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Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs

Chancellor's Fellow in Sustainable Design, University of Strathclyde

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs is a Chancellor's Fellow in Sustainable Design at the University of Strathclyde, UK.

She is an interdisciplinary researcher at the intersection of environmental sustainability, energy demand, design, and lifestyle change. Currently she is focused on working with organisations to develop new ways to intervene in environmental sustainability issues (e.g. reduce waste, carbon footprint, and energy demand) to create a ‘culture of sustainability’ which is mainstreamed into communities’ everyday life.

Her previous work has also centred on 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 recently finished working on a Carnegie Trust funded project ‘Is Bigger Better? Comparing Expectations and Experiences of House Size in the UK and Australia’ which built on her PhD work exploring the meaning of ‘home comfort’ with occupants of zero-carbon homes in Scotland, UK.


  • 2020–present
    Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University
  • 2017–2020
    Lecturer in Sustainable Development, 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