Dr Brenda Boardman

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Dr Brenda Boardman

Emeritus Research Fellow

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Brenda is an Emeritus Fellow at the ECI following her retirement in September 2008. She is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter. At the ECI, Brenda was the former head of the Lower Carbon Futures team and a co-director of the UK Energy Research Centre. Her main research focus is on how to achieve demand reduction in energy across the UK economy, but in particular the built environment.


Research Interests

Brenda's main research focus is on energy efficiency and the way that energy is used in British homes, particularly by low-income households, i.e. fuel poverty. She considers the economic, social and technical aspects of the subject and her work has a strong policy emphasis. She is widely viewed as one of the most experienced in her field and was awarded an MBE in 1998 for her work on energy efficiency and received the Energy Institute's Melchett Medal in the same year.

Brenda's second book, Fixing Fuel Poverty: Challenges and solutions is available in both paperback and hardback. The book examines why the numbers of households in fuel poverty are rising - currently 5m in the UK - despite the government's legal obligation to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016. Many of the lessons from the UK are germaine to other countries beginning to experience worsening fuel poverty, particularly in Eastern and Central Europe. The European Commission now requires action on fuel poverty in all Member States, through the revised Electricity Directive. Brenda has given a series of presentations about the book to various professional and academic audiences in the UK, in Brussels and in Prague.


Teaching

Brenda continues to supervise two doctoral students and to give occasional lectures to the MSc in Environmental Change and Management. She also contributes to the MSc in Energy Policy at Exeter University and is external examiner for the MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.


Selected Media Appearances and Presentations

ENGAGER training school keynote session featuring Brenda Boardman interviewed by Harriet Thomson and Sergio Tirado Herrero.


Publications

Special issue of Energy Policy on fuel poverty

In 2012 a special issue of the international journal Energy Policy was published commemorating 21 years of research and policy related to fuel poverty. The issue is a tribute to the work of Brenda Boardman and hails her as the primary “researcher, strategic thinker and campaigner” on the world of fuel poverty. View the special edition online: Fuel Poverty Comes of Age: Commemorating 21 Years of Research and Policy.

The missed exam: Conversations with Brenda Boardman, by Christine Liddell (Energy Policy 49:12-18)


2016
2015
2012
2011
  • Boardman, B. (2011) Fuel poverty. Geography Review, 24(3): 14-15.
  • Boardman, B. (2011) Measuring your energy use. Geography Review, 24(2): 14-15.
  • Boardman, B. (2011) The cost of heating your home. Geography Review, 24(1): 28-29.
2010
2009
  • Fawcett, T. and Boardman, B. (2009) Housing market transformation. The Proceedings of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Summer Study 2009.. 429-440. ISBN: 9789163344541.
  • Hinnells, M. and Boardman, B. (2009) Market Transformation: Innovation Theory and Practice. In, Foxon, T. and Kohler, J. and Oughton, C. (eds.) Innovation for a low carbon economy: economic, institutional and management approaches. Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 203-229. ISBN: 9781847203823.
2008
  • Boardman, B. (2008) Full witness statement by Dr Brenda Boardman for the legal case against the UK Government for failing to meet its legal requirements to eradicate fuel poverty under the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000.
  • Boardman, B. (2008) Index Key for the legal case against the UK Government for failing to meet its legal requirements to eradicate fuel poverty under the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000.
  • Brand, C. and Boardman, B. (2008) Taming of the few – The unequal distribution of greenhouse gas emissions from personal travel in the UK. Energy Policy, 36(1): 224-238.
2007
2006
  • Boardman, B. (2006) Creating a virtuous circle for climate change with consumers, manufacturers and sufficiency. Energy Efficiency in Domestic Appliances and Lighting.
  • Boardman, B. (2006) The challenge of existing uk houses. IABSE Henderson Colloquium, Cambridge, 10-12 July 2006.
  • Boardman, B., Jardine, C. and Lipp, J. (2006) Green Electricity Code of Practice: A Scoping Study. Environmental Change Institute. Oxford University Centre for the Environment, University of Oxford, UK
  • Brand, C., Preston, J. and Boardman, B. (2006) Integrated travel emissions profiles: final research report to the ESRC. Transport Studies Unit and Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
  • Palmer, J., Boardman, B., Bottrill, C., Darby, S., Hinnells, M., Killip, G., Layberry, R. and Lovell, H. (2006) Reducing the environmental impact of housing. Final Report, Consultancy study in support of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollutions 26th Report on the Urban Environment.
2005
  • Boardman, B. (2005) Brave New World. The Guardian.
  • Boardman, B. (2005) Policy packages to achieve demand reduction. Proceedings of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) 2005 Summer Study - What works & who delivers?, 30 May - 4 June 2005.. 231-236. ISBN: 9163140020.
  • Boardman, B. (2005) Renewable Iceland. Geography review(4): 40-41.
2004
  • Boardman, B. (2004) Achieving energy efficiency through product policy: the UK experience. Environmental Science & Policy, 7(3): 165-176.
  • Boardman, B. (2004) New directions for household energy efficiency: evidence from the UK. Energy Policy, 32(17): 1921-1933.
  • Boardman, B. (2004) Starting on the road to sustainability. Building Research & Information, 32(3): 264-268.
2003
  • Boardman, B., Palmer, J. and Lane, K. (2003) 4CE - Consumer choice and carbon consciousness: Electricity disclosure in Europe. Final project report, ECI research report issue 28. Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford, Oxford, UK ISBN: 18734370360.
  • Jardine, C., Boardman, B., Osman, A., Vowles, J. and Palmer, J. (2003) Methane UK.(30) Environmental Change Institute (ECI), Oxford, UK.
2002
  • Boardman, B. and Fawcett, T. (2002) Competition for the Poor: Liberalisation of Electricity Supply and Fuel Poverty: Lessons from Great Britain for Northern Ireland. Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.
  • Boardman, B., Banks, N., Kirby, H.R., Fawcett, T., Lane, K. and Hurst, A. (2002) Lower Carbon Futures. Environmental Change Institute (ECI), University of Oxford
  • Fawcett, T., Hurst, A. and Boardman, B. (2002) Carbon UK. Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.
2000
1998
1997

Boardman B, K Lane, M Hinnells, N Banks, G Milne, A Goodwin and T Fawcett (1997) Transforming the UK Cold Market. Report from the DECADE team, Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford. 112pp. ISBN 1874370168. http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/research/energy/archive-decade.html

Boardman B, T Fawcett, H Griffin, M Hinnells, K Lane and J Palmer (1997) 2MtC: two million tonnes of carbon. DECADE 4th year report, Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford. 106 pp. ISBN 1874370192

Boardman, B (1997) EESOP’s fable: a review of the second series of annual reports on the Energy Efficiency Standards of Performance. Energy Action 67, NEA, Newcastle, January

Boardman, B (1997) Cold houses, warm homes and household energy use: a challenge for the twenty-first century. Paper given at the WWF climate change conference, 'The Road to Kyoto'. 11pp

Boardman, B (1997) Cold labelling - the UK experience of Energy Labels. Proceedings of the European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, June 1997. Vol 1, paper 72. 14pp

Boardman, B (1997) PowerGen - energy in action. Energy Action 69, NEA, Newcastle, August

Boardman, B (1997) Contributing to Kyoto: lessons from cold appliances. Energy Utilities 8, September 1997, OXERA, Oxford. Pp24-6

Boardman, B (1997) Managing demand through economic instruments : social equity (including rural areas). Briefing paper, Transport Policy Review, October 1997

Boardman B (1997) Understanding consumer behaviour: the implications for UK policy. In Energy efficiency in household appliances, (eds) P Bertoldi, A Ricci and B Huenges Wajer, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Household Appliances, 10-12 November. Springer-Verlag Berlin-Heidelberg. Pp113-124

Milne, G and B Boardman (1997) Making cold homes warmer: the effect of energy efficiency improvements in low-income homes. A report to the Energy Action Grants Agency Charitable Trust. 32pp

Anable, J, B Boardman and A Root (1997), Travel Emission Profiles. Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford. 96pp. ISBN 1874370184

1996

Boardman, B, Hinnells, M, Lane, K, Milne, G and Palmer J (1996) Efficient appliances and SOP money. Report to the Energy Saving Trust. 10pp

Boardman, B (1996) A great leap forward. Paper for conference on the Home Energy Conservation Act: reporting, planning and implementing across all housing sectors. Held at De Montfort University, Leicester, June

Boardman, B (1996), Home energy efficiency scheme (HEES), Response the Department of the Environment consultation paper. Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford

Root, A, B Boardman and W J Fielding (1996) Rural Travel and Transport Corridors. SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility in Rural Transport) interim report. Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford. 74pp. ISBN 1874370125

Root, A, B Boardman and W J Fielding (1996) The costs of rural travel. Final report of the SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility in Rural Transport) project. Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford. 82pp. ISBN 187437015X.

