Michelle Shipworth

Michelle Shipworth

Lecturer in Energy & Social Sciences

Michelle Shipworth

Lecturer in Energy & Social Sciences
UCL Energy Institute
m.shipworth@ucl.ac.uk

Biography

Michelle studies the human dimension of home energy use: behaviours, social influences and the interaction of these with technologies and buildings.

Michelle is an invited UK country expert on the International Energy Agency’s Demand Side Management Task XXIV (Behaviour Change) and provides expert advice to the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change, Communities and Local Government, the Central Office of Information and English Heritage. This advice focuses on behaviour change and strategies for reducing home energy use. She is on the Advisory Committee of the Global Cool Foundation – an innovative climate change charity. Her report Motivating Home Energy Action: a handbook of what works – for the Australian Greenhouse Office in 2000 – strongly influenced the direction of Australia’s ‘Cool Communities’ greenhouse reduction programme and is cited by the IEA’s Demand-Side Management Programme, UNEP and by a working group to the IPCC. Prior to moving into academia, Michelle worked in the Australian Government’s overseas aid program, managing scholarships of students from developing countries. Michelle is Director of Ethics, UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources.

Research Summary

Michelle conceived and directed the first English survey of home energy use, developing the survey instruments in close collaboration with technical colleagues on the Carbon Reduction in Buildings research consortium. The survey instrument was also used in the OFGEM/DECC Energy Demand Reduction Pilot (“smart metering”) trials of energy feedback devices. Michelle continues to analyse this rich dataset together with colleagues and students.

Projects

W8UP11 – Understanding Ventilation in Occupied Case Study Dwellings with System 1 Ventilation Strategy (Trickle Vents and Mechanical Extract Fans)

W7UP8 Flexibility of morning heating demand in UK homes

W5UP6 – How can internal temperature data be used to determine whether households are zoning?

W5UP6 – How can internal temperature data be used to determine whether households are zoning?

W6UP5 – Life in the gap: how does a construction company respond to the challenge of targets for energy and carbon in-use?

W6UP1 – Setting energy targets in context: a case study in the construction industry

W6UP1 – Setting energy targets in context: a case study in the construction industry

W2UP8 – Are shared lighting controls in an open-plan office a potential source of conflict?

W2UP8 – Are shared lighting controls in an open-plan office a potential source of conflict?

W2UP1 – Investigating occupant’s perception of the functionality of the heating and cooling system and the usability of its controls

W2UP17 – Can Central Heating Installers Influence Householders’ Habitual Space Heating Practices?

W2UP17 – Can Central Heating Installers Influence Householders’ Habitual Space Heating Practices?

W2LP11 – Picturing the invisible – what is the impact of thermal imaging on householder intentions to install thermal efficiency measures?

W2LP11 – Picturing the invisible – what is the impact of thermal imaging on householder intentions to install thermal efficiency measures?

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