Timothy Lee

  • My research is concerned with the energy efficient retrofitting of the housing stock.  In particular, I am keen to be able to understand, quantify and model, the drivers and barriers to change that impact on the decision making of dwelling owners considering low carbon and energy saving technologies.  Therefore my research is timely and relevant and of particular interest to policy makers investigating how to manage energy demand and limited resources, and has societal impact in helping to manage fuel poverty by assisting in reducing energy bills via the installation of energy saving technologies in the home. By achieving a better understanding of dwelling owners’ decision making, it will be possible for policy makers to develop more effective policies to secure a low carbon future and improve housing quality and performance.


    University of Reading (2009–2013) PhD – The development of a novel agent based long term domestic energy stock model. Submission date: 29 April 2013
    Northumbria University (2006 – 2008) MSc Surveying

    Journal Papers:

    Lee T, Yao R, Coker P (2014) An analysis of UK policies for domestic energy reduction using an agent based tool. Energy Policy 66 (267-279)
    Lee T, Yao R (2013) Incorporating technology buying behaviour into UK-based long term domestic stock models to provide improved policy analysis. Energy Policy 52 (363-372)
    Academic career:
    Research Associate, University of Loughborough. I worked on an EPSRC funded project analysing carbon in the North East of England.  For the project I developed a new approach to energy stock modelling to allow for a detailed geographic modelling to capture variation in the housing stock across the region. To date I have published four conference papers from my work at Loughborough and am currently finalising two journal papers.
    PhD Researcher, Reading University.  For my PhD I developed an agent based model simulating the energy saving retrofit decision making of owner-occupiers in England to model their responses to different policy interventions (eg: taxation, subsidy).  I was able to produce two journal papers for Energy Policy from this research as well as three conference papers.


    Industry experience:
    Prior to commencing my PhD I ran my own property management and estate agency firm.  This gave me valuable experience in interacting with the public and carrying out measurements in people’s homes.  I also offered mortgage and financial advice, this has provided me with a good platform for understanding the motivations of individuals and their responses to financial decisions.


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