Jan Webb

Jan Webb

UKERC Co-Director, University of Edinburgh


JAN WEBB is Professor of Sociology of Organisations at the University of Edinburgh. Her research is about the sociology of energy, Heat and the City, localised energy developments and changing practices of energy use in buildings. She is Principal Investigator of EPSRC-funded Reframing Energy Demand: Innovation for Sustainable Heat and of Local Engagement in Energy Systems (funded by the UK Energy Technologies Institute and the UK Energy Research Centre). She also works with Informatics engineers to study practices of energy use in domestic and public buildings, with funding from EPSRC.

Her research contributes to policy making. She was a member of the research team funded by the UK Government DECC to examine deployment of heat networks as a means of affordable, low carbon energy. Findings are used in the 2013 UK Government Heat Strategy, and the Report is also accessed from this webpage. She is academic member of the Scottish Government Expert Commission on District Heating, and District Heating Loans Advisory Panel, expert adviser to the Heat Regulation Working Group, and contributor to the Scottish Government Heat Networks Partnership.

She has taught organisational analysis in two Business Schools, as well as Social and Political Science, directed the Edinburgh University Graduate School in Social and Political Science, and lead the launch of the University of Edinburgh under-graduate MA in Sustainable Development.

She has also served as Non-Executive Director of NHS Health Scotland, where she had lead responsibility for carbon and energy management initiatives, and as Vice Chair of the Scottish Low Pay Unit.