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Dr Aimee Ambrose

Job title: 
Senior Research Fellow, BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Phone 0114 225 6297
E-mail a.ambrose@shu.ac.uk

Aimee Ambrose is a Senior Research Fellow at CRESR where she has worked for the seven years. During this time Aimee has worked on a diverse range of research projects in the fields of environmental sustainability, housing, energy, immigration, welfare reform and the voluntary and community sector. Aimee has a particular interest in the related areas of energy policy, energy infrastructure, sustainable housing and housing modernisation and has authored many peer reviewed publications on these topics. Since 2012 Aimee has acted as an Expert Advisor to the International Energy Agency in relation to Demand Side Management and changing energy behavior.

Over the last two years, Aimee has directed a series of research projects relating to various energy policies and interventions including two evaluations for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Aimee also has a keen interest in approaches to improving standards of energy performance in private rented housing and has undertaken several projects in this area. Most notably, in early 2015 she undertook a visiting fellowship at the University of Otago in New Zealand where she conducted research into private landlords’ attitudes towards energy efficiency. This programme of work remains ongoing and she has recently secured a grant from the Eaga Charitable Trust to research tenants’ attitudes towards energy efficiency in the private rented sector. In recent years, she also managed a major evaluation of a housing modernisation programme, the largest of its kind in the UK, to a successful conclusion and an ESRC funded study exploring user perspectives in low energy housing.

She is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Research interests

  • environmentally sustainable housing design
  • housing modernisation
  • social housing
  • housing led regeneration
  • welfare reform
  • community resilience
  • alternative research methods
  • voluntary and community sector led regeneration.

Current research projects

2016 Research in affordability initiatives for the Consumer Council for Water. Role: Project Director.

2016-2018 Reaching the hardest to reach: engaging vulnerable and hard to reach groups in energy advice and support. Role: Project Director.  

2015 Research into tenancy failure amongst social housing tenants aged under 35, Hyde Housing Group and partners. Role: Research Manager.

2015-2017 Evaluation of the Wigan Deal for Warmth programme. Wigan Council. Role: Project Director.

2015-2016 Energy efficiency in the private rented sector: what tenants really think. Eaga Charitable Trust. Role: Project Director.

2014 Evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network, Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Role: Project Director.

2013-19 Evaluation and Learning Contract for the Big Lottery Fund Talent Match Programme, Big Lottery Fund. Role: Member of research team.

2013-14 Process evaluation of the Low Carbon Pioneer Cities Heat Networks Project, Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Role: Project Director.

2013 Landmark Art and Community Resilience. Role: Project Director.

2012-13 User perspectives in low energy housing, The Economic and Social Research Council. Role: Project Director.

2012-13 Preparing for the Green Deal, Rotherham MBC. Role: Member of research team.

2012-14 Research into the Impact of the Economic Downturn and the Rebalancing of Northern Ireland's Economy on its Neighbourhoods, Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

2012-14 Monitoring of the direct payments in the social rented demonstration projects, Department for Work and Pensions.

2011-14 Monitoring and evaluating the impacts of the emergency budget and spending review measures for housing benefit, Department of Work and Pensions.

2011-12 Research into the effectiveness of the EDF Energy Trust grant funding programme, Charis Grants.

Selected research reports

Ambrose, A., McCarthy, L. and Pinder, J. (2017) Energy (in) efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing - Research Summary. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., McCarthy, L. and Pinder, J. (2017) Energy (in)efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Batty, E., Eadson, W., Hickman, P. and Quinn, G. (2016) Assessment of the need for furniture provision for new NIHE tenants. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Damm, C., Foden, M., Gilbertson, J. and Pinder, J. (2016) Delivering Affordability Assistance to water customers: cross sector lessons. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

McCarthy, L., Ambrose, A., and Pinder, J. (2016) Energy (In)Efficiency: Exploring what tenants expect and endure in the private rented sector in England. Kendal: Eaga Charitable Trust.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P. and McCarthy, L. (2015) Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W., Hickman, P. and McCarthy, L. (2015) Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35: executive summary. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Pinder, J. (2015) Evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network. London: DECC.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Pinder, J. with Gilbertson, J. and O'Flaherty, F. (2015) Low Carbon Pioneer Cities Heat Networks Project: a process evaluation. London: DECC.

