Dr Jan Webb

Principal Investigator, EPSRC Reframing Energy Demand
Project Lead, Heat and the City


Research and Interests

Jan Webb is Professor of Sociology of Organisations. Her research is about the sociology of climate change and energy markets, localised energy in cities and changing practices of energy use in buildings. She is Principal Investigator of the EPSRC Reframing Energy Demand project, the Scottish ClimateXChange Evaluation of the National Energy Efficiency Programme, and leads the Local Engagement in Energy Systems project funded by the Energy Technologies Institute and UK Energy Research Centre. She also led the 2010-14  Heat and the City project, funded by the RC-UK Energy Programme. Other Edinburgh team members are Dave Hawkey (Research Fellow), Mags Tingey (Research Officer and Admin Support), Ruth Bush (Research Fellow), Ronan Bolton and Mark Winskel. The projects focus on energy governance at multiple scales in comparative European context. She works with colleagues in Informatics to study practices of energy use in domestic and public buildings. Jan currently chairs the UK Committee on Climate Change Advisory Group on Heat and Energy Efficiency, and is a UK nominated expert to the International Energy Agency Programme on District Heating and Cooling. She was also a member of the research team funded by the UK Government DECC to examine deployment of heat networks. Findings are used in the 2013 UK Government Heat Strategy, and the Report is accessed from this webpage. She continues to be occasional adviser to the UK Government Heat Networks Delivery Unit. She is academic member of the Scottish Government Expert Commission on District Heating and Regulation, and District Heating Loans Advisory Panel, and contributes to the Scottish Government Heat Networks Partnership.