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Science, Technology and Innovation Studies:


Faye Wade

Faye Wade
Dr Faye Wade
Career Development Fellow (Energy and Society)
B1 Chisholm House High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
+44 (0)131 650 6399
Research Interests
Climate change and energy policy, Heat, Domestic energy, Building professionals, Technology and society

Research Interests

I am an interdisciplinary energy researcher, applying a range of techniques as appropriate to understand aspects of the energy challenges of contemporary society. Most recently, my ethnographic PhD investigation explored how, through their work, heating engineers can shape the central heating technologies installed in homes and how they come to be used. In analysing the data I applied ideas from sociology, namely: communities of practice and social capital, and from science and technology studies, in particular considering: actor-network theory and practice theory. I am currently exploring ways to take this research agenda forward through the application of qualitative approaches to better understand the role of construction professionals and intermediary actors in achieving reductions in the energy consumed through buildings. 

Prior to this, I completed a masters in Energy Demand Studies at UCL, and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry which included a year working as an Analytical Chemist at AstraZeneca. 

I am also a co-coordinator of the STIS Seminar Series, and a member and coordinator of the School's Energy and Society Research Group which brings together energy research in sociology, science, technology and innovation studies (STIS), social anthropology and political science. 


PhD, Energy and Human Dimensions, UCL

MRes, Energy Demand Studies, UCL

MChem, Chemistry with a Year in Industry, University of York

Recent Publications

Wade, F., Murtagh, N., Hitchings, R. 2017. Managing professional jurisdiction and domestic energy use. Building Research & Information. DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2017.1324698

Wade, F., Shipworth, M. & Hitchings, R. 2017. How installers select and explain domestic heating controls. Building Research & Information, 45(4), pp.371-383.

Wade, F., Hitchings, R. & Shipworth, M.  2016. Understanding the missing middlemen of domestic heating: installers as a community of professional practice in the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science, 19, pp. 39-47.

Wade, F., Shipworth, M. & Hitchings, R. 2016. Influencing the central heating technologies installed in homes: the role of social capital in supply chain networks. Energy Policy, 95, pp.52-60.


Science and Society 1a (STIS08004)

Energy Policy & Sustainability (STIS10008)

Investigating Energy Consumption & Policy (Undergraduate - STIS10011)

Investigating Energy Consumption & Policy (Postgraduate - PGSP11473)

Guidance and Feedback Hours

Semester 1: Tuesdays 10:30 - 12:30 (or by appointment)

Semester 2: Thursdays 09:00 - 11:00 (or by appointment)

Topics Interested in Supervising

energy and society; building/ construction professionals;  energy in the built environment; ethnography; qualitative research