Niall Kerr


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I'm an interdisciplinary energy researcher with a background in social and political science, and economics. I am currently working as the Research Fellow on the 'Effectiveness of Energy Policy and Interventions' project, where we are developing a dedicated method for Scottish energy policy assessment.

My most recent research (PhD) has considered some of the social and political aspects of efforts to energy efficiently retrofit existing buildings. I have consdiered the different political rationales for energy efficiency policy in different countries, the different narratives of home energy renovators and the overall public and private investment cases for energy efficiency (see publications).

Previous research has related to modelling the economics of low carbon transitions and the development of low-cost pathways for lowering carbon emissions in city regions. The Economics of Low Carbon Cities work involved projects in various UK cities and the development of a new method for the first Climate Smart Cities project in Kolkata, India (see reprots).

Additional research has considered the ex-post evaluation of energy savings from an energy efficienct retrofit scheme in Kirklees, England, and the trial of a revolving fund model for financing retrofit schemes (see publications).

I am a purposefully interdisciplinary researcher, generally interested in the political, social and economic aspects of transition to a mroe sustainable society. 


MSc Energy and Environment, University of Leeds

BSc Ocean Science and Technology, Heriot-Watt University


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • JA Political science (General)


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