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Heather Lovell

Heather Lovell

Professor of Energy and Society
Geography & Spatial Sciences

Room 433 , Social Sciences Building

+61 3 6226 7243 (phone)

Heather.Lovell@utas.edu.au

Professor Heather Lovell is an ARC Future Fellow and holds a joint position in the School of Social Sciences and the School of Technology, Environments and Design at the University of Tasmania. She researches processes of policy and technology change, and has a particular focus on innovation in the energy sector.

Biography

Professor Lovell completed her PhD at Cambridge University in the UK (2005). Before joining the University of Tasmania in 2015, Heather was a Reader (Associate Professor) at Edinburgh University. She previously held posts at Durham and Oxford Universities in the UK, as well as a Research Fellowship in UK Parliament. Prior to commencing her PhD she worked in environmental consultancy.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDThe governance of emerging socio-technical systems: the case of low energy housing in the UKUniversity of 
Cambridge
United Kingdom2005
MScEnvironmental Change and ManagementOxford UniversityUnited Kingdom1998
BA(Hons)GeographyUniversity of CambridgeUnited Kingdom1997

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Institute of Australian Geographers
  • Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers (UK)

Administrative expertise

  • Interdisciplinary Research Lead and Associate Head-Research, School of Technology, Environments and Design (2018-19)
  • Founder and Co-Director of university-wide energy research group Future Energy (2017-present)
  • Research Co-ordinator, School of Social Sciences, UTAS (2016)
  • University Research Themes Working Group (2016)
  • University Research Committee Member, UTAS (2015-16)
  • Head of Environment and Society Research Group, University of Edinburgh (2013-15)

Teaching

Environmental change and sustainability, Energy policy and politics, Sociotechnical transitions, Theory and processes of innovation, Carbon markets, Carbon accounting, Environmental markets

Teaching expertise

Heather commences teaching at UTAS in mid-2020, and has not been teaching prior to this because of her ARC Future Fellowship.

Heather has teaching expertise and capabilities in: Energy policy and politics, Energy and Society, Environmental change and sustainability, Economic Geography, Sociotechnical transitions, Theory and processes of innovation, Environmental markets.

Teaching responsibility

HPP312 – Environmental Justice, Politics and Policy (Social Sciences)

KGAXXX - teaching to be confirmed (Geography)

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Expertise

  • Geographies of innovation and experimentation
  • Energy and society
  • Policy change
  • Policy transfer and policy mobilities
  • New energy technologies and household responses
  • Off-grid households
  • Socio-technical transitions
  • Institutional memory, governance and innovation
  • Environmental policy and politics

Research Themes

Heather's research aligns to the University's research themes of Environment, Resources and Sustainability and Data, Knowledge and Decisions. Her research interests include the processes and politics of policy and technology innovation and the geographies of policy experimentation and learning, including the role of narratives and institutional memory. Interdisciplinary work drawing together different strands of academic scholarship is a key feature of her research, including geography, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, computer science and public administration.

Heather has undertaken empirical studies across a number of different topics related to climate change, infrastructure and utilities, including: low energy housing, carbon markets and carbon accounting, district