Laura Brinker

Laura Brinker

Geography and the Environment (2015 cohort)

I am part of the Lower Carbon Futures Group at ECI. My PhD project aims to contribute to the understanding of political dimensions of energy transitions. In particular, the research will investigate how retail markets for electricity and gas are designed and governed in the UK and California, and how these rules implicate decentralised low-carbon energy resources.

In this context I am specifically interested in energy efficiency, distributed generation, distributed storage and demand side response. This project is aimed at delivering lessons for the design of energy markets and the requirements for low-carbon transitions and innovation on the demand side.

I graduated with a degree in Political Science from the Free University in Berlin, also having studied at the University of Edinburgh and completed research on Indian energy efficiency policy (DAAD-grant) in affiliation with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi. Before starting my doctorate, I studied ‘Nature, Society and Environmental Policy’ (NSEP) at Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment.

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