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Chris Foulds

  • Carbon Implications of Low Energy Housing
  • University of East Anglia
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I am a 'homegrown' PhD Researcher in that I did my Undergraduate and Masters degrees both at UEA, prior to starting my PhD on the 'Carbon Implications of Low Energy Housing'. My undergraduate degree was in Environmental Sciences and included a year in industry working as an Energy Efficiency Officer for a local authority. This gave me a grounding in the technical disciplines surrounding energy use in the built environment, however I soon became disillusioned with the dominant technoeconomic linearities surrounding mainstream consumer research. The assumption that a 'technological fix' will solve the problem is implicit in most energy consumption policies. Such concerns motivated me to undertake a MRes in Environmental Social Science, and to then focus my PhD on investigating the implications of building low carbon dwellings that are radically different to conventional builds. The case study used to explore these issues further is a 14-dwelling UK social housing Passivhaus development. An interdisciplinary research design framework based on social practice theory is adopted.

Recent publications

  • Credibility in climate change research : a reflexive view

    • Nordhagen S
    • Calverley D
    • Foulds C
    • et al.
  • Encountering Passivhaus technologies: A UK occupant handover perspective

    • Foulds C
    • Powell J
    • Seyfang G


PhD Low Carbon Housing

University of East Anglia

November 2010 - Present

MRes Environmental Social Science

University of East Anglia

September 2009 - August 2010(a year)

BSc (Hons) Environmental Sciences with a Year in Industry

University of East Anglia

September 2005 - June 2009(4 years)


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