My research interests lie within social, economic and environmental psychology focusing primarily on perceptions, social interactions (particularly cooperation) and behaviour. I'm often very applied in my research, particularly using this to explore current perceptions of topical risk issues. In particular, I am involved in research on climate change and energy issues, examining related public perceptions, issues of acceptance, and behaviour.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Strathclyde University and my PhD at the University of Nottingham. Subsequently, I held postdoctoral positions at the University of Nottingham and Cardiff University before returning to Nottingham as a permanent member of staff in 2010. I retain strong links with the Understanding Risk Research group at Cardiff University.
Our latest paper on increasing energy efficiency in the workplace is now out in Buildings Research and Information and describes our trial of the e-Genie tool we have developed. The e-Genie tool is an energy feedback system created by within the C-tech project by myself and collaborators at the University of Nottingham, and UCL in conjunction with the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Its aim is to engage staff with energy data and support them to take action to reduce energy use.
We are pleased to note that the a field study using e-Genie to promote energy conservation carried out at Nottinghamshire County Council offices noted a 25% decrease in energy use in the 2 week period after e-Genie was installed with reductions continuing over time, with a 37% reduction observed after 6 weeks, compared to baseline use. Convergent pre- and post survey work indicated that most behaviour changes were observed in social energy behaviour, in the way that people were prepared to discuss and suggest changes in energy use.
Phil Keynes, Team Manager at Nottinghamshire County Council was involved in the project and said: ‘’e-Genie proved a really useful and visual way of positively engaging staff in facilities and energy management. It helped our staff to understand the complexities of maintaining comfort levels throughout the building and generated some great ideas for improvement.’’
A bit of press coverage too, see one of the articles here
C-tech (Creating the Energy for Change) project launch
The Creating the energy for Change (C-tech) project is a 5 year EPSRC project focusing on engaging and supporting people in workplace environments to cooperate in saving energy. We joined forces with TEDDINET in developing a symposium on non-domestic energy research to bring researchers and stakeholders together in this field in order to launch our findings and discuss relevant current and future issues in this space. This event took place at the Digital Catapult in London on Monday 26th June, see event details here. Our final project report can be accessed here. The symposium brought together more than 40 researchers, industry stakeholders, ngos, and policy-makers to share their experiences of energy and sustainability in non-domestic buildings, and to reflect on the contributions of the C-tech project.
Horizon Energy Research
Check out our video overviews of our energy research at Horizon.