Aimee Ambrose is a Principal Research Fellow at CRESR where she has worked for seven years. During this time Aimee has worked on a diverse range of research projects in the fields of environmental sustainability, housing, energy, immigration, welfare reform and the voluntary and community sector. Aimee has a particular interest in the related areas of energy policy, energy infrastructure, sustainable housing and housing modernisation and has authored many peer reviewed publications on these topics. Since 2012 Aimee has acted as an Expert Advisor to the International Energy Agency in relation to Demand Side Management and changing energy behaviour.
Over the last two years, Aimee has directed a series of research projects relating to various energy policies and interventions including two evaluations for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Aimee also has a keen interest in approaches to improving standards of energy performance in private rented housing and has undertaken several projects in this area. Most notably, in early 2015 she undertook a visiting fellowship at the University of Otago in New Zealand where she conducted research into private landlords’ attitudes towards energy efficiency. This programme of work remains ongoing and she has recently secured a grant from the Eaga Charitable Trust to research tenants’ attitudes towards energy efficiency in the private rented sector. In recent years, she also managed a major evaluation of a housing modernisation programme, the largest of its kind in the UK, to a successful conclusion and an ESRC funded study exploring user perspectives in low energy housing.
Aimee is also the founder and Chair of the Fuel Poverty Research Network- an international network that brings together the producers and users of fuel poverty research and intelligence from across academia, policy and practice.
- environmentally sustainable housing design
- housing modernisation
- domestic energy efficiency
- housing led regeneration
- district energy and heating
- private rented sector housing
- alternative research methods
- fuel poverty.
- Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
2016 Research in affordability initiatives for the Consumer Council for Water. Role: Project Director.
2016-2018 Reaching the hardest to reach: engaging vulnerable and hard to reach groups in energy advice and support. Role: Project Director.
2015 Research into tenancy failure amongst social housing tenants aged under 35, Hyde Housing Group and partners. Role: Research Manager.
2015-2017 Evaluation of the Wigan Deal for Warmth programme. Wigan Council. Role: Project Director.
2015-2016 Energy efficiency in the private rented sector: what tenants really think. Eaga Charitable Trust. Role: Project Director.
2014 Evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network, Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Role: Project Director.
2013-2014 Process evaluation of the Low Carbon Pioneer Cities Heat Networks Project, Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Role: Project Director.
2013 Landmark Art and Community Resilience. Role: Project Director.
2012-2013 User perspectives in low energy housing, The Economic and Social Research Council. Role: Project Director.
2012-2013 Preparing for the Green Deal, Rotherham MBC. Role: Member of research team.
2012-2014 Research into the Impact of the Economic Downturn and the Rebalancing of Northern Ireland's Economy on its Neighbourhoods, Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
2012-2014 Monitoring of the direct payments in the social rented demonstration projects, Department for Work and Pensions.
2011-2014 Monitoring and evaluating the impacts of the emergency budget and spending review measures for housing benefit, Department of Work and Pensions.
2011-2012 Research into the effectiveness of the EDF Energy Trust grant funding programme, Charis Grants.
- Eaga Charitable Trust
- Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM)
- Welsh Assembly Government
- Consumer Council for Water
AMBROSE, Aimee, BASHIR, Nadia, FODEN, Michael, GILBERTSON, Janet, GREEN, Geoff and STAFFORD, Bernard (2018). Better housing, better health in London Lambeth : the Lambeth Housing standard health impact assessment and cost benefit analysis. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
AMBROSE, Aimee, GOODCHILD, Barry and O'FLAHERTY, Fin (2017). Understanding the user in low energy housing: a comparison of positivist and phenomenological approaches. Energy Research & Social Science, 34, 163-171.
AMBROSE, Aimee and MARCHLAND, Robert (2017). The contemporary landscape of fuel poverty research. Indoor and Built Environment, 26 (7), 875-878.
GOODCHILD, Barry, AMBROSE, Aimee and MAYE-BANBURY, Angela (2017). Storytelling as oral history: revealing the changing experience of home heating in England. Energy Research & Social Science. (In Press)
AMBROSE, Aimee, MCCARTHY, Lindsey and PINDER, James (2017). Energy (in) efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing - Research Summary. Project Report. Kendal, Eaga.
AMBROSE, Aimee (2017). Using qualitative methods to understand non-technological aspects of domestic energy efficiency. Doctoral, Sheffield Hallam University.
AMBROSE, Aimee, MCCARTHY, Lindsey and PINDER, James (2016). Energy (in)efficiency: what tenants expect and endure in private rented housing. A final report to the Eaga Charitable Trust. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
AMBROSE, Aimee, DAMM, Christopher, FODEN, Michael, GILBERTSON, Janet and PINDER, James (2016). Delivering Affordability Assistance to water customers: cross sector lessons. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
AMBROSE, Aimee, EADSON, William and PINDER, James (2016). The role of actor-networks in the early stage mobilisation of low carbon heat networks. Energy Policy, 96, 144-152.
MCCARTHY, Lindsey, AMBROSE, Aimee and PINDER, James (2016). Energy (In)Efficiency: Exploring what tenants expect and endure in the private rented sector in England. Making the case for more research into the tenant's perspective. An evidence review. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
AMBROSE, Aimee, EADSON, William and GILBERTSON, Janet (2016). Editorial: PPP special issue – International Perspectives on Fuel Poverty. People, Place and Policy, 10 (1), 1-4.
AMBROSE, Aimee, BATTY, Elaine, EADSON, William, HICKMAN, Paul and QUINN, George (2016). Assessment of the need for furniture provision for new NIHE tenants. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
AMBROSE, Aimee, EADSON, William, HICKMAN, Paul and MCCARTHY, Lindsey (2015). Tenancy sustainment amongst those aged under 35 : final report. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
AMBROSE, Aimee (2015). Improving energy efficiency in private rented housing : what makes landlords act? Indoor and Built Environment, 24 (7), 913-924.
AMBROSE, Aimee, EADSON, William and PINDER, James (2015). Evaluation of the Big Energy Savings Network: Final report. Project Report. London, Department of Energy and Climate Change.
GOODCHILD, Barry, O'FLAHERTY, Fin and AMBROSE, Aimee (2014). Inside the eco-home: using video to understand the implications of innovative housing. Housing, Theory and Society, 31 (3), 334-352.
AMBROSE, Aimee (2013). User and organisational responses to biomass district heating. Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning, 167 (1), 35-41.
WALSHAM, Aimee (2012). Briefing : Understanding the impact of housing modernisation from the bottom up. Journal of Urban Design and Planning, 165 (1), 7-10.
WALSHAW, Aimee (2011). From house to home : residents’ perceptions of housing modernisation. Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 4 (3), 269-278.
GOODCHILD, Barry and WALSHAW, Aimee (2011). Towards zero carbon homes in England? From inception to partial implementation. Housing Studies, 26 (6), 933-949.
Dr Aimee Ambrose is a Principal Research Fellow in Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR). She is a qualified town planner and an expert in domestic energy efficiency.
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