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Dr Rebecca Ford

Researcher and Programme Manager, The Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy

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Dr Rebecca Ford is a researcher in Energy at the Environmental Change Institute, where she manages the Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy, and leads the Living Lab initiative at the University that aims to support the University to reduce carbon emissions by 33% by 2020.

Rebecca is a multi-disciplinary scholar, whose research focuses on energy challenges and transitions toward a sustainable future, the role of different agents in creating change, and the implications and opportunities for new business models, existing and new infrastructure, and shifts in societal energy culture. She is interested in how people interact with energy systems, and how social science and technological insights can be co-developed to better inform policy related to resource efficiency, carbon emissions, energy development and energy resilience.

Before moving back to the UK, Rebecca served as Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where she led the demand side research stream of a multi-institutional research project on Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid. Her past work has enabled Rebecca to simultaneously develop expertise in conducting quality research and in leading and managing large scale and multidisciplinary research projects, which she has successfully delivered for both industry and government organisations. Rebecca has a a Master’s degree and DPhil in Engineering from the University of Oxford.


Recent work

Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy (2016-current)

A multi-disciplinary programme exploring the social, technical, market, and policy requirements for integrating renewables across a wide range of scales and contexts.

Oxford University Living Lab (2016-current)

Project to develop a living lab at the University of Oxford to (1) support the University’s transition toward a sustainable, resilient and low-carbon campus; (2) facilitate world-class research; (3) guide and improve practice, and; (4) enhance real-world learning.

Home Energy Management (2014-current)

Programme of research working with Pacific Gas and Electric exploring the evolving smart home and energy management market, the technological capabilities of the products and systems, and consumers’ attitudes and perceptions toward these technologies.

Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid (2012-2016)

A multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional project using modelling of future trends in renewable electricity generation and household demand, together with in depth knowledge of electricity networks and power management, to ensure that New Zealanders have access to reliable, safe, and affordable renewable energy.

Lighting Vanuatu (2012-2014)

This project explored the rapid transition from kerosene to solar LED lighting in Vanuatu, evaluating the environmental impact of solar and kerosene, the cultural shift associated with the transition from kerosene to solar, and the economic impact on the local communities.


Awards and Fellowships

  • 2010, 2014 Stanford University Precourt Energy Efficiency Fellowship.
  • 2006-2009 UK EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) DPhil Studentship, University of Oxford.
  • 2006 Biomedical Engineering Prize, University of Oxford.
  • 2003-2003 Fozmula Bursary and Scholarship in Engineering Science, Trinity College, Oxford.

Publications

2016
  • Ford, R., Karlin, B. and McPherson Frantz, C. (2016) Evaluating Energy Culture: Identifying and validating measures for behaviour-based energy interventions. 2016 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Amsterdam.
  • Ford, R., Karlin, B., Sanguinetti, A., Nersesyan, A. and Pritoni, M. (2016) Assessing Players, Products, and Perceptions of Home Energy Management. Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).
  • Ford, R., Stephenson, J., and McCulloch, M. (2016) Collective prosumerism, smart grids, and demand flexibility. BEHAVE, 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Coimbra, 8-9 September 2016.
  • Ford, R., Walton, S., Stephenson, J., Rees, D., Scott, M., King, G., Williams, J. and Wooliscroft, B. (2016) Emerging energy transitions: PV uptake beyond subsidies. Technological Forecasting and Social Change.
  • Karlin, B., Kaufman, J., Lupkin, L., and Ford, R. (2016) Empowering energy action: A theoretical model and implications for programmes. BEHAVE, 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Coimbra, 8-9 September 2016.
  • Scott, M.G., McCarthy, A., Ford, R., Stephenson, J., and Gorrie, S. (2016) Evaluating the impact of energy interventions: home audits vs. community events. Energy Efficiency, 9(6): 1221-1240.
2015

Karlin, B., Zinger, J. F., & Ford, R. (2015). The effects of feedback on energy conservation: A meta-analysis. Psychological bulletin, 141(6), 1205.

Karlin, B., Ford, R. & McPherson Frantz, C. (2015) Exploring Deep Savings: A Toolkit for Assessing Behavior-Based Energy Interventions. In 2015 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Long Beach, CA.

Karlin, B., Ford, R., Nasser, V., Wu, A., & McPherson Frantz, C. (2015). What Do We Know About What We Know? A Review of Behaviour-Based Energy Efficiency Data Collection Methodology. Report prepared for the International Energy Agency Energy Technology Initiative on Demand Side Management Technologies and Programmes.

Karlin, B., Ford, R., Sanguinetti, A., Squiers, C., Gannon, J., Rajukumar, M., & Donnelly, K. A. (2015). Characterization and Potential of Home Energy Management (HEM) Technology. San Francisco, CA: Pacific Gas and Electric.

Ford, R., Stephenson, J., Scott, M., Williams, J., Rees, D., & Wooliscroft, B. (2015). Keen on EVs: Kiwi perspectives on electric vehicles, and opportunities to stimulate uptake. Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago. ISBN 978-0-9941219-6-7.

2014

Ford, R., Stephenson, J., Scott, M., Williams, J., Wooliscroft, B., King, G., & Miller, A. (2014). Photovoltaic (PV) Uptake in NZ: The story so far. Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago. ISBN 978-0-473-29925-5.

King, G., Stephenson, J., & Ford, R. (2014). PV in Blueskin: Drivers, barriers and enablers of uptake of household photovoltaic systems in the Blueskin communities, Otago, New Zealand. Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. ISBN 978-0-473-29447-2.

Ford, R., Sumavsk, O., Clarke, A., & Thorsnes, P. (2014). Personalized Energy Priorities: A User-Centric Application for Energy Advice. In Design, User Experience, and Usability. User Experience Design for Everyday Life Applications and Services (pp. 542-553). Springer International Publishing.

Ford, R., Penn, J., Liu, Y. C., Nixon, K., Cronje, W., & McCulloch, M. (2014). User-Centred Design of an Audio Feedback System for Power Demand Management. In Design, User Experience, and Usability. User Experience Design for Everyday Life Applications and Services (pp. 530-541). Springer International Publishing.

Ford, R., Doering, A., & Stephenson, J. (2014). Transport Transitions in New Zealand: A scoping study. Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago. ISBN 9-780-473-27690-4.

Ford, R., Stephenson, J., Brown, N., & Stiehler, W. (2014). Energy Transitions: Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS). Centre for Sustainability. ISBN 978-0-473-27692-8; 978-0-473-27691-1.

Swete-Kelly, D., Walton, S., Ford, R., Doering, A., & Gabriel, C (2014). Lighting Vanuatu – Independent Evaluation Plan. Report for AusAID as part of the Independent Completion review of AusAID’s Lighting Vanuatu project.

Karlin, B., Ford, R. & Squiers, C. (2014). Energy Feedback Technology: A Review and Taxonomy of Products and Platforms. Energy Efficiency, 7(3), 377-399. DOI: 10.1177/0013916512467532.

2013

Ford, R., McCulloch, M., Helfer, T., & Surrall, S. (2013). Suricatta: A platform to model smart grid technologies in the distribution system. In Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Europe (ISGT EUROPE), 2013 4th IEEE/PES (pp. 1-5). IEEE.

Ford, R., & Karlin, B. (2013). Graphical displays in eco-feedback: a cognitive approach. In Design, User Experience, and Usability. Web, Mobile, and Product Design (pp. 486-495). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Karlin, B., & Ford, R. (2013). The Usability Perception Scale (UPscale): A measure for evaluating feedback displays. In Design, User Experience, and Usability. Design Philosophy, Methods, and Tools (pp. 312-321). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

2010

Ford, R. (2010). Reducing Domestic Energy Through Behaviour Modification. D.Phil Thesis, Engineering Department, University of Oxford.