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- Job title:
- Research Fellow (Technology Futures Institute)
- School of Science & Engineering
- Research institute:
- Technology Futures Institute
About Tracey Crosbie
Dr Tracey Crosbie (PhD) is a Senior Research Fellow. She has been researching issues associated the development of sustainable urban environments for more than twelve years. Currently she leads a work package in an EC funded FP7 project entitled SEMANCO - Semantic Technologies for Carbon Reduction in Urban Planning. SEMANCO is exploring how ICTs can be used to inform urban planning by assessing different alternatives for reducing CO2 emissions from our neighbourhoods, cities and regions. Dr Crosbie’s work focuses on identifying user requirements to inform the selection, design, integration and implementation of the tools developed within project. She also participated in a recently concluded FP7 funded project called IntUBE - Intelligent Use of Buildings’ Energy Information. This project focused on developing new methods of integrating the ICTs used in the design and operation of buildings with the aim of facilitating improvements in the energy performance of buildings and the measurement of that performance.
Dr Crosbie has also recently worked in a senior research capacity for Newcastle University and Manchester University. During her time at Manchester she worked closely with Professor Simon Guy. Their work focused on the social construction of household energy consuming practices. This research formed part of a project entitled ‘Carbon Reduction in Buildings: A socio-technical, longitudinal study of carbon use in buildings’ (CaRB).
In line with the demands of research into the issues surrounding sustainability Dr Crosbie’s academic background spans both the social and technical sciences. Her PhD awarded by the University of Newcastle, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape (2004) explores the social and environmental impacts of the new business practices that arose out of the privatisation and liberalisation of the utilities industries. This built upon her previously awarded academic qualifications which include an MSc in IT awarded by Teesside University, a Postgraduate Certificate (PGc) in Social Welfare and Social Work awarded by the University of Northumbria and a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy awarded by the University of Durham.
Her recent work is published in journals such as Energy Policy, Energy and Environment, Urban Studies, Environment and Planning A, Building Research & Information, Management of Environmental Quality, Automation in Construction, The Journal of Research Practice and Flux: International Scientific Quarterly on Networks and Territories.
Dr Crosbie’s current research interests primarily involve the development of socio-technical approaches to understanding issues of sustainability in domestic and commercial settings with a particular focus on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the relationship between energy consumption, people and the urban environment.
These interests grew from her recent research which builds upon the work underpinning her PhD thesis [completed in 2004] which focuses on the social and environmental implications of the privatisation and liberalisation of the utilities industries.
The methodological approach adopted has its roots in the social construction of technology. The case studies underpinning the thesis, explore the social and environmental potential of three examples of the new ICTs introduced into the provision of home based services at the turn of the century and the exploitation of this potential by domestic utility service providers.