Andrew is a social scientist, educator and community organiser with interests in grassroots action for sustainability, action research and the psychology and social 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 the "Leading Change for Sustainability" course within DMU's Energy and Sustainable Development Masters programme, which focuses on behaviour change and changes in social and organisational systems.
Current 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.
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 the Institute for Education Futures (IEF) committee, supporting the development of pedagogic research, and is a member of the Research Training Committee, supporting development of training for PhD students.
Previously at DMU, Andrew ran a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project to provide support to grassroots 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.h
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 also works occasionally as an energy efficiency advisor, is a qualified Social Enterprise Support worker and teaches and tutors students studying ecological design with the Permaculture Association.