Dayson, C., Hickman, P., Ambrose, A., Batty, E., Bennett, E. and Muir, J. (2015) Understanding the economic contribution of the social economy at a neighbourhood level: Final Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Hickman, P., Batty, E., Dayson, C., Flint, J., Foden, M., Muir, J., Ambrose, A. and Green, S. (2015) 'Getting-by', Coping and Resilience in Difficult Times: Final Report. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Hickman, P., Dayson, C., Ambrose, A., Batty, E., Bennett, E., Flint, J., Foden, M., Green, S. and Muir, J. (2015) Summary of Key Findings. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Robinson, D., Reeve, K., Platts-Fowler, D., Green, S., Walshaw, A., Batty, E. and Bashir, N. (2013) An Evaluation of Getting on Together: The Community Cohesion Strategy for Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Dayson, C., Gilbertson, J., Morgan, G. and Walshaw, A. (2012) EDF Energy Trust Research Project. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Robinson, D., Walshaw, A., Uwimana, M., Bahati, B. Reeve, K. and Bashir, N. (2012) Evaluation of the Trans-national Resettlement Project: UK and Ireland. London: Home Office.

Wells, P., Hickman, P., Dayson, C., Walshaw, A., Batty, E., Gore, T., Green, S., Wilson, I. and O'Toole, C. (2012) Village SOS Project Evaluation. London: Big Lottery Fund.

CRESR (2011) Sustaining the benefits of capital funding: Final Report. London: The Big Lottery.

Eadson, W., Platts-Fowler, D., Robinson, D. and Walshaw, A. (2011) Community Mapping and Tension Monitoring. Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Hickman, P., Walshaw, A., Ferrari, E., Gore, T. and Wilson, I. (2011) “The Houses all Look Posh Now” - Evaluating the Impact of a Housing Improvement Programme: The Case of Portobello and Belle Vue. Wakefield: Wakefield and District Housing.

Hickman, P., Walshaw, A., Ferrari, E., Gore, T. and Wilson, I. (2011) “The Houses all Look Posh Now” - Evaluating the Impact of a Housing Improvement Programme: the Case of Portobello and Belle Vue - Key Findings and Policy Messages. Wakefield: Wakefield and District Housing.

Robinson, D. and Walshaw, A. (2011) New migration, neighbourhood effects and community change. Swindon: The Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Ferrari, E., Gore, T., Hickman, P., Platts-Fowler, D. and Walshaw, A. (2009) Portobello and Belle Vue Housing Impact Study - Third Annual Review Report - Executive Summary. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ferrari, E., Gore, T., Hickman, P. and Walshaw, A. (2009) Portobello and Belle Vue Housing Impact Study - Second Annual Review Report - Executive Summary. Sheffield: CRESR, Sheffield Hallam University.

Academic publications

Goodchild, B., Ambrose, A. and Maye-Banbury, A. (forthcoming) Storytelling as oral history: revealing the changing experiences of home heating in England. Energy Research and Social Science.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Pinder, J. (2016) The role of actor-networks in the early stage mobilisation of low carbon heat networks, Energy Policy, Volume 96, September 2016, p. 144-152.

Ambrose, A., Eadson, W. and Gilbertson, J. (2016) Editorial: PPP special issue – International Perspectives on Fuel Poverty. People, Place and Policy, 10 (1), pp. 1-4. DOI: 10.3351/ppp.0010.0001.0001

Ambrose, A. (2015) Improving energy efficiency in private rented housing: Why don’t landlords act? Indoor and Built Environment, OnlineFirst. DOI: 10.1177/1420326X15598821

Ambrose, A. and Robinson, D. (2014) Security of tenure in social housing in England. Social Policy and Society, 13 (1), pp. 1-12. DOI: 10.1017/S1474746413000183.

Goodchild, B., O’Flaherty, F. and Ambrose, A., (2014) Inside the eco-home: Using video to understand the implications of innovative housing. Housing, Theory and Society, 31 (3), pp. 334-352.

Ambrose, A. (2013) User and organisational responses to biomass district heating. Journal of Urban Design and Planning, 167 (1), pp. 35 –41.

Walshaw, A. (2012) Understanding the impact of Housing Modernisation from the Bottom Up. Journal of Urban Design and Planning, 165 (1), pp. 7-10.

Goodchild, B. and Walshaw, A. (2011) Towards zero carbon homes in England? From inception to partial implementation. Housing Studies, 26, (6), pp. 933-949.

Walshaw, A. (2011) From House to Home: Residents' Perceptions of Housing Modernisation. Journal or Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 4 (3), pp. 269-278.

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Big Lottery Fund
Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Department for Work and Pensions
Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM)
Welsh Assembly Government
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