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Dr Andrew Reeves

Job: Lecturer in Energy and Sustainable Development / Learning Development

Faculty: Technology

School/department: School of Engineering and Sustainable Development

Research group(s): Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)

Address: IESD, Queens Building,De Montfort University,Leicester,LE1 9BH, UK

T: +44 (0)116 250 6569




Personal profile

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.

Research group affiliations

Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD)

Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS)

Institute for Education Futures (IEF)

Publications and outputs 

Click here to view a full listing of Andrew Reeves' publications and outputs.

Key research outputs

Jump-starting transition? Catalysing grassroots action on climate change
Reeves, A., Lemon, M. and Cook, D. (2014) Jump-starting transition? Catalysing grassroots action on climate change. Energy Efficiency, 7 (1), pp. 115-132

Making it viable: exploring the influence of organisational context on efforts to achieve deep carbon emission cuts in existing UK social housing.
Reeves, A. (2010) Making it viable: exploring the influence of organisational context on efforts to achieve deep carbon emission cuts in existing UK social housing. Energy Efficiency, 4 (1), pp. 75-92

Modelling the potential to achieve deep carbon emission cuts in existing UK social housing: The case of Peabody.
Reeves, A., Taylor, S. and Fleming, P. (2010) Modelling the potential to achieve deep carbon emission cuts in existing UK social housing: The case of Peabody. Energy Policy, 38 (8), pp. 4241-4251.

Research interests/expertise

Sustainable Communities

Education for Sustainable Development

Energy Efficiency

Conservation Psychology


Social Enterprise

Learning Development

Areas of teaching

Module Leader: Leading Change for Sustainability (MSc Energy and Sustainable Development).

Deputy Module Leader: Dissertation (MSc Energy and Sustainable Development)

Doctoral Writing Support: Co-lead of the Writing Group for Research Students, co-ordinator of drop-in support for PhD students.

Learning Development: Support for all DMU students with developing academic competences through tutorials, workshops and guest lectures


PhD         Energy and Sustainable Development (De Montfort University)         2006-2009

MMath     Mathematics (four-year masters degree, 1st class, hons)                  1996-2000

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA), August 2015 -

Member of Schumacher Institute, October 2015 -

Member of Sustainability Transitions Research Network, January 2015 -

Conference attendance

Presented at Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) Conference, London, August 2017.

Presented at International Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE), Leicester, June 2017

Presented at Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) Conference, Hull, April 2017.

Presented at International Energy Policy and Programme Evaluation Conference (IEPPEC), Amsterdam, June 2016.

Presented at Chesshire Lehmann Fund Conference: "In Sickness and in Health: Evidence of the impact of fuel poverty on health and wellbeing, and the solutions", London, November 2015.

Presented at "International Permaculture Conference", London, September 2015.

Presented at "WholeSEM: What do we know about influencing household energy use?", Winchester, March 2015.

Presented at "Inspiring Sustainability through Community Learning", Derbyshire Eco Centre, Wirksworth, March 2014.

Presented at ECEEE (European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) Summer Study in La Colle sur Loup, France, June 2009.

Consultancy work

Provided consultancy for the Energy Saving Trust on renewable energy supply chains in the East Midlands in 2009.

Current research students

  • Molla Alemu - 2nd Supervisor
  • Andrew Simmons - 2nd Supervisor

Professional esteem indicators

  • Peer Reviewer for Energy Research and Social Science Journal (2017-)
  • Peer Reviewer for "Environmental Values" journal (2014 - )
  • Peer Reviewer for "Structural Survey" journal (2012)

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