Formerly at Lancaster University
My research focuses on multi-disciplinary understandings of the interactions between ecological sustainability and human wellbeing. My work seeks to produce new insights into how different everyday practices and working patterns influence household carbon footprints, energy and water use, as well as wellbeing, and the implications for the design of policies and interventions relating to sustainable lifestyles, practices and behaviours. I take a mixed methods approach, with a focus on statistical methods.
I am currently working on the ARCC-Water project (www.arcc-water.org.uk), on a work package investigating the daily water using practices, habits and routines which contribute to household water use. The work has implications for water demand management and interventions, and for the scaling up and out of practice-based perspectives to incorporate quantitative and mixed-methods approaches.
My research interests include:
Previously, for my PhD, completed at the University of Edinburgh, I investigated the potential of policies which allow individuals to voluntarily reduce paid work, and hence levels of income and consumption, to reduce their carbon footprints. I used household expenditure data to model and estimate the potential effects on consumption patterns and total carbon emissions of different scenarios of reduced working time in the UK and Dutch populations. I developed a novel framework for designing working time policy, based on the Dutch “life course approach”, that could help reconcile reduced consumption and carbon footprints with increased wellbeing.
I have also undertaken research for the Scottish Government to investigate the potential of product ecodesign to contribute to waste reduction in Scotland, producing a discussion paper for their 2009 Zero Waste strategy consultation.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Journal article