Claire Hoolohan

University of Manchester

Senior researcher


Claire recently completed a PhD focussed on designing innovative demand management strategies for the UK water sector. Synthesising insights from critical research, consumer intelligence, and the experiences of professionals working in demand management the research developed an understanding of the current and future potential for water efficiency strategies that engage with social and material context of water use to elicit deep changes to the ways in which water is integrated in everyday life.
Alongside her PhD Claire is a Research Associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, Manchester. The research takes a multidisciplinary approach to understand the consumer context of energy demand in food supply changes as part of research project at CSEF (Centre for Sustainable Energy in Food supply chains). 

Prior to obtaining her PhD, Claire Hoolohan worked as a sustainability consultant providing research and expertise to clients such as Greater Manchester and West Sussex County Councils, the Lake District National Park Authority, the Eden Project and Booths’ supermarkets. Her specialisms include developing greenhouse gas emissions estimates and mitigation strategies; periodic monitoring processes; mapping the impacts of global food supply chains at a supermarket level; and developing management strategies with a focus on diets, demand and consumer behaviour.•  
Recent publications:

Claire Hoolohan (2016) Reframing water efficiency: Designing approaches that reconfigure the shared and collective aspects of everyday water use. PhD Summary available online:

Hoolohan & Browne (2016) Reframing water efficiency: determining collective approaches to change water use in the home. British Journal of Environment and Climate Change.

Hoolohan (2015) Innovative behaviour change strategies for water efficiency in the UK. Proceedings of the Water Efficiency Network April 2015. 

Hoolohan, McLachlan, Mander, (2016) Trends and drivers of end-use energy demand and the implications for managing energy in food supply chains: Sustainable Production and Consumption

Maria Sharmina, Claire Hoolohan, et al. (2016) A nexus perspective on competing land demands: Wider lessons from a UK policy case study. Environmental Science & Policy.

Hoolohan (2016) Designing approaches to engage with the collective context of domestic water use Conference Paper, WATEFCON 2016, September 2016, Coventry, UK

Hoolohan & Browne (2016) On the practices of managing demand in the UK water industry management. Conference Paper, DEMAND Centre Conference, Lancaster, 13-15 April 2016;

Hoolohan & McLachlan (2015) Consumers and energy demand in food supply chains: Synthesising insights from the social sciences Conference Paper, 143rd Joint EAAE/AAEA Seminar, March 25-27, 2015, Naples, Italy

Hoolohan, Berners-Lee, McKinstry-West, Hewitt (2013) Mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions embodied in food through realistic consumer choices. Energy Policy. 

Hoolohan, Berners-Lee, Cammack, Hewitt (2012) The relative greenhouse gas impacts of realistic dietary choices. Energy Policy.