1995

Boardman B (1995) Freezing out the poor: raising domestic energy prices is not good environmental policy. New Economy, September 1995, pp 152-156. Dryden Press

Boardman B (1995) Policy instruments - a survey. Workshop on energy savings in home entertainment electronics, Copenhagen, 15-16 May

Boardman, B (1995), as a member of the Energy Working Group, Energy & Environment in the 21st Century. National Academies Policy Advisory Group (NAPAG). 104pp. July

Boardman B (1995) Lessons from VAT on domestic fuel. The Guardian, October 2

Boardman B (1995) Energy and the environment, chapter in Environment, Health & Medical Care for the 21st Century, edited by Eiji Yano, Teikyo University. Proceedings of the First Teikyo-Harvard Symposium, Tokyo, pp84-99

Boardman B (1995) Through the looking glass: energy efficiency projects funded by electricity companies, Energy Action, NEA, Newcastle, November, pp14-15

Hinnells, M J, K B Lane, E Small, B Boardman and N Middleton (1995) Policy options: energy and emissions savings from intervention. Background report no 10 in A study of efficiency in washing machines, dishwashers and dryers, a report to DG XVII (Energy) of the European Commission. Danish Energy Agency

Boardman B, D Favis-Mortlock, M Hinnells, K Lane, G Milne, J Palmer, E Small, V Strang and J Wade (1995) DECADE (Domestic Equipment and Carbon Dioxide Emissions) second year report. Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford. 147pp

Boardman B (1995) Assessing regulatory impacts. Discussant contribution, Proceedings of Energy and Environment Regulation Workshop. Regulatory Policy Institute, University of Oxford.

Boardman, B, M J Hinnells and G Milne (1995) Estimation of the energy use in the EU, 1985-2010. Study of standby losses and energy saving potential for televisions and video recorders in Europe. Part A, Novem BV, Sittard NL

1994

Boardman B, D Favis-Mortlock, M Hinnells, K Lane, G Milne, E Small, V Strang and J Wade (1994) DECADE (Domestic Equipment and Carbon Dioxide Emissions) first year report. Energy and Environment Programme, Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford. 83pp

Boardman B (1994) Energy efficiency and UK households. Energy and Environment 4 pp316-334

Hunt, S and Boardman B (1994) Defining the problem. In Domestic Energy and Affordable Warmth (ed T A Markus). Watt Committee report 30. ISBN 0 419 20090 8. pp 17-32. London, E & F N Spon

Boardman B (1994) Strategies for action. In Domestic Energy and Affordable Warmth (ed T A Markus). Watt Committee report 30. ISBN 0 419 20090 8. pp 81- 96. London, E & F N Spon

Boardman B (1994) Energy efficiency measures and social inequality, in Housing and the environment: a new agenda (eds M Bhatti, J Booke and M Gibson), Chartered Institute of Housing, Policy and Practice Series. pp 107-127

Boardman B (1994) DECADE - Domestic Equipment and Carbon Dioxide Emissions, in The SAVE Programme: overview and future. Proceedings of the conference held in Florence, October 26-28. 14pp

1993

Boardman B (1993), Energy inefficient Europe: the scale of the problem. Paper presented at conference on `Towards an Energy Efficient Europe', Birmingham, 20-21 January. Neighbourhood Energy Action. Newcastle. 6pp

Boardman B, Energy efficiency incentives and UK households, Energy and Environment, 4 (4), 316-334.

Boardman B (1993) Response to the Department of the Environment’s Climate Change discussion document. Together with the National Right to Fuel Campaign. 8pp

Boardman B (1993) Comments on OFFER’s consultation document on Energy Efficiency Standards of Performance, March. 9pp

Boardman, B (1993), Cold facts about fuel poverty. Innovations in social Housing. No 4. March. Pp5-6

Boardman B (1993) Investment in energy efficiency. Energy and Environment in the South West conference proceedings, Camborne School of Mines. April.

Boardman B (1993) Uncertainty and the British household. Paper presented to the Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency conference, Stockholm, September. 12pp

Boardman B (1993) Prospects for affordable warmth. In Aspects of Unhealthy Housing, R Burridge and D Ormandy (eds), Chapman and Hall. pp382-400

Boardman B (1993) Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Submission on behalf of the Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford to the Environment Committee, House of Commons, Fourth Report, Session 1992-93. HC648-III, HMSO

Boardman B (1993) The opportunities and constraints posed by fuel poverty on policies to reduce the greenhouse effect in Britain. Applied Energy 44, pp185-195

Boardman B (1993) Implications for low-income households of the imposition of VAT on domestic energy. Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford

Boardman, B (1993), Response to the Energy Saving Trust, Residential Scheme. Environmental Change Unit, University of Oxford, December. 10pp

1992

Boardman, B (1992), Energy efficiency and the utilities. Report to the National Consumer Council. January. 13pp

Boardman B (1992) Why energy efficiency? Energy Utilities, Oxera, Oxford, February. Pp23-26

Boardman B (1992) Fuel Poverty. Environmental Health, March, pp 61-5

Boardman B (1992) Effects of electricity privatisation for consumers. Submission to the House of Commons Energy Select Committee inquiry on behalf of the National Right to Fuel Campaign and Right to Warmth, in HC 113-II, session 1991-92. 13pp

Hulme, M, P Haves and B Boardman (1992) Impacts of climate change. Innovative Cooling Systems Workshop, Future Buildings Forum, International Energy Agency, May. 13pp

