Energy supply and demand systems in countries around the world are in transition. This talk argues for the greater integration of social science in energy research, particularly in the urban built environment, to enable this transition in both developed and developing countries.
Dr. Kathryn Janda is an interdisciplinary, problem-based scholar and senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Her role is to integrate social and technical dimensions of changing building practices for a lower carbon future. Her research encompasses three principal areas: (1) social, economic, and environmental implications of ecological design, (2) social dimensions of energy use, and (3) the relationship between environmental practice and organizational decision-making. She looks at how organizations and professions (re)design, use, own, and manage non-domestic buildings, focusing on the impacts of technological innovation, organizational decision-making, and energy policy.
She also serves as an advisor to the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. She has undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and English literature from Brown University (USA) and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley.