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Dr Ben Anderson 

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Dr Ben Anderson is Principal Research Fellow within the Energy & Climate Change Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Originally from a natural sciences background, I have a BSc in Biology and Computer Science (Southampton University, UK), a PhD in Computer Studies (Loughborough University, UK) and wide-ranging experience of leading high quality research projects in the commercial and academic sectors.

I am currently developing a multi-funder portfolio of research projects with a particular focus on domestic water and energy demand. Interests include ‘big’ data-driven analysis of habitual energy and water consumption; the impacts of interventions or natural socio-technical change on patterns of demand and the linkage of 'appliance' monitoring with traditional forms of social science data in support of socio-technical innovation.

I have provided advice and consultancy to the UK Departments for Environment & Rural Affairs and Energy & Climate Change, the Scottish Government, water/energy sector corporates and NGOs on patterns of domestic energy & water use. In addition I have previously provided research consultancy to NGOs, corporate clients and governmental organisations including Ofcom, the Department of Health, the EU JRC, the UK Cabinet Office and the UK Parliament Welsh Affairs Committee on patterns and trends of ICT and media use.

Research interests

  • The relationship between sustainable behaviour, the structuring effects of habits and routines, consumption infrastructures and socio-technological change with a particular interest in energy, water and telecommunications demand as well as cross-cutting socio-economic and spatial variation;
  • Insight-driven, bottom-up socio-technical innovation and adaption for sustainable living through the transformation of socio-technical research insights into strategic thinking as well as innovative product, application and service concepts.

Research projects

Current projects include:

  • NERC funded IMPETUS project to develop water demand models under drought conditions;
  • EPSRC funded City-Wide Analysis to Propel Cities towards Resource Efficiency and Better Wellbeing project
  • Ofgem LCNF-funded SAVE: Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency project to asses the impact of a range of interventions on household electricity demand.
  • ESRC funded Administrative Data Research Centre for England (ADRC-E), lead by Professor Peter Smith of the Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
  • ESRC/EPSRC funded 'DEMAND' End User Energy Demand Centre which is examining changing patterns in mobility and building-related energy use to take forward a wide-ranging agenda for future research and policy
  • EPSRC BuildTeddi project DANCER to develop and evaluate an innovative approach to in-home energy management systems including the long term monitoring of energy use practices and their response to a range of interventions;

Previous projects include:

Research group

Energy and Climate Change

Affiliate research groups

Sustainable Energy, Administrative Data

Research project(s)

SAVE: Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency

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