Jane May Morrison
PhD Research Student
Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
I started out, back at home in Scotland, in the Humanities and Social Sciences. I was awarded my MA in Scottish Literature and Linguistics in 2010, and my MRes in Sociology and Research Methods in 2014 (with a brief gap in between to run my own eco small business).
During my MRes, I developed my focus on environmental issues in particular. My MRes dissertation was on rationales of ‘naturalness’ in different diets, conducting focus group studies on how vegan, vegetarian and omnivorous eaters all variously conceptualized their own philosophies of food as ‘natural’ in different ways.
In 2016, I was accepted at Exeter for an EPSRC-funded studentship, to complete a PhD on the socio-technical realities of low-carbon heating. I began my PhD in January 2017.
Although I come from a different disciplinary background than Human Geography, this additional perspective has been useful - I often see ‘crossover’ points between my current and former disciplines.
Broad research specialisms:
I am interested in the intersections between new ‘green’ energy technologies and society.
This can also include: low-carbon energy transitions, decarbonization policy, community energy, heat technologies, Practice Theories, domestic energy use, low-carbon diets and veganism, climate change, environmentally-conscious behaviors and the psychology behind them, human-animal studies, gender as relates to energy, and the history/evolution of domestic energy practices.
At the moment, my research is particularly looking at low-carbon heating. My case study is the local newly-build town of Cranbrook, on the eastern side of Exeter. I conduct surveys and interviews with residents and stakeholders there, to try and chronologically chart the town’s sustainability aspirations (including its E.On District Heating Network) and how these have evolved over time.
My other (non-PhD) academic interest is feminist literature, with my speculative-fiction novel due for publication in 2019/2020.
MA Joint Honours Scottish Literature/English Language (University of Glasgow)
MRes Sociology and Research Methods (University of Glasgow)