My major research has been on the study of housing, energy use in the home and people’s behaviour, particularly for the fuel poor. This was initiated through my first degree at the Open University and then in a more focused way while doing my doctorate at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex.
In 1991, I became a Senior Research Fellow at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and started the Lower Carbon Futures group there. All of our research was on home energy use with a strong emphasis on appliances and lighting in the UK and EU.
Since retiring in 2008, I have published a second book on fuel poverty and have continued campaigning for better help for them, especially during the present energy crisis. With colleagues we published: Finding the fuel poor and framing better policy in August 2023.