People

Jacopo Torriti, Reading. Flexibility Theme Leader (CREDS)
Professor of Energy Economics and Policy in the School of the Built Environment, University of Reading. His areas of expertise consist of flexibility in electricity demand, Demand Side Response and Time of Use tariffs. He has authored the book Peak Energy Demand and Demand Side Response (Routledge, 2015).

Stanley Blue, Lancaster 
Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. Stanley’s research explores the relationships between everyday practice and time, the social organisation of habit and routine, and the impact of routine and everyday practice on demand for energy and travel.

Michael Greenhough, Lancaster
Michael’s PhD is on seasonalities in energy supply and demand and is linked to the Flexibility theme.  Michael started work on his PhD in October 2019.

Peter Forman, Lancaster 
Peter was a senior research associate in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University.  He is now based at Northumbria University. While at Lancaster, Peter worked on  historic flexibilities in energy demand (especially gas); and investigated fuel switching – on the Isle of Man.

Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster
Department of Sociology, Lancaster University. Elizabeth’s research on energy spans 25 years during which time she has held research awards from BRE, EU, EPSRC, ESF, ESRC, DoE, DETR, TfL, and Unilever.  She is author/co-author of 9 books, including Sustainable Practice (2013: Routledge) The Dynamics of Social Practice (2012: Sage), and Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience (2003: Berg).

Stefan Smith, Reading
Lecturer in Energy Systems and the Built Environment, School of the Built Environment, University of Reading. Stefán’s research is focused on the interplay between energy use and urban environments – addressing questions on energy system dynamics, demand, and associated environmental impacts. He has contributed to books on “Demanding Energy: Space, Time and Change” and “Sustainable Future in the Built Environment to 2050” and has held research awards from EPSRC, NERC and Climate-KiC.

Jose Luis Ramirez-Mendiola, Reading
Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Flexibility in Energy Demand, University of Reading. Jose’s work focuses on the analysis of the temporal dynamics of energy consumption patterns in relation to people’s engagement in the different activities that encompass their everyday lives. His research addresses relevant questions through modelling tools which aims to improve our understanding of how energy demand is bound up with the rhythm of society and what people do, and assessing interventions aimed at reducing demand peaks and increasing flexibility in the timing of energy demand.
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Samuele Lo Piano, Reading
Postdoctoral Research Fellow on Flexibility in Energy Demand, University of Reading. Samuele’s research in CREDS encompasses:

  1. the modelling of energy demand in Greater London;
  2. taking stock of the literature produced on flexibility in energy demand and its technological and social dimensions.

Samuele’s research interest include modelling in the field of energy and sustainability. He is also interested in (epistemic and stochastic) uncertainty appraisal, modelling and knowledge quality assessment, ethics of quantification as well as sensitivity analysis. He is particularly interested in applying these frameworks at the science-governance interface as per the overarching post-normal-science approach.
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