Katy Roelich

Katy is an Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds and co-lead the Energy and Climate Change Mitigation Group within the School of Earth and Environment. Prior to this she co-lead the Rethinking Development theme at the Stockholm Environment Institute and was a senior sustainability consultant at Arup. In a former life she was a chartered engineer supervising the clean-up of sites ranging from an oil terminal in the far reaches of Scotland to a nuclear bomb test site in the pacific. Her current work is concerned with the governance of energy transitions; particularly how stronger participation of civil society could offer a more rapid and democratic approach to energy system change; how governance can be more reflexive and adaptive to account for the great uncertainty and complexity associated with energy system change; and how participatory methods and models can better support decision making. Katy has worked on a range of RCUK and EU-funded projects, including the UK Energy Research Centre and is currently part of the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE MAP) one of the End Use Energy Demand Centres. Her work here is developing an approach to long-term decision making that can account for the interaction between different decision makers with differing motivations and agency. This aims to challenge the assumption underpinning most decision support approaches and models that energy system transformation is controlled by one decision maker with clearly defined objectives and stable preferences.

Recent publications:

Busch J; Roelich K; Bale CSE; Knoeri C (2017) Scaling up local energy infrastructure; An agent-based model of the emergence of district heating networks, Energy Policy, 100, pp.170-180. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2016.10.011

Knoeri C; Steinberger JK; Roelich K (2016) End-user centred infrastructure operation: Towards integrated end-use service delivery, Journal of Cleaner Production, 132, pp.229-239. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.079

Hall S; Roelich K (2016) Business, model innovation in electricity supply markets: The role of complex value in the United Kingdom, Energy Policy, 92, pp.286-298. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2016.02.019

Roelich K; Knoeri C; Steinberger JK; Varga L; Blythe PT; Butler D; Gupta R; Harrison GP; Martin C; Purnell P (2015) Towards resource-efficient and service-oriented integrated infrastructure operation, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 92, pp.40-52. doi: 10.1016/j.techfore.2014.11.008


Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatyRoelich

CIEMAP website: http://ciemap.leeds.ac.uk/

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