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Ms Michelle Shipworth
Room 410
Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place
Tel: 020 3108 5991
  • Associate Professor
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Michelle studies the human dimension of home energy use: behaviours, social influences and the interaction of these with technologies and buildings. 

Michelle is an invited UK country expert on the International Energy Agency's Demand Side Management Task XXIV (Behaviour Change) and provides expert advice to the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change, Communities and Local Government, the Central Office of Information and English Heritage. This advice focuses on behaviour change and strategies for reducing home energy use. She is on the Advisory Committee of the Global Cool Foundation - an innovative climate change charity. Her report Motivating Home Energy Action: a handbook of what works - for the Australian Greenhouse Office in 2000 - strongly influenced the direction of Australia’s ‘Cool Communities’ greenhouse reduction programme and is cited by the IEA's Demand-Side Management Programme, UNEP and by a working group to the IPCC. Prior to moving into academia, Michelle worked in the Australian Government's overseas aid program, managing scholarships of students from developing countries. 

Research Summary

Michelle conceived and directed the first English survey of home energy use, developing the survey instruments in close collaboration with technical colleagues on the Carbon Reduction in Buildings research consortium. The survey instrument was also used in the OFGEM/DECC Energy Demand Reduction Pilot ("smart metering") trials of energy feedback devices. Michelle continues to analyse this rich dataset together with colleagues and students.

Teaching Summary

Current teaching

. Energy, People & Behaviour (UCL Energy Institute MSc. Designed and delivered new module)

. Research Concepts (UCL Energy Institute MSc. Designed and delivered)

. PhD Students: 

... Faye Wade (Role of plumbers providing central heating systems to householders)

... Charlie Morris-Marsham (Visualising home energy use through thermal images)

... Shu Yang (Couples' attitudes to home energy use)

Previous teaching

... Research Concepts (UCL Energy Institute MRes) Designed and delivered a new module.

... Research Skills (University of Reading School of Construction Management & Engineering BSc. Re-designed and delivered the module.

... Social statistics computer laboratory workshops (University of Reading Department of Sociology BA). Developed and delivered content.

... Environmental Sociology (University of Reading Department of Sociology BA). Designed and delivered a new module.

01-JAN-2009 – 31-DEC-2011 Research Associate UCL Energy Institute University College London, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2004 – 31-DEC-2008 Research Fellow Construction Management and Engineering University of Reading, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018 SFHEA ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow – Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College London
2004 MSc Master of Science – Sociology not elsewhere classified University of Reading
1999 MEnvSc Master of Environmental Science – Environmental Sciences Monash University
1994 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Politics Monash University
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