Dr Kathryn Janda


Research Groups

Dr Kathryn Janda

Honorary Research Associate


Kathryn Janda is an interdisciplinary, problem-based energy demand scholar Honorary Research Associate within the ECI.

Research Interests

Katy has studied the interface between social and technical systems in the built environment since 1990 and is particularly interested in why different organisations and social groups decide to promote or reject environmental technologies, particularly in non-domestic settings. Social groups she has studied include: building designers, environmental advocates, and building users. Technical systems she studies include energy-efficiency techniques and green building strategies. Her research encompasses three principal areas:

  1. Social dimensions of energy use;
  2. Social, economic and environmental implications of ecological design;
  3. The relationship between environmental technology adoption and organizational decision-making.

Katy leads the Energy, Organisations, and Society theme within the ECI's Energy Research programme. Her work explores the role of building professionals in creating 'middle-out’ change; implications of data availability and ownership in the commercial real estate industry (including green leasing); and energy management practices in universities, offices, stores, churches, theaters, and small businesses. She is lead author and research director of the WICKED project which works with technical, legal and organisational infrastructure in the retail sector to create knowledge and develop energy strategies for owners, landlord, and tenants. She led the COALESCE knowledge exchange project with industry partner CO2 Estates. For Phase 2 of the UK Energy Research Centre (2009-14), she co-led the “Energy Use in Buildings” and led the “Social and Organisational Aspects of Energy Use” themes. She also led the Worldwide Status of Energy Standards for Buildings project, an investigation of the worldwide status of energy standards for buildings in more than 80 countries linked to the legal status and building sector coverage of the standards in different countries.


Katy earned undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and English literature from Brown University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked in the Energy Analysis Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Environmental Policy Fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program. Prior to joining the ECI, she held a position as assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College for five years, where she pursued her research interests and taught courses such as energy production and consumption; fundamentals of building performance; environment and society; a practicum on ecological design; solar music; dynamics of consumption; and qualitative research methods


  • Axon, C.J., Bright, S.J., Dixon, T.J., Janda, K.B. and Kolokotroni, M. (2012) Building Communities: Why We Need a New Interdisciplinary Approach to Reducing Energy Use in Tenanted Commercial Property. Building Research and Information, 40: 461-472.
  • Janda, K.B. (2012) Building Change: Reaching Net Zero. The World Sustainable Energy Days, Wels, Australia, 29 February-2 March. http://www.wsed.at/en/world-sustainable-energy-days/.
  • Janda, K.B. (2012) Building Communities: Between and Beyond Organisations and Individuals in Commercial Properties. Energy Efficiency for a More Sustainable World, Sao Miguel, Portugal, 14-16 September. http://www.energyefficiency.uac.pt/.
  • Janda, K.B. (2012) Towards Social or Technical Change? Comparative Socioeconomic Evaluation of Renewable and Efficiency Measures at the City, Multi-City and International Levels. International Energy Program Evaluation Conference, Rome, Italy, 12-14 June. http://iepec.org/conf-docs/session_agendas/2012-rome/agenda_rome.htm.
  • Urge-Vorsatz, D., Eyre, N., Graham, P., Harvey, L.D.D., Hertwich, E., Jochem, E., Kornevall, C., Majumdar, M., McMahon, H., Mirasgedis, S., Murakami, S., Novikova, A., Jiang, Y., Masera, O., McNeil, M., de T’Serclaes, P., Tirado-Herrero, S., Petrichenko, K. and Janda, K. (2012) Towards Sustainable Energy End Use: Buildings, in Global Energy Assessment. Chapter 10 in, Global Energy Assessment: Toward a Sustainable Future. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 1888 pp. ISBN: 9781107005198.
  • Allen, D. and Janda, K. (2006) The effects of household characteristics and energy use consciousness on the effectiveness of real-time energy use feedback: a pilot study. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy 2006 Summer Study, 'Human and Social Dimensions of Energy Use', Washington D.C., 13-18 August. http://www.eceee.org/conference_proceedings/ACEEE_buildings/2006.
  • Janda, K.B. (2006) The Eleventh Event: Public Perceptions of the Solar Decathlon. The American Solar Energy Society (ASES), Denver, Colorado, 9-13 July.
  • Janda, K.B. (2006) Three tips. In, Timpson, W.M., Dunbar, B., Kimmel, G., Bruyere, B., Newman, P. and Gilliland, R. (eds.) 147 Tips for Teaching Sustainability Integrating Environmental, Economic and Social Dimensions. Atwood Publishing, Madison, W.I.
  • Janda, K.B. and von Meier, A. (2005) Theory, Practice, and Proof: Learning from 'Buildings that Teach.'. In, Guy, S. and Moore, S.A. (eds.) Sustainable Architectures: Critical Explorations of Green Building Practices in Europe and North America. Routledge/Spon Press. pp. 31-50.
  • Janda, K.B., Roth, M. and Petersen, J. (2005) Is More Solar Always Better? The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress, Orlando, Florida, 8-12 August. http://www.ises.org/index.html.
  • Merrett, S. and Janda, K.B. (2005) Waste=Fuel: Affordable Biodiesel For Healthy Communities. The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) Solar World Congress, Orlando, Florida, 8-12 August. http://www.ises.org/index.html.
  • Janda, K. (2004) Beyond Architecture: Real Buildings, Real People. The American Solar Energy Society Annual Meeting.
  • Janda, K.B. (2002) Improving Efficiency: A Socio-Technical Approach. In, Jamison, A. and Rohracher, H. (eds.) Technology Studies & Sustainable Development. Profil Verlag GmbH, Munchen, Wien. pp. 343-364.
  • Janda, K.B., Payne, C., Kunkle, R. and Lutzenhiser, L. (2002) What Organizations Did (and Didn't) Do: Three Factors that Shaped Conservation Responses to California's 2001 'Crisis'. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2002 Summer Study, Human and Social Dimensions of Energy Use: Understanding Markets and Demand, Washington D.C., 18-23 August. http://aceee.org/conferences/2002/ssb.
  • Lutzenhiser, L., Janda, K., Kunkle, R. and Payne, C. (2002) Understanding the Response of Commercial and Institutional Organizations to the California Energy Crisis. California Energy Commission.
  • Janda, K.B. and Johnson, K. (2001) Renewable Energy and ENERGY STAR: Current Status and Future Opportunities. The American Solar Energy Society 2001 Annual Meeting, Washington D.C.
  • Janda, K.B. and Brodsky, S. (2000) Implications of Ownership: An Exploration of the Class of 1999 ENERGY STAR Buildings., 8 ACEEE 2000 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Washington D.C., 20-25 August. http://aceee.org/conferences/2000/ssb.
  • Janda, K.B. (1999) Re-inscribing design work: architects, engineers and efficiency advocates. ECEEE Summer Study, Energy efficiency and CO2 reduction: the dimensions of the social challenge, Mandelieu, France. http://www.eceee.org/conference_proceedings/eceee/1999.
  • Lutzenhiser, L., Janda, K., Kunkle, R., Biggart, N.W. and Hackett, B. (1999) Residential New Construction: Market Transformation Research Needs. California Institute for Energy Efficiency.
  • Janda, K.B. (1998) Building Change: Characteristics of Design Firms and Their Effect on Energy Efficiency Adoption. ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Information Technologies, Consumer Behavior and Non-Energy Benefits: 8.193-8.202, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Washington D.C., 23-28 August. http://aceee.org/conferences/1998/ssb.
  • Janda, K.B. (1998) Building Change: Effects of Professional Culture and Organizational Context on Energy Efficiency Adoption in Buildings. PhD Dissertation, University of California at Berkeley.