Jess’ current research examines the development of heat networks in the UK and Germany with particularly focus on the role of municipal utilities. The research will explore the integration of heat networks into the energy system and models of city scale energy provision and ownership. More broadly the project aims to explore the interaction of different actors, institutions and governance in urban energy infrastructure in order to better understand scale in socio-technical transitions. She is funded by the ESRC through the South West Doctoral Training Centre.
Her broader research interests focus on low carbon innovation at a local level, particularly exploring the role of local authorities in energy governance, policy development and implementation.
After completing a BSc (Hons) in Environment Biology and Geography (first class) at the University of Liverpool, Jess worked as a sustainability manager in both local government and the NHS where she developed and delivered carbon reduction strategies and projects. She holds an MSc in Energy Policy (distinction) and an MRes in Environment, Energy and Resilience (distinction). She was also an Associate Research Fellow to the University of Exeter’s Energy Security in a Multipolar World research cluster (ESMW) in 2012/13 (see www.exeter.ac.uk/energysecurity).