Claire Brown

PhD Researcher

My PhD research work focuses on addressing issues around heating and cooling demand in social housing in the UK. I am looking at how new-build social housing could be a potential way to reduce demand on the power grid through better design and exploring further opportunities self-generation. Exploring how commercially viable solutions might exist to allow social housing to be built with high energy performance built-in. I have previously worked in the construction industry as a Sustainability Manager, the public sector as an Energy manager and as a Senior Consultant. I also have an interest in management systems and how these can play a part in improving environmental performance across businesses. As well as my PhD research I am a Teaching Fellow to Level 6 and Level 7 students, where my focus is on housing, energy and sustainability issues and how society can implement change to support global aims such as the Paris Agreement for carbon emissions.