Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs

Lecturer in Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs is a Lecturer in Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, UK. She is an interdisciplinary energy researcher interested in how ‘normal’ expectations of home are becoming increasingly energy demanding. Much of her work aims to bring the wealth of scholarship on the meaning and making of home into energy debates and she is best known for her publication ‘Home-ing in on domestic energy research: ‘house,’ ‘home’ and the importance of ontology’.

She is currently working on a Carnegie Trust funded project ‘Is Bigger Better? Comparing Expectations and Experiences of House Size in the UK and Australia’ which builds on her PhD work exploring the meaning of ‘home comfort’ with occupants of zero-carbon homes in Scotland, UK.

Towards the end of her PhD, Katherine contributed to Dr. Louise Reid’s ESRC funded research on energy prosumption, investigating householder’s experiences of installing and living with microgeneration technologies in the UK and the Netherlands. She defended her PhD from the University of St Andrews in July 2016 and has held her post as Lecturer at the same institution since the beginning of 2017.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, University of St Andrews
  • 2015–2017
    Research Fellow, University of St Andrews


  • 2017 
    University of St Andrews, PhD in Sustainable Development
  • 2012 
    University of St Andrews, BSc 1st Class Honours