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Cathrine Jansson-Boyd   Dr.  Senior Scientist or Principal Investigator 
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Cathrine Jansson-Boyd published an article in December 2016.
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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Complementing retrofit with engagement: exploring energy consumption with social housing tenants Cathrine V. Jansson-Boyd, Rosalyn A. V. Robison, Ruth Cloher... Published: 27 December 2016
International Journal of Energy Research, doi: 10.1002/er.3698
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Councils and social housing organisations are looking to retrofit as a way to make their housing more energy efficient. Previous studies on energy use in social housing have generally focussed on the technological aspects (such as the potential savings possible by retrofitting this class of housing across the UK) or have involved one-off interventions or measures. During a 2-year period, we worked with previously homeless people to reduce their energy consumption. The 32 participants lived in small blocks of flats (owned by a social housing organisation) that underwent retrofitting with air source heat pumps. We ran a three-phase tenant engagement programme to compare a range of approaches aimed at energy reduction. It was found that education, social norms and self-awareness are all key components when it comes to initiating environmentally responsible behaviours. The three approaches complemented each other, and these ought to be considered alongside technology provision if the aim is to reduce energy consumption. A number of reflections on the implementation of medium-term tenant engagement programmes are also presented. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 2 Reads 0 Citations Using Self-Awareness as a Means to Reduce Energy Consumption Cathrine Jansson-Boyd, Ruth Cloherty Published: 03 November 2014
The 4th World Sustainability Forum, doi: 10.3390/wsf-4-e007
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During a period of 6 months, 15 previously homeless male participants from a small town in the UK were encouraged to adopt an intrinsic and environmentally responsible attitude. The aim was to specifically reduce the participants' energy consumption. This was done through self- awareness sessions in parallel with traditional environmental educational sessions. Self-awareness was in this study used as a tool to help guide the participants towards a positive sense of self through the engagement of energy saving behaviours. The self-awareness sessions took place in the form of a series of small group sessions. Focus groups were conducted prior to the group sessions taking place and after they had been completed, in order to measure whether their environmentally held beliefs had changed. Each focus group was structured around their environmentally held beliefs and took around 1 hour. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the focus groups. The analysis revealed that at the onset the participants lacked interest in energy reduction behaviours. However, after having taken part in the self-awareness sessions it became evident that a shift in attitudes had occurred. This investigation was part of a bigger project with the participants in which their social housing underwent retrofitting with air-source heat pumps, to make the houses more energy efficient. Consequently, participants' energy usage was monitored using smart meters. Such monitoring supported the results from the thematic analysis in that it showed a decrease in energy use during the 6 months period the participants attended self-awareness sessions.