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Mr Thomas Rushby MSc Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies

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Mr Thomas Rushby is Postgraduate research student within Social Sciences: Politics & International Relations at the University of Southampton.

Thomas joined the University in January 2011 as a research assistant working on the RCUK funded project ‘Community-Based Initiatives in Energy Saving’. The 4 year study aims to assess the impact of community greening groups on a roll out program of insulation upgrades in privately owned housing'.

For more information visit the Sustainable Energy Research Group websites

He has since been awarded an ESRC studentship for interdisciplinary study under the Energy, Environment and Resilience pathway commencing in October 2011.

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Thomas’ research interests include: energy performance of homes, household energy behaviour, fuel poverty, energy and climate change policy and governance, and personal carbon trading (PCT) schemes.


Prior to joining the University Thomas completed an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the University of East London. The title of his MSc thesis was ‘An investigation into a needs-based approach to setting carbon allowances under personal carbon trading’. This work developed a novel approach to allocating emissions rights under a carbon trading scheme for domestic energy consumption.

Thomas aims to extend this work to explore the political and institutional framing of PCT policies, and the opportunities and barriers to implementation of such schemes in the policy process.

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Professor Graham Smith (Politics and International Relations)
Dr Patrick James (Civil Engineering and the Environment)
Milena Büchs (Sociology, Social Policy & Applied Social Sciences)

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