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Katherine Shanae Ellsworth-Krebs


Katherine Shanae Ellsworth-Krebs
Postal address:
School of Geog & Sustainable Devt
Irvine Building
St Andrews

United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 463923

Research overview

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs is an interdisciplinary energy researcher interested in how ‘normal’ expectations of home are becoming increasingly energy demanding. Much of her work aims to bring the wealth of scholarship on the meaning and making of home into energy debates and she is best known for her publication ‘Home-ing in on domestic energy research: ‘house,’ ‘home’ and the importance of ontology’. She is currently working on a Carnegie Trust funded project ‘Is Bigger Better? Comparing Expectations and Experiences of House Size in the UK and Australia’ which builds on her PhD work exploring the meaning of ‘home comfort’ with occupants of zero-carbon homes in Scotland, UK. 

Towards the end of her PhD, Katherine contributed to Dr. Louise Reid’s ESRC funded research on energy prosumption, investigating householder’s experiences of installing and living with microgeneration technologies in the UK and the Netherlands.

She defended her PhD from the University of St Andrews in July 2016 and has held her post as Lecturer at the same institution since the beginning of 2017. She tweets as @Ellsworth_Krebs. If you are interested in finding out more then visit

Keywords: sustainable development, energy demand, everyday life, home



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