Research Fellow in Urban Heat Systems
- University of Leeds
- Location: Leeds, United Kingdom
- Job Number: 7077983 (Ref #: ENVEE1460)
- Posting Date: May 7, 2021
Do you want to undertake research that aims to urgently transform urban heat systems so that they can adapt to future heating and cooling needs, reduce fuel poverty and CO2 emissions, and improve air quality? Would you like to join a growing interdisciplinary research group at the University of Leeds, bringing your social science expertise to work with engineers and energy modellers? Do you have a background in energy research and working collaboratively with city stakeholders?
Transforming the heat system is an urgent priority for the UK. The Climate Change Committee, an independent advisor to the UK Government, has stated that immediate action is required if we are to radically reduce carbon emissions produced by the provision of heat and meet our national and international climate-change targets. In addition to the urgent need to mitigate climate change, fuel poverty affects 11% of households in England; we need to find ways to provide affordable heating in the face of rising energy prices. The demand for cooling is also likely to rise substantially in coming years in response to a warmer climate and growing thermal comfort requirements, which will increase energy use and add to carbon emissions. Such radical transformation presents a substantial challenge: affordable provision of heating and cooling requires multiple decision-makers within this complex system to consider energy vectors, technologies, users, institutions and networks. You will contribute to cutting-edge research that will drive the transformation of city-level heat systems by explicitly recognising and embracing their complexity. New analysis frameworks and decision-support tools, grounded in complexity theory and developed and applied through participatory processes, will empower the delivery of both significant decarbonisation and profound health and wellbeing benefits.
In this role you will lead the significant elements of the project that involve stakeholders in heat systems such as local authorities, businesses, and the public. Responsibilities will include gathering data on stakeholder perspectives, working with modellers to incorporate non-technical data into new modelling tools, and delivering participatory workshops to use these models with stakeholders in order to generate route-maps for transitions in two case-study cities.
You will be based in the Sustainability Research Institute of the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, which is one of the UK’s leading interdisciplinary institutes conducting research on the different dimensions of sustainability. The work is being led by Dr Catherine Bale, under a funded EPSRC five-year fellowship award titled “Co-creating visions and pathways for integrated urban heat systems”. You will also work alongside other members of the institute’s Energy and Climate Change Mitigation research group.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Dr Catherine Bale, Associate Professor
|Location:||Leeds - Main Campus|
|Faculty/Service:||Faculty of Environment|
|School/Institute:||School of Earth and Environment|
|Salary:||£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.|
|Please note, an offer will not be made above £34,804 p.a. due to funding restrictions|
|Working Time:||100% - We will consider job share / flexible working arrangements|
|Post Type:||Full Time|
|Contract Type:||Fixed Term (until 31 March 2025)|
|Release Date:||Friday 07 May 2021|
|Closing Date:||Monday 31 May 2021|
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