Dr Faye Wade

Bio for Dr Faye Wade

I am an interdisciplinary energy researcher, applying a range of techniques as appropriate to understand aspects of the energy challenges of contemporary society. Most recently, my ethnographic PhD investigation explored how, through their work, heating engineers can shape the central heating technologies installed in homes and how they come to be used. In analysing the data I applied ideas from sociology, namely: communities of practice and social capital, and from science and technology studies, in particular considering: actor-network theory and practice theory. I am currently exploring ways to take this research agenda forward through the application of qualitative approaches to better understand the role of construction professionals and intermediary actors in achieving reductions in the energy consumed through buildings. 

Prior to this, I completed a masters in Energy Demand Studies at UCL, and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry which included a year working as an Analytical Chemist at AstraZeneca.