Dr Rebecca Ford

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2019 as a Chancellor's Fellow working jointly between the Departments of Government & Public Policy and Electronic & Electrical Engineering. I am also the Research Director of the UK’s Energy Revolution Research Consortium (EnergyREV). Prior to this I held positions at the University of Oxford, the University of Otago in New Zealand (where I served as Deputy Director of their Centre for Sustainability) and at Victoria University of Wellington.

My research explores how people interact with energy systems, and how social, environmental, and technological insights can be co-developed to better inform policy for sustainable development. I take a multidisciplinary approach to my work, and believe in the importance of research for impact, and in bridging the gap between different forms of knowledge to advance solutions tackling climate change.


Community matters : sustainable transition of systems of water provision
Major Laura, Roberts Jen, Ford Rebecca
Enabling a Just Transition to Net Zero : a Manifesto for Change
Bray Rachel, Ford Rebecca
Skills deployment for a 'just' net zero energy transition
Bray Rachel, Mejía Montero Adolfo, Ford Rebecca
Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions Vol 42, pp. 395-410 (2022)
Working Paper 3 : Decarbonisation of Heat : How Smart Local Energy Systems Can Contribute
Morris Madeleine, Hardy Jeff, Bray Rachel, Elmes David, Ford Rebecca, Hannon Matthew, Radcliffe Jonathan
The (in)justices of smart local energy systems : a systematic review, integrated framework, and future research agenda
Knox Stephen, Hannon Matthew, Stewart Fraser, Ford Rebecca
Energy Research and Social Science Vol 83 (2022)
Delivering a Just Transition to Net Zero : Whose Role is it Anyway?
Bray Rachel, Ford Rebecca

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Research interests

I'm interested in impactful and applied resesach that enhances our understanding of how to deliver a sustainable, net-zero energy future, and which informs and engages decision makers in policy and industry. I enjoy working with a variety of theoretical frameworks that explore different elements of energy system transition, and my research frequently crosses disciplinary boundaries. I enjoy exploring ideas at the intersection of epistemologies, and looking at combining different forms of knowledge to develop richer insights into key challenges for energy system decarbonisation. 

Professional activities

COP26 Reflections
Peking University Globex Summerschool: Sustainability Theory and Practices
Member of programme committee
The Climate Papers Podcast
Scottish Power “Connect with Climate Change" seminar series
Member of programme committee
Local Zero Podcast Series
Enabling Smart Local Energy Systems

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EnergyREV Impact Accelerator Funding Application
Ford, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Decentralised Water Technologies (EPSRC Programme Grant)
Roberts, Jen (Principal Investigator) Ford, Rebecca (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2026
ALIGN: ALligning multiple Impacts for Getting to Net-zero (COP26)
Ford, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Aberdeenshire Smart Solar & Storage – Independent Evaluation
Ford, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) Stewart, Fraser (Researcher)
Through the collaboration developed between the University of Strathclyde and iPower, this ETP Knowledge Exchange project aims to support the growth of Scotland’s low carbon economy in a socially equitable and sustainable manner, by testing and validating iPower’s smart solar and storage proposition, being tested in the Smart Solar & Storage project with Aberdeenshire Council.
09-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Energy Revolution Research Consortium - Core - EnergyREV (ISCF)
McArthur, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Ford, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Hannon, Matthew (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2023
New Smart Grid Technologies
Ford, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
A scoping study, funded by the New Zealand Smart Grid Forum, to explore the uptake and use of new smart grid technologies by households, businesses, and within communities.
01-Jan-2015 - 29-Jan-2016

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