Aven is a current DPhil student with the energy programme at the Environmental Change Institute. He joined the METER project as a Data Analyst and Research Assistant in October 2018. In this position, Aven assists with data collection efforts, recruiting research trial participants and managing research equipment, and contributes toward analysis techniques, including those for exploratory analysis, model development, and sensitivity analyses.
Aven's DPhil research aims to improve our understanding of energy consumption in US and UK households, focusing on how deeper insight into complex human-energy dynamics can inform energy policy and strategy for accelerating the low-carbon transition. His research addresses questions of both energy demand reduction and flexibility, providing evidence on how energy use can become more efficient as well as how it can become more flexible in order to enable further integration of renewable energy.
Prior to starting his DPhil, Aven completed an MPhil in Environmental Change and Management at the ECI. Before coming to Oxford, he worked in both private and public-sector roles, first for a start-up that is now the top loan provider for residential solar installations in the US and then for the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change. He grew up in the US state of Montana and received a BS in environmental and political science from Santa Clara University.