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.


Smart local energy systems (SLES) : a framework for exploring transition, context, and impacts
Ford Rebecca, Maidment Chris, Vigurs Carol, Fell Michael J, Morris Madeleine
Technological Forecasting and Social Change Vol 166 (2021)
Energy Justice POINTs : Policies to Create a More Sustainable & Fairer Future for All
Bray Rachel, Ford Rebecca
Are we seeing clearly? The need for aligned vision and supporting strategies to deliver net-zero electricity systems
Ford Rebecca, Hardy Jeffrey
Energy Policy Vol 147 (2020)
Easy or arduous? Practices, perceptions and networks driving lighting transitions from kerosene to solar in Vanuatu
Walton Sara, Ford Rebecca
Energy Research and Social Science Vol 65 (2020)
Detailed comparison of energy-related time-use diaries and monitored residential electricity demand
Suomalainen Kiti, Eyers David, Ford Rebecca, Stephenson Janet, Anderson Ben, Jack Michael
Energy and Buildings Vol 183, pp. 418-427 (2019)
Understanding the path to smart home adoption : segmenting and describing consumers across the innovation-decision process
Sanguinetti Angela, Karlin Beth, Ford Rebecca
Energy Research and Social Science Vol 46, pp. 274-283 (2018)

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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

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
Supergen Energy Networks Hub Flex Fund (External organisation)

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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
2050 Pathways New Zealand
Ford, Rebecca (Principal Investigator)
Seed funding from the New Zealand National Energy Research Institute, coupled with 10 summer studentships provided by Victoria University of Wellington, funded the creation of a pop-up lab, where students worked in 4 teams supported by 15 academics across a range of departments and expertise areas. Additional support was provided by input from Gareth Wilson from the NZ Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and the work was guided by the NZ 2050 Pathways Committee, comprising members from the National Energy Research Institute, MBIE, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, the Ministry for the Environment, and Generation Zero. As a result of this project, data were collected to support the development of a 2050 pathways carbon calculator for New Zealand, and further funding was obtained by a subset of the team to develop a regional calculator for Wellington (https://porirua.2050calculator.nz/)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2015

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