Dr Harriet Thomson email@example.com | @harrimus SUMMARY Dr Harriet Thomson is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester, and Associate Editor of the international journal Energy Research & Social Science. Prior to this role, Harriet undertook a PhD in Social Policy at the University of York entitled ‘Fuel Poverty in the European Union: A Multi-Methods Study’. Her doctoral research involved qualitative analysis of EU policy documents spanning 2001 to 2014, and applied statistical analysis of EU-SILC micro data from 2007 to 2011 to produce a new household-level index and associated dashboard of fuel poverty across the EU. Over the last 7 years, Harriet has actively contributed to research and high-level European and national policy discussions on fuel poverty. Her publications on pan-EU indicators and measurement of fuel poverty are widely cited within the academic and policy literature, and played an influential role in two earlier European Commission funded reports on energy poverty (Pye et al., 2015; Rademaekers et al., 2016). In 2011, Harriet founded the EU Fuel Poverty Network, which is a widely recognised online portal that aims to raise awareness of fuel poverty issues across the EU. EDUCATION The University of York, October 2011 – June 2015 PhD Social Policy, ESRC funded and in collaboration with National Energy Action External examiner: Dr Brenda Boardman • Thesis: “Fuel Poverty in the European Union: A Multi-Methods Study”. • Research included an analysis of European Union policy documents from 2001 to 2014 drawing on historical institutionalism, and construction of a household-level composite index of EU fuel poverty. • Utilised NVivo, SPSS, Stata and Office software packages. The University of York, October 2010 – September 2011 MRes Social Policy (distinction), Eaga-CT and department funded • Dissertation: “Qualifying and quantifying fuel poverty across the 27 EU Member States using consensual indicators”. • Formal training in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including SPSS and ATLAS.ti software. The University of York, October 2007 – June 2010 B.A. (Hons) Social Policy (1st Class) • A range of modules were taken, including: Social Research Methods; Sustainable Development & Social Inclusion; Economics; Society & Social Policy; Housing Policy; and Analysing Welfare Policy. 1
Dr Harriet Thomson RESEARCH EXPERIENCE School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, December 2016 – present Project Manager • Project manager of a new European Commission funded EU Observatory on Energy Poverty, which will produce numerous outputs over a three year period, including a new interactive website, case studies, research reports, and specialist events. School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, June 2015 – present Postdoctoral Research Associate in Geography • Interdisciplinary mixed-methods research within the Collaboratory for Urban Resilience and Energy as part of the Energy Vulnerability and Urban Transitions in Europe project led by Professor Stefan Bouzarovski. • This study applies a vulnerability framework to the study of energy poverty, with a focus on the ways in which urban policies and institutions, the built fabric and everyday practices shape energy use. School of Psychology, University of Ulster, February 2014 – September 2014 (fixed-term contract) Research Associate • Wide ranging multi-methods research in the Housing and Human Wellbeing Research Group, led by Professor Christine Liddell. The role included running focus groups with industry stakeholders, analysis of qualitative data using NVivo, literature reviews, production of journal articles, and grant writing. • Culminated in contributions to the following key outputs: a fuel poverty strategy for a large Housing Association; a feasibility study of biomass heating in Northern Ireland and peer-reviewed journal article; a market research report on energy efficiency loans; and an evidence review of energy brokering. Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York October 2010 – March 2011, and October 2012 – February 2013, November 2014 - February 2015 Research Assistant, part time • Secondary analysis of the Family Resources Survey and Living Costs and Food Survey for the project ‘Heat or Eat: Food and Austerity’, led by Dr Carolyn Snell and Dr Hannah Lambie-Mumford (Sheffield). • Secondary data analysis of the English Housing Survey for the project 'Fuel Poverty and disabled people: the impact of policy change', led by Dr Carolyn Snell. • Analysis of the Family Resources Survey and Expenditure and Food Survey to identify fuel poor households and assess eligibility for fuel poverty alleviation schemes. TEACHING EXPERIENCE School of Environment, Education and Development, University of Manchester, 2015 - present
Developed a module on fuel poverty for an energy-themed MOOC, February-April 2016.
Guest workshop leader on second/third year undergraduate option module ‘Sustainable Development and Social Inclusion’, January 2013 and 2015.
Guest lecturer and demonstrator on supplementary undergraduate course ‘Social Media for Social Policy’, June 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Guest lecturer on third year undergraduate module ‘Energy, Society and Space’, 2015 and 2016. Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York, 2011 - 2015
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Seminar leader for first year undergraduate module ‘Introducing Social Policy’, academic year 2011/12. Demonstrator on the masters module ‘Advanced Quantitative Methods’, Spring Term 2012. Co-delivered social science taster days for Year 11 – 13 students in 2011 and 2012.
RELEVANT NON-ACADEMIC WORK Yorkshire Energy Partnership, York, July 2009 – September 2009 Renewable Energy Project Management Intern • Internship at an energy service company, which involved project management of two renewable energy grant schemes for solar thermal and ground source heat pumps. • Gained familiarity with delivery of grant schemes for renewable energy and energy efficiency. TRAINING • Spatial Analysis module, Department of Environment, Winter Term 2014. Introduced participants to spatial analysis using GIS software, including the package ArcGIS. • Biostatistics in Research Practice module, Department of Health Sciences, Summer Term 2013. Addressed the principles of health data analysis and using the statistical software package STATA. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES • Associate Editor, Energy Research and Social Science, June 2016-present. • Founder and managing editor of the EU Fuel Poverty Network, www.fuelpoverty.eu 2011-present. This is a leading online portal for information about fuel poverty, with over 20,600 visitors since re-launching in November 2012, guest articles written by around 30 key stakeholders, and a team of volunteers. • Co-organizer, Fuel poverty in policy and practice - a postgraduate symposium, November 2012, Sheffield. • Reviewer of book and journal article manuscripts: Ashgate Publishing, Energy Policy, Energy Research and Social Science, Energy Efficiency, Housing Studies, Indoor and Built Environment. GRANTS AND AWARDS
Co-PI (with Stefan Bouzarovski) on a European Commission service tender ‘EU Observatory on Energy Poverty’, 2016-2019, €813,000.
British Council Researcher Links funded place on a Sustainable Cities workshop in Astana, Kazakhstan, 26th to 30th January 2015.
Eaga Charitable Trust grant 2013 (£4,726) for a pilot study on 'Fuel poverty measurement in Europe', which involved a pilot survey in eight EU Member States, and production of a trilingual toolkit.
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Social Policy Association Postgraduate Small Grant 2012 (£470) for a postgraduate symposium. Eaga Charitable Trust grant 2012 (£774) for the project “EU Fuel Poverty Network”. UK Economic and Social Research Council White Rose DTC PhD Studentship 2011 (ca. £54, 500). Chesshire Lehmann funded place at National Energy Action’s Annual Conference 2011. Eaga Charitable Trust Masters Bursary 2011 (£1,000). Department of Social Policy and Social Work MRes Scholarship 2010 (£1,500).
Dr Harriet Thomson Submitted and in preparation
Assisted with grant writing for a revised bid to the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) scheme (PI: Stefan Bouzarovski, (ca. €520,000), submitted in April 2016. This had a network of nearly 70 secondary proposers from 24 countries worldwide.
PUBLICATIONS Edited volume In preparation Simcock, N., Thomson, H., Petrova, S., and Bouzarovski, S. (eds). 2017. Energy Poverty and Vulnerability: A Global Perspective. Oxford: Routledge. Refereed journal articles Published Thomson, H. (Accepted) A Consensual Index of Fuel Poverty in Europe: Development and Applications. Journal of European Social Policy, accepted for publication subject to major revisions. Thomson, H., Bouzarovski, S., Snell, C. (Accepted) Re-visioning the measurement of energy poverty in Europe: a critical analysis of indicators and data. Indoor and Built Environment accepted for publication subject to minor revisions. Thomson, H., Snell, C. and Liddell, C. (2016) Fuel poverty in the European Union: a concept in need of definition? People, Place and Policy special edition on international perspectives on fuel poverty, 10: 5-24. Liddell, C., Morris, C., Thomson, H., and Guiney, C. (2016) Excess winter deaths in 32 European countries: a critical review of methods. Journal of Public Health, DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdv184 Snell, C., Bevan, M., and Thomson, H. (2015) Welfare reform, disabled people and fuel poverty. Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 23: 229-244. Snell, C., Bevan, M., and Thomson, H. (2015) Justice, fuel poverty and disabled people in England. Energy Research & Social Science, 10: 123–132. Thomson, H., and Liddell, C. (2015) The suitability of wood pellet heating for domestic households: a review of literature. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 42: 1362–1369. Thomson, H. and Snell, C. (2013) Quantifying the prevalence of fuel poverty across the European Union. Energy Policy, 52: 563-572. Under review Bouzarovski, S., and Thomson, H. (Submitted) Silent spaces of material deprivation: Unravelling energy vulnerability within the grain of the city. Under Review, Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Thomson, H., Snell, C., and Bouzarovski, S. (Submitted). A comparative study of fuel poverty, health and wellbeing across 32 European countries. Under review, Health and Place. Book chapters Published Snell, C., and Thomson, H. (2016) Definitions and indicators of energy poverty. In K. Csiba (eds.) Energy Poverty Handbook, 2016, Brussels. Thomson, H., Tod, A., and Snell, C. (2016) Key issues in health and fuel poverty. In K. Csiba (eds.) Energy Poverty Handbook, 2016, Brussels.
Dr Harriet Thomson Snell, C., and Thomson, H. (2013) Reconciling fuel poverty and climate change policy under the Coalition government: Green deal or no deal? In: G. Ramia and K. Farnsworth (eds.) Social Policy Review 25: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2013, The Policy Press. Under review Thomson, H., and Bouzarovski, S. (Submitted) Europe’s energy geographies. In: K. Calvert and Soloman, B. (eds.) Handbook on the Geographies of Energy. In preparation Brunner, K-M., Mandl, S., and Thomson, H. (In preparation) Energy Poverty, Energy Equity in a World of High Demand and Low Supply. In: D. J. Davidson and M. Gross (eds.) Energy and Society Handbook, Oxford University Press. Research reports Thomson, H., and Liddell, C. (2014) An evidence review of energy brokering options for households in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Bryson Energy. Liddell, C., Morris, C., and Thomson, H. (2014) A Warm Welcome: An evidence-based strategy for tackling fuel poverty among Clúid Housing Association tenants. Dublin: Clúid Housing Association. Bryson Energy and the University of Ulster (2014) HEaT Programme Market Research Report. Belfast: Strategic Investment Board. Gray, B., Thomson, H., and Liddell, C. (2014) Low income households & wood pellet boilers in Northern Ireland: A feasibility study. University of Ulster and Oak Foundation. Snell, C., Bevan, M. and Thomson, H. (2014). Fuel Poverty and Disabled People: the impact of policy change (research summary for Eaga charitable trust). Thomson, H., and Snell, C. (2014) Fuel Poverty Measurement in Europe: a Pilot Study. University of York. Thomson, H. (2013) Fuel Poverty Measurement in Europe: A rapid review of existing knowledge and approaches conducted for Eaga Charitable Trust. University of York. Thomson, H., Snell, C., and Bevan, M. (2013). Fuel Poverty and Disability: a statistical analysis of the English Housing Survey - Deliverable 1. University of York. Other publications Thomson, H. (2013) The EU Fuel Poverty Toolkit: an introductory guide to identifying and measuring fuel poverty. University of York. [Available in French and German too]. Thomson, H., and Snell, C. (2013) Energy Poverty in the EU – Policy Brief. Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York. Walker, R., Thomson, H., and Liddell, C. (2013) Fuel Poverty 1991 – 2012: Commemorating 21 years of action, policy and research. University of Ulster. Media • November 2014, interview for the Portuguese Smart Cities Magazine on energy poverty in the EU. • September 2014, interview for the Foundation for European Progressive Studies Queries magazine on fuel poverty in the EU. Available: http://goo.gl/CSXxsF. • November 2013, interview for Finnish energy magazine Energiauutiset on energy poverty in Europe. 5
Dr Harriet Thomson CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS Invited presentations Thomson, H. (2016) invited keynote speaker at the 1st Catalan Congress on Energy Poverty, 3rd November 2016, Sabadell. Thomson, H. (2016) ‘Energy poverty in Europe and its relationship to the Energy Union strategy’. Invited speaker at a European Economic and Social Committee meeting, 13th September 2016, Brussels. Thomson, H. (2016) invited panellist for a session hosted by DG Energy, European Commission, during the EU Sustainable Energy Week, 15th June 2016, Brussels. Thomson, H. (2015) ‘Fuel poverty and energy vulnerability in Europe: Definitions and indicators’. Invited speaker at ‘Promoting Sustainable Energy: Data quality to support local action’, workshop hosted by the DATA4ACTION project and Covenant of Mayors, 19th November 2015, Turin. Thomson, H. (2015) ‘Ameliorating energy vulnerability in Europe: Findings from the EVALUATE project’. Invited speaker at ‘The Consumer and Internal Energy Market Aspects of Energy Poverty’ workshop hosted by the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament, 16th September 2015, Brussels. Thomson, H. (2015) ‘Exploring the incidence and intensity of fuel poverty in the EU’. Invited speaker at a workshop on current theory and practice around energy vulnerability, 14th May 2015, Manchester. Thomson, H. (2014) ‘Arguments for a pan-European theoretical framework’. Invited speaker at the ‘Fighting energy poverty: towards a European political framework as new driver for action?’ conference hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee, March 2014, Brussels. Thomson, H. (2014) ‘The perception and incidence of fuel poverty across the European Union’. Invited speaker at the ‘Energy Vulnerability in Europe’ workshop hosted by the Vulnerable Consumer Working Group of the European Commission, February 2014, Brussels. Thomson, H. (2013) ‘Fuel poverty in Europe’. Invited speaker at the East Midlands Carbon Action Network meeting, 6th June 2013, Corby. Thomson, H. (2012) ‘Developing a typology of European fuel poverty’. Invited speaker at the European Energy Policy: Saving the Environment and Cutting Costs Conference, 30th May 2012, London. Thomson, H. (2011) ‘Qualifying and quantifying fuel poverty across the European Union using consensual indicators’. Invited presentation to the Coalition for Energy Savings debate on fuel poverty and energy efficiency, November 2011, Brussels. Conferences Thomson, H. (2016) ‘Exploring the Concept of ‘Vulnerable Customers’ in Policymaking and the Implications for Energy Vulnerability in Europe’. Presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, 1st April 2016, San Francisco. 6
Dr Harriet Thomson Thomson, H. (2013) ‘Public perceptions and experiences of energy vulnerabilities in European countries’. Presented at Energy Vulnerability Conditions and Pathways: Towards a research and policy agenda, 21st May 2013, Manchester. Thomson, H. (2013) ‘Fuel Poverty and Disability: analysis of the English Housing Survey’. Presented at Fuel Poverty and disabled people: the impact of policy change, 11th February 2013, London. Thomson, H. (2012) ‘The growing phenomenon of fuel poverty across the European Union’. Presented at Fuel poverty in policy and practice – a postgraduate symposium, 16th November 2012, Sheffield. Snell, C. and Thomson, H. (2012) ‘Reconciling fuel poverty and climate change policy under the coalition government: Green deal or no deal?’ Presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the East Asian Social Policy Research Network and the United Kingdom Social Policy Association, 16-18 July 2012, York. Thomson, H. (2012) ‘Quantifying the emergence of fuel poverty across the European Union’. Presented at the Energy & Society Conference, 22-24 March 2012, Lisbon.