Boardman, B (1992), Comments from the National Right to Fuel Campaign on the OGGER Energy Efficiency Consultation Document, June, 5pp

Boardman B (1992) Social aspects of energy efficiency. Energy efficiency: the policy agenda for the 1990s. I Christie & N Ritchie (eds), Policy Studies Institute, London

Boardman B (1992) Energy efficiency: the role of the local authority. Environmental Health Congress, September 14-17, Bournemouth. 6pp

Boardman B (1992) Paying for energy efficiency. Paper for National Society for Clean Air Conference, 19-22 October, Bournemouth

Boardman, B (1992), When is a house not a house? Presentation at the Right to Warmth Seminar, Glasgow on A legal right to warmth?, November, 10pp

1991

Boardman B (1991) Fuel poverty: from cold homes to affordable warmth. Belhaven Press (now Wiley). Out of print. 267pp. ISBN 1 85293 139 6

Boardman B (1991) Ten years cold: lessons from a decade of fuel poverty. Neighbourhood Energy Action, Newcastle

Boardman B (1991) Aspects of energy literacy and public awareness. Conference on Towards a cohesive policy for energy education in the UK, Cranfield Institute of Technology. 4pp

Boardman, B (1991), Memorandum submitted by the National Right to Fuel Campaign, Energy efficiency, Energy Select Committee, House of Commons, Third Report, Session 1990-91, Volume II, Memoranda of Evidence. 91-II, pp96-98

Boardman B (1991) Social aspects of energy efficiency. Background paper for Neighbourhood Energy Action and Policy Studies Institute seminar

Boardman B (1991) Fuel Poverty is different. Policy Studies 12 (4).Policy Studies Institute. pp 30-41 ECU Reprint Series RP-91-1.

Boardman B and T Houghton (1991) Poverty and power: the efficient use of electricity in low-income households. Bristol Energy Centre. Funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 100pp

Boardman, B (1991), Additional comments on Ofgas tariff review: E factor and associated standards of performance. Submitted on behalf of the National Right to Fuel Campaign. November. Pp4-6

Boardman B (1991) Prospects for affordable warmth. Paper presented to Unhealthy Housing conference, Legal Research Institute, Warwick University, December. 6pp

1990

Boardman B (1990) Fuel poverty and the greenhouse effect. Friends of the Earth, Heatwise Glasgow, National Right to Fuel Campaign, Neighbourhood Energy Action, April, 15pp

Boardman, B (1990), Home Energy Efficiency Scheme. Response to Energy Efficiency Office consultation paper, on behalf of the National Right to Fuel Campaign, May. 11pp

1989

Boardman, B (1989) Beating the cold: the role of social services, Social Work Today. 19 January, pp20-21

Hughes, D and Boardman, B (1989), Cheap Heat, Housing, February, Vol 25.1,pp12-13

Boardman, B (1989), Powerless poor, Housing, February, Vol 25.1, pp15-17

Boardman, B (1989), Memorandum on behalf of the National Right to Fuel Campaign and oral evidence, Efficiency of electricity use. Select Committee on the European Communities, House of Lords, Session 1988-89, 8th Report. HL Paper 37, 18 April, pp99-109

1988

Boardman B (1988) Energy efficiency policy and low income households. In D Reay and A Wright (eds) Innovation for energy efficiency, Pergamon Press, Oxford

Boardman B (1988) Little and large: problems and potential for the control of domestic energy consumption. Paper presented at ‘Automating the Home 88’ conference, organised by National Economic Development Organisation and RMDP, London, December

Boardman, B (1988), Little and large: problems and potential for the control of domestic energy consumption. Paper presented to the Automating the home 88 conference, NEDO & RMDP, December

Boardman, B (1988), The ‘woollen hat’ solution: fuel poverty – how to break the cold spell. Poverty 71 pp11-12

1987

Boardman, B (1987), Affordable warmth – can energy costs be related to the ability to pay? Voluntary Housing. April, pp8-9

Boardman B (1987) Defining affordable warmth. Paper presented at Unhealthy Housing conference organised by the Institution of Environmental Health Officers and the Legal Research Unit, University of Warwick, December

1986

Boardman B (1986), Fuel poverty: the need for a low-income energy efficiency programme. Energy UK, Public Money Journals

Boardman B (1986) Seasonal mortality and cold homes. Paper presented at Unhealthy Housing conference organised by the Institution of Environmental Health Officers and the Legal Research Unit, University of Warwick, December

1985

Boardman B (1985) Activity levels in the home. Paper presented at an international conference for building researchers, Budapest, September

Boardman, B (1985), Energy Efficiency Office, Submission to the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy, on behalf of the National Right to Fuel Campaign. 16pp

1984

Boardman B (1984) The Cost of Warmth, National Right to Fuel Campaign, London. ISBN 0 9509429 0 1