Andrew is a social scientist, educator and community organiser with interests in education for sustainable development, action research and the behavioural dynamics of engagement with climate change and sustainability.
He has two roles at DMU: as a Senior Lecturer within the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD); and as a Lecturer in learning development within the Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS).
Andrew is a member of DMU's Sustainable Development Task Force and is the academic lead at the university for embedding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within teaching and learning.
Andrew is module leader for "Leading Change for Sustainability", a module within DMU's Energy and Sustainable Development Masters programme, which focuses on behaviour change and the practice of designing for change within social and organisational systems.
Current/recent research projects include:
- eTeacher - an exploration into energy-saving behaviour change in buildings across Europe, using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to engage building users
- Sustainable Harborough - an evaluation of an area-based initiative to promote sustainability through community participation
Andrew currently co-supervises three PhD students, each looking at local sustainability initiatives in an international context (in Ethiopia, Nigeria and the Caribbean).
Key aspects of Andrew's CLaSS role include supporting online provision of learning support, assisting postgraduate learning and engaging in practice-based research.
Andrew is a member of DMU’s Research Training Committee, supporting development of training for PhD students, and contributes to working groups on online and participatory approaches to teaching and learning.
Previously at DMU, Andrew ran a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project to provide support to area-based climate change initiatives in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Andrew's PhD thesis explored the viability of achieving deep carbon emission cuts in existing social housing stock from an economic, social and technical perspective.
Outside of his role at DMU, Andrew has co-founded a number of Leicester-based grassroots sustainability initiatives and is currently a trustee of Leicester Masaya Link Group, a twinning and sustainability education charity. Andrew is also a qualified Social Enterprise Support worker, a mentor for the European Union’s Climate Change Knowledge and Innovation Community (Climate KIC), and teaches and tutors students studying ecological design with the Permaculture Association.