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Principal Investigator: Dr Louise Reid

I am a social scientist interested in what and why people do what they do, and the impact of these activities on the environment. As a human geographer, I explore how these activities are organised across time and space with a focus on the everyday domestic setting.

I am currently based at the University of St Andrews in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development where I contribute to the very successful MA/BSc Sustainable Development, MA/BSc Geography, and MSc/MRes Sustainable Development programmes. I am also deputy director of the Centre for Housing Research (CHR). For more information about my research and teaching activities, see here.

I moved to St Andrews from the University of Aberdeen in 2010, initially taking up a research fellowship with CHR, before moving into a Lectureship in 2011. I completed my PhD in 2010 and also have an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development (2004) and an MA (Hons) in Environmental Geography (2003).

Please get in touch with me if you have any questions.


Twitter: @louannreid


Co-Investigator: Dr Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs

I am a Lecturer in Sustainable Development interested in energy, home and everyday life. I have been working for the Centre of Housing Research alongside Louise since October 2015 to develop research around energy prosumption, netnography (in sustainable consumption scholarship), and low-carbon living.

I have an undergraduate degree and PhD in Sustainable Development, both from the University of St Andrews. My PhD research centred on domestic energy and low-carbon living; investigating how lifestyle expectations influence, and are influenced, by the physical features of the home. This approach is informed by a growing body of literature on social practice theory and the importance of a socio-technical perspective. Thus, my research moves away from ideas of behaviour change, informed by social-psychology, to thinking more broadly about what energy is for, and in particular asking what comfort means in Scottish homes. Indeed, the meaning of comfort has become an important concept in order to critique the dominant techno-economic approach to meeting demand, yet this is mainly focused on thermal comfort and no research in this context has aimed to empirically study this concept. Thus, my research employed qualitative methods to ask about the meaning of comfort, including the use of household interviews, house tours and drawings. The research was based on speaking to residents of ‘low-carbon’ homes in Fife, Scotland.

For more details about my research interests click here or send me a message!


Twitter: @Ellsworth_Krebs


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