Jessica Britton (previously Whiting) (nee Whiting )
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Stella Turk Building G2.28
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE
Jess’ current research examines the development of heat networks in the UK and Germany with particularly focus on the role of municipal utilities. The research will explore the integration of heat networks into the energy system and models of city scale energy provision and ownership. More broadly the project aims to explore the interaction of different actors, institutions and governance in urban energy infrastructure in order to better understand scale in socio-technical transitions. She is funded by the ESRC through the South West Doctoral Training Centre.
Her broader research interests focus on low carbon innovation at a local level, particularly exploring the role of local authorities in energy governance, policy development and implementation.
After completing a BSc (Hons) in Environment Biology and Geography (first class) at the University of Liverpool, Jess worked as a sustainability manager in both local government and the NHS where she developed and delivered carbon reduction strategies and projects. She holds an MSc in Energy Policy (distinction) and an MRes in Environment, Energy and Resilience (distinction). She was also an Associate Research Fellow to the University of Exeter’s Energy Security in a Multipolar World research cluster (ESMW) in 2012/13 (see www.exeter.ac.uk/energysecurity).
Broad research specialisms:
Energy policy; socio-technical transitions; low carbon heat; local governance; energy security
Britton J and Woodman B (2014) Local Enterprise Partnerships and the low-carbon economy: Front runners, uncertainty and divergence, Local Economy 29: 617-634, lec.sagepub.com/content/29/6-7/617.full.pdf.
Connor P M, Xie L, Lowes R, Britton J, Richardson T (forthcoming) The development of renewable heating policy in the United Kingdom, Renewable Energy 75:733-744, www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960148114006831.
Catherine Mitchell; Jim Watson, and Jessica Whiting (editors) (2013) New Challenges in Energy Security: The UK in a Multipolar World, Palgrave Macmillian. www.palgrave.com/page/detail/new-challenges-in-energy-security-catherine-mitchell/?K=9781137298843.
Iain Soutar and Jessica Whiting (2013). Energy Security Policy in Britain: Markets, Complexity and Challenges. In Mitchell, C.; Watson, J. and Whiting, J. (eds.) New Challenges in Energy Security: The UK in a Multipolar World, Palgrave Macmillian. www.palgrave.com/page/detail/new-challenges-in-energy-security-catherine-mitchell/?K=9781137298843.
BSc Environmental Biology and Geography
MSc Energy Policy
MRes Environment, Energy and Resilience
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Associate