CRESR Seminar - Energy efficiency and fuel poverty through the Energy Cultures lens

Start date: 
Mon, 05/09/2016
Closing date: 
Mon, 05/09/2016
Sheffield Hallam University, City Campus, Stoddart Building, Room 7139
Event contact: 
Ian Wilson & Will Eadson

Time: 1.30-2.30 pm

Janet Stephenson, University of Otago


The concept of energy cultures offers an actor-centred and contextual perspective on energy behaviour. It invites consideration of the heterogeneity of energy behaviours amongst households, the external factors that promote stasis and change, and options for policy interventions. Using examples of applications of the framework in New Zealand, I introduce the framework and illustrate some of its applications, with a particular focus on changing household energy cultures, and issues faced by tenants in the private rental sector.


Dr Stephenson is the Director of Centre for Sustainability at University of Otago, a research centre specialising in interdisciplinary research. Dr Stephenson is a social scientist with a strong interest in socio-technical transitions and societal responses to environmental challenges. She leads the Energy Cultures research programme which examines energy and mobility behaviours in households and businesses, and opportunities to stimulate change. She is also an associate investigator in the GREEN Grid research programme, examining the implications of changing consumer expectations and technology uptake for the future management of the electricity grid. She chairs the National Energy Research Institute and the Smart Grid Forum.

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