Recent steering group memberships

- Transforming the UK Energy System: Public Values, Attitudes and Acceptability- this project, led by the University of Cardiff's Understanding Risk Group, looked at what vision of a 2050 energy system is acceptable to the public.


- Community outreach and the Green Deal- this action research project, led by Groundwork, explored whether community action will encourage the uptake of home energy efficiency measures.

 

Recent work

Sustainable Development Research Network Conference
I ran the 2013 SDRN Conference on behalf of the Policy Studies Institute. The theme was whether we are on track for meeting the UK's various sustainability targets and if not what research could help get us there.


Communicating on home energy

Following my report Neither sermons nor silence: the case for national communications on home energy use I worked with social enterprise, Behaviour Change, to explore through qualitative and quantiative research what national communications on home energy use might look like.


Smart grids, appliances and people

I worked with Sustainability First to look at what lessons can be learnt from recruitment of customers to the Ofgem funded Customer Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project which explored the uptake of low carbon technology, innovative tariffs, demand respons and its effect on the local network.


Water efficiency in schools

As part of the Geography Collective, who run the innovative project Mission:Explore, I worked with Thames Water to explore how Mission:Explore's interactive methods could engage children with water efficiency.


Work 2012-13

Towering Ambitions
This project funded by the City Bridge Trust and run by Green Alliance worked with residents in three tower blocks in London, exploring what is needed to enable them to live more sustainable lives. We produced two documents: a toolkit aimed at residents and a policy report.


Communicating on energy saving
In May 2012 I authored Neither sermons nor silence: the case for national communications on energy use looking at how government should communicate on the various programmes it is bringing out on energy demand reduction. This paper was launched at an event with Greg Barker MP, Minister for Climate Change at DECC. In June I authored Smarter communications: strengthening consumer engagement on smart meters which looked at how the central delivery body could best communicate on the roll out of smart meters.


 The Green Deal, consumers and energy efficiency
I worked with the development team at the environmental regeneration charity, Groundwork and the creative team at Arnold KLP, exploring how consumers might be both encouraged to uptake the Green Deal and reduce their habitual energy use through the Green Deal process.

 


Prior to 2012

Green living theme
Until December 2011 I was a Senior Policy Adviser at Green Alliance in charge of their flagship Green living theme on environmental behaviour change. I conceived, set up and developed this strand of work, fundraised over £500,000 to support it and recruited six high-profile partners. Under this programme of work I have written extensively on green living issues; co-authored Green Alliance's influential From Hot Air to Happy Endings and Bringing it home reports; managed the creation of five short films; led high-level advocacy particularly on energy efficiency; arranged events and workshops, including a debate with Oliver Letwin MP, and founded Green Alliance's blog. 

David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Commitee on Climate Change said of my report Bringing it home:

"A very rigorous assessment of the evidence on household behaviour and implications for design of policies to improve energy efficiency. It is essential reading for anyone working in this area."


Climate and energy theme
I set up the first Climate and Energy theme of work at Green Alliance. My research, advocacy and events programme in 2008-09 into the government's transport decision making led, in spring 2011, to a reform of government appraisal of transport proposals to ensure the benefits of low carbon are fully recognised. My work on sustainable heat in 2006-7 helped lead to the government's first strategy on renewable heat and the introduction of the renewable heat incentive in 2011. 

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Better Transport said of my work on transport appraisals:

"Green Alliance's work on reforming the economic appraisal of transport schemes produced real results, leading to a new 'transport business case' framework from the Department for Transport which included many of the reforms we called for." 


Baring Foundation Big Response project
Joint with NCVO and Global Action Plan I won Baring Foundation funding to run an interactive stakeholder programme with four non-environmental NGOs engaging them with climate change. The project, named the Big Response, was a series of workshops and individual sessions with RNIB, Help the Elderley, Equinox Social Care and the British Red Cross helping them to think about how climate change might affect their beneficiaries and therefore how they should encorporate responding to climate change as part of their organisational strategies. A final report of the project can be found here. 


We will if you will
I sat on the steering group and led on policy asks for this intiative that was set up by Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and led by Ian Cheshire of B&Q and Fiona Reynolds of the National Trust. The first campaign run under this umbrella was the award-winning eat seasonably campaign encouraging people to grow their own fruit and vegetables and eat in season. The original idea was to have six campaigns, but due to the change of government, central government support was dropped from the project and it didn't continue.


Climate change and BBC News
I was the Environment and Transport Analyst for BBC News, providing briefings and advice on content and interviewees to all news oulets and programmes. Whilst at the BBC I developed the first climate-change internal micro-site, was an expert adviser on its first special on global warming, helped produce the 2005 election night programme on Radio 4 and edited two comprehensive guides on the political year. 


Evaluation for Action on Armed Violence
On a sabbatical from my work at Green Alliance I went to work out in Liberia. I successfully carried out a country-wide evaluation of a social project working with ex-combatants from the civil war to rehabilitate them back into village life. I managed a team of eight researchers and designed and executed the evaluation procedure under difficult practical and security conditions.