the ethnography of business practices and devices. During his visit, he worked on developing the theoretical and empirical aspects of NUMIES´ ongoing research focused at researching heating practices and infrastructures in Chilean households. Read Tomas’ reflections as a visitor.
Mikkel Bille was a Visiting Researcher at the DEMAND Centre until the end of May 2016 and joins us from Roskilde University, Denmark. With an anthropological background in material culture studies his work explores the social role of light and lighting in everyday life. His most recent work focused on the introduction of energy saving light bulbs in Denmark and Jordan in a comparative study of lighting culture in the domestic sphere – the practices of lighting up the home, the meanings attached, the social spaces it shapes, and the atmospheres lighting helps create. Read Mikkel and fellow DEMAND visitor Yolande’s, The temporal dynamics of being an international visiting scholar.
Heather Chappells was a Visiting Researcher at the DEMAND Centre during Summer 2014. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her energy-related research focuses on the socio-technical construction of demand in energy systems, conceptualizations of comfort in a changing climate and more recently on the dynamics of demand in the context of disruption. During her visit she will investigate how cultural, societal and institutional responses to past energy disruptions have shaped future demand trajectories and what this implies for adaptation to “new normal” disruptive conditions associated with climate change. Heather’s reflections of her visit.
Conor Harrison visited the Demand Centre during June and July 2014 from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. His research focuses on the mutual constitution of energy supply and energy demand, particularly the way energy infrastructures have interacted and been shaped historically by interactions with various economic, social, and cultural geographies. His current project focuses on how large-scale regional electric power planning systems in the US were predicated on a particular type of ideal industrial and residential energy consumer. Conor’s reflections of his visit.
Sanneke Kloppenburg was a visiting researcher at the DEMAND Centre for two weeks in April 2016. She is a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Policy Group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Her research interests converge around the use of new technologies in the context of energy systems, mobility, and border control. Together with colleagues Robin Smale and Nick Verkade she is currently involved in a project on emerging energy practices in the smart grid. As part of her visit to the DEMAND Centre she conducted fieldwork on the role of householders in community and domestic electricity storage in smart grids. Sanneke’s reflections of her visit.
Marius Korsnes was a visiting researcher from January – March 2017. He is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. His research is connected to the Centre for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES) and the Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN), and focusses on the role of ‘prosumers’ and new forms of energy use in low-energy buildings and neighborhoods. He compares prosumers with respect to energy use and household practices in urban dwellings and neighborhoods in China, Norway and Germany. He wrote his PhD thesis about China’s wind power industry, and the thesis was entitled ‘Chinese Renewable Struggles. Innovation, the Arts of the State and Offshore Wind Technology’. Read more about prosumption and energy demand.
Nicola Labanca was a Visiting Researcher at the DEMAND Centre in July and August 2016 and joined us from the Institute of Energy and Transport of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. He is a physicist who has been working at the design, implementation and evaluation of energy conservation policies since 2002. He is currently interested in studying instruments and more recent human artefacts like complex systems as constituents of rituals and mythopoetic ceremonies, engaging and generating misleading certainties in people, and mainstream policy makers and researchers working on energy sustainability. By building on a historical enquiry on instrumentality developed by Ivan Illich, Carl Mitcham and other scholars, Nicola tries to highlight how the above mentioned situation can prove counter-productive and works at identifying alternative approaches that can be adopted to design and implement policies for a sustainable transition to renewable energies. He is currently working on a book which explores these ideas. Nicola’s reflections of his visit.
Ruth Lane is a Visiting Researcher at the DEMAND Centre from late July till the end of August 2017 and joins us from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Ruth’s research is focused on the interface between resource consumption, social change and environmental governance. From 2013-16 she led a Monash University interdisciplinary research team on a CSIRO Flagship Cluster research program called Wealth from Waste which examined the potential for more advanced metals recycling in Australia (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/wfw/) . A key focus of the Monash research was the proliferation of electronic products in Australian households. Her DEMAND Centre fellowship draws on these research materials to explore the implications of domestic IT use for energy demand, focusing in particular on the connections between life course transitions and IT use.
Anthony Levenda was a Visiting Researcher at the DEMAND Centre during May and June 2017. He is a postdoctoral researcher in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University (ASU), in Tempe, Arizona. His research focuses on the politics and governance of smart grid technologies and urban energy transitions. His PhD dissertation investigated the socio-historical co-construction of the smart grid and “smart consumers” in US energy policy, the implementation of urban smart grid projects and zero-energy districts, and the mobilities of models, knowledge, and expertise for urban smart grid projects. His current research, as a part of the STIR Cities project at ASU, utilizes ethnographic studies of experts developing smart city technologies and programs to understand on how experts integrate social complexity into their work.
Elspeth Oppermann was a Visiting Researcher at the DEMAND Centre for 12 weeks from the 18th of July to the 7th of October 2016. She is a Research Fellow in the Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University, Australia. As a human geographer with a background in adaptation to extreme weather and climate change, her current focus is on how outdoor, labour-intensive workers manage heat stress in their everyday lives in Australia’s tropical monsoon zone. While at DEMAND, Elspeth engaged in discussions and writing about rhythms of social practices, domain-crossing practices, and questions of power and ethics in relation to the normalization and transformation of practices and the responsibilization of practitioners. Elspeth hosted a seminar on 21st September.
Kimberley O’Sullivan is a visiting researcher at the DEMAND Centre in October and November 2017. She is a Research Fellow at He Kainga Oranga / Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand. With a background in Public Health, Kimberley’s research interests are the relationships between energy vulnerabilities (fuel poverty), energy use behaviours, energy efficiency of housing and buildings, and the interaction of these with health. Her latest work explores energy use while working from home.
Claudia Serwah Prempeh was a visiting researcher at the DEMAND Centre in March 2017. She is a Junior Fellow with the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) at the University of Bayreuth, Germany where is she is pursuing a PhD in Culture and Technology. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her PhD is titled Powering Ghana? “Dumsor”, a study of electricity and its absence. Her research interests are in the field of electricity use and management, energy policy and governance in the developing economies.
Giuseppe Salvia was a Visiting Researcher at the DEMAND Centre until February 2017 from Politecnico di Milano. With a background in product design, sustainable consumption and production, Giuseppe intends to explore how everyday practices are reconfigured by the spreading of the Internet of Things (IoT) and ‘smart’ automated devices, such as self-driving vehicles and domestic thermostats. The research will focus on skill distribution and negotiation with smart technology and the implications for energy demand.
Hilmar Schaefer visited the DEMAND Centre as a researcher from January until March 2015. He is a cultural sociologist at Europa-Universitaet Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. His areas of research include social theory and the sociology of art. In his PhD thesis, he asked how practice theory can account for social change. In his postdoc research, he looks at the specialized and vernacular practices that construct cultural heritage, especially the notion of “world heritage”. He is particularly interested in the relationship between buildings and practices and is engaged in developing methods for the sociological study of architecture.
Ted Schatzki visited the Demand Centre during June and July 2014 from the University of Kentucky where he is Senior Associate Dean (Dean of Faculty) in the College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Philosophy and Geography. His research and teaching interests lie in social ontology, theory of action, social theory, the philosophy of social science, and 20th-century continental philosophy. He is the author of four books: Social Practices (1996), The Site of the Social (2002), Martin Heidegger: Theorist of Space (2007) and The Timespace of Human Activity (2010). Ted’s reflections of his visit.
Robin Smale was visiting researcher at the DEMAND centre for three weeks in May and June 2016. He is PhD candidate at the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Robin Smale has a MSc degree in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University. His research project, titled Emerging Energy Practices in the Smart Grid, investigates the smart grid transition from a social practices and householder perspective. In collaboration with Sanneke Kloppenburg and Nick Verkade, he conducted fieldwork on the role of householders in community and domestic electricity storage in smart grids. Robin’s reflections of his visit.
Michael Stauffacher visited the Demand Centre May to July 2014. He is ad interim co-head of the chair “Natural and Social Science Interface” and core team member of the Transdisciplinarity Lab of the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zürich. His research has a problem-focus, starting from real-world problems, trying to disentangle their complexities by an integrated approach linking different disciplinary perspectives. Close interaction with societal actors is of key importance for him, both in co-designing the research and co-producing knowledge throughout the whole process.
Yolande Strengers returned as a Visiting Researcher at the Demand Centre from April to July 2016. She is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, Australia, in the school of Global Urban and Social Studies. Her research is clustered around a series of applied research projects focused on how ‘smart’ technologies are being integrated into everyday and professional life. At RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research, Yolande co-leads the Beyond Behaviour Change Research Program. She has recently published a book on ‘Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Yolande’s reflections of her previous visit in 2014. Read Yolande and fellow DEMAND visitor Mikkel’s, The temporal dynamics of being an international visiting scholar.
Nick Verkade visited the Demand Centre for three weeks during April and May 2016. He is a PhD candidate in the faculty of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. The URSES project aims to build insight into the development of domestic energy management technologies and practices. Nick focuses on the role of provider-side actors in the design of domestic energy practices. In collaboration with Sanneke Kloppenburg and Robin Smale, he conducted fieldwork on community and domestic electricity storage in smart grids. Nick’s reflections of his visit.
Anna Wanka is a post-doctoral researcher at the Research Training Group “Doing Transitions” at Goethe-University Frankfurt on the Main and Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Germany. Her research is concerned with the praxeological constitution of the life-course and life-course transitions, focusing on retirement. During her visit she will investigate how leisure – and particularly travel – practices change when people retire and what kind of infrastructures, material arrangements, discourses and symbols as well as competences and knowledge these practices draw upon. On a more general level she wants to discuss and explore how we can ‘praxeologise’ the life-course both theoretically and methodologically.
Alan Wiig is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Temple University’s Office of the Vice-Provost for Research and the Urban Apps and Maps Studios. His work examines the spatial consequences of digital technologies and the Internet, from data centers and mobile communication infrastructure to smart city policymaking, arguing that the contemporary, networked condition cannot be separated from the underlying digital connectivity that enables these new relationships. At DEMAND, he was researching the emerging social practice of charging mobile devices in public (smartphones, laptops, etc.) and the response of transportation providers to this demand for plugs and energy. Alan’s reflections of his visit.