Who we are

  • Jan Webb is Principal Investigator for the Heat and the City Project and Professor of Sociology of Organisations at the University of Edinburgh. Jan's research is about transitions to sustainable living in cities. She is particularly interested in local energy governance and organisation (lego) for low carbon heating and urban heat networks. She is studying interactions between local communities, energy businesses, financial investors and governments. Related work concerns climate change governance and civil society, and health-improving, sustainable health services. She is a member of the Scottish Government's Expert Commission on District Heating. She has a background in business and management studies and social psychology, as well as sociology. She has held research funding from ESRC, EPSRC, DTI, EOC, British Council and the University Grants Committee. Her first full-time job was as manager of a housing insulation programme, where she learned the full range of skills from human resource management to double-entry book-keeping, materials procurement, van-driving and loft insulation.
  • Dave Hawkey is a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Dave has been working at the University of Edinburgh since 2009 when he joined the North Sea Sustainable Energy Planning project, a collaboration between local and regional authorities, academics and green networks in the North Sea region, supported by ERDF INTERREG IVb. In 2009-10 he also worked as an energy and carbon analyst at the Scottish Government, focusing on energy efficiency in the domestic sector, and helped develop the DEMScot model. In 2009 Dave wrote a dissertation on the prospects for district heating in the UK as part of an MSc (distinction) in Environmental Sustainability.
  • Richard Bellingham is a Senior Research Fellow at the Fraser of Allander Institute in the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He specialises in energy policy, sustainable cities, and sustainable energy issues. He was programme manager for Sustainable Glasgow Initiative and wrote the report published in January 2010 (see www.sustainableglasgow.org.uk). The Sustainable Glasgow Initiative, a partnership between the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow City Council, and a range of major public and commercial partners, is assisting the holistic development of low-carbon energy systems for homes, businesses and transport systems and aims to make Glasgow one of Europe’s most sustainable cities within 10 years. Richard is currently leading development of business and investment models for implementation of the Sustainable Glasgow Initiative.
    Richard is on secondment from the Scottish Government where he was Head of Energy Policy, and has experience in policy areas across government including as Head of Corporate IS Strategy, and Head of e-Government policy. He has also served on committees including the UK Coal Forum; the advisory board for the UK Energy Research Council; and the steering committee for the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage Study. He also facilitates the work of the Strathclyde Energy Research Forum. In addition, Richard runs research programmes for government and commercial organisations on attitudes and behaviours in relation to energy, and how these link to the development of secure low carbon energy futures; and on the economics of new low carbon energy generation systems in different world markets.
  • Andy Kerr is Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, dedicated to creating a low carbon economy. He has been working at the University of Edinburgh since 2008, having spent the previous few years working in the private sector. He is also Director of E3 International, an environmental company which works with major corporations and non-governmental organisations to support their responses to the shift in environmental regulation - from traditional command and control measures to more subtle, more complex and more sophisticated approaches often characterised by market-based instruments and mechanisms. Previously, he worked for Greenergy, a biofuels company, setting up a used-cooking oil biodiesel supply chain, and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management. He obtained his doctorate in climate change from the University of Edinburgh, examining the stability of the Antarctic ice sheet.
  • Heather Lovell is a Lecturer in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change in the School of GeoSciences in the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests centre on policy change and technology innovation in response to climate change, intersecting existing bodies of work on environmental policy and science and technology studies. To date my research has concentrated on the role of pioneering UK low energy housing developments in facilitating widespread change in the housing sector, and more recently carbon offsets, carbon markets and carbon accounting. Prior to taking up her current post she has worked at the University of Technology, Sydney, in UK Parliament on an ESRC Fellowship, and at Durham and Oxford Universities.
  • David McCrone is Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Governance, which he helped to set up in 1998. His recent research has been on issues of national identity and nationalism, and he directed the multi-disciplinary research programme on National Identity and Constitutional Change, funded by The Leverhulme Trust between 1999 and 2005, and its successor programme National Identity, Citizenship and Social Inclusion (2005-11). He began his academic career as an urban sociologist, taking a postgraduate degree in urban planning. He will help to carry out interviews with households, community groups and communities of interest, as well as leading analysis of urban politics and multi-level governance.
  • Mark Winskel is a Research Fellow in Energy Policy, Low Carbon Innovation and Socio-technical System Change at the Institute for Energy Systems, University of Edinburgh, and is Research Co-ordinator for the UK Energy Research Centre. He is interested in the dynamics of innovation in energy systems, especially the relationships between policy, investment and learning. More specifically, he is interested in applying tools and research methods from applied social sciences (especially innovation studies) to low carbon innovation, especially low carbon energy supply technologies. This includes, for example, using technology innovation systems theories, and also other socio-technical systems understandings of change, such as transitions theory. Mark chaired UK Energy Research Centre's 'Energy 2050' Supply working group, which examined the prospects for accelerated development of several different emerging low carbon energy supply technologies.

Tragically, Stewart Russell, Co-Investigator on the project, passed away on the 17th of September 2011 after struggling with a life threatening illness since February. He will be greatly missed.


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