I currently work as a Senior Research Associate in the DEMAND Centre, based within the department of Sociology at Lancaster University. My main project investigates the changing roles of digital devices and services in everyday life and the implications for patterns of energy demand and energy policy. I also work to draw together and communicate some of the most important insights that the Centre is generating.
Empirically, much of my work is interdisciplinary and collaborative. I have experimented with innovative combinations of methods, including using fine-grained energy and environmental sensor data alongside interviews and time diaries. My PhD, also at Lancaster University, was based in the School of Computing and Communications and the department of Sociology, and explored how to make sense of variations in cooking, computing and thermal comfort-related practices and energy use.
I supervise one PhD student, have taught on a human geography programme, and have also studied environmental philosophy and psychology. Before returning to academia, I worked in local government on sustainable development issues, and as a research consultant and project manager at a technology company.