I hold an MSc in Urban and Regional Planning and a PhD in domestic energy efficiency. I have published over 50 research reports and papers on issues relating to domestic energy efficiency and fuel poverty. I am also an architectural enthusiast and have written in defence of Brutalist architecture and am a strong advocate of the urgent need to replace our ageing housing stock with purpose built low energy homes fit for C21st living.
I am a Professor of Energy Policy at the leading UK policy research centre The Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) which sits within Sheffield Hallam University. I have worked as a researcher at the centre for the past 13 years and during this time I've worked on a diverse range of research and evaluation projects in the fields of environmental sustainability, housing, housing modernisation, energy, immigration, welfare reform and the voluntary and community sector. I have a particular interest in the related areas of energy policy, energy infrastructure, environmentally sustainable housing and fuel poverty and I am the author of 11 peer reviewed journal publications on these topics.
In recent years I have become immersed in the debate about how to drive up standards of energy performance in private rented housing. The private rented sector is the least energy efficient tenure in the UK and at the same time houses a larger proportion of our most vulnerable households than any other sector. The experiences of private rented sector tenants with regards to energy efficiency is under researched and we also know very little about why landlords' so seldom invest in improving the energy performance of their properties. Over the last four years I have set about researching the so-called private rented sector problem with the aim of better understanding both landlords and tenants perspectives on this stubborn policy problem. In early 2015 I undertook a visiting fellowship at the University of Otago in New Zealand where I conducted research into private landlords’ attitudes towards energy efficiency. New Zealand is home to the least energy efficient housing stock in the developed world, so provided the perfect case study.
In 2015, I worked with colleagues at the Universities of Sheffield and Salford to establish a new learned society for the producers and users of fuel poverty research called the Fuel Poverty Research Network (the FPRN). The network promotes the dissemination of cutting edge research and intelligence on all aspects of fuel poverty and promotes collaboration between members. We now have well over 100 members and the network is going international, attracting membership in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries. Anyone with an interest or a role in understanding, alleviating and eradicating fuel poverty can join.
Some of my most recent research publications are listed below and can be accessed via the CRESR website: http://www4.shu.ac.uk/research/cresr/