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Personal Statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2019 as a Chancellor's Fellow working jointly between the Departments of Government & Public Policy and Electronic & Electrical Engineering. I am also the Research Director of the UK’s Energy Revolution Research Consortium (EnergyREV). Prior to this I held positions at the University of Oxford, the University of Otago in New Zealand (where I served as Deputy Director of their Centre for Sustainability) and at Victoria University of Wellington.

My research explores how people interact with energy systems, and how social, environmental, and technological insights can be co-developed to better inform policy for sustainable development. I take a multidisciplinary approach to my work, and believe in the importance of research for impact, and in bridging the gap between different forms of knowledge to advance solutions tackling climate change.

Research Interests

I'm interested in impactful and applied resesach that enhances our understanding of how to deliver a sustainable, net-zero energy future, and which informs and engages decision makers in policy and industry. I enjoy working with a variety of theoretical frameworks that explore different elements of energy system transition, and my research frequently crosses disciplinary boundaries. I enjoy exploring ideas at the intersection of epistemologies, and looking at combining different forms of knowledge to develop richer insights into key challenges for energy system decarbonisation. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford

9 Oct 20068 Jan 2010

Award Date: 8 Jan 2010

Master of Engineering, University of Oxford

1 Oct 200230 Jun 2006

Award Date: 30 Jun 2006

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Research Output

  • Detailed comparison of energy-related time-use diaries and monitored residential electricity demand

    Suomalainen, K., Eyers, D., Ford, R., Stephenson, J., Anderson, B. & Jack, M., 15 Jan 2019, In : Energy and Buildings. 183, p. 418-427 10 p.

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    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)


    Stanford University Precourt Energy Efficiency Fellowship

    Ford, Rebecca (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


    Supergen Energy Networks Hub Flex Fund (External organisation)

    Rebecca Ford (Member)

    Apr 2020May 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    End Use Energy Demand Tech Call 2 Panel (External organisation)

    Rebecca Ford (Member)

    26 Mar 2020

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee