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Dr. Brenda BOARDMAN Leader of Lower Carbon Futures, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford


 Brenda is head of the Lower Carbon Futures team. Her main research focus is on energy efficiency and the way that energy is used in British homes, particularly by low-income households, i.e. fuel poverty. She considers the economic, social and technical aspects of the subject and her work has a strong policy emphasis. She has been a member of the DTI's Energy Advisory Panel and is widely viewed as one of the most experienced in her field.
 Brenda has a leading role in the new UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), which launched this October. Brenda and her team s research focus on demand-side energy issues in the UK. In addition, as part of the UKERC, Oxford University and the Environmental Change Institute are hosting the Meeting Place , which will bring together national and international energy experts to discuss and debate energy topics.
 Brenda's other major projects include the 40% House Project (funded by the Tyndall Centre) and Carbon Vision = Building Market Transformation (funded by the Carbon Trust and ESPRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council). Both projects are looking at how dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved in the built environment by 2050.
 Brenda also teaches on the MSc Environmental Change and Management.


Competition for the Poor. Liberalisation of electricity supply and fuel poverty: lessons from Great Britain for Northern Ireland. Environmental Change Insitute, University of Oxford, 2002
4CE - Consumer choice and carbon consciousness: Electricity disclosure in Europe. Final project report. Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford. ECI research report number 28, 2003
New directions for household energy efficiency: evidence from the UK. Energy Policy, 32 (17): 1921 - 1933, 2004
Starting on the road to sustainability. Environmentally Sustainable Buildings: Challenges and Policies. Building Research and Information (May-June 2004) 32(3), 264-268, 2004


She was awarded an MBE in 1998 for her work on energy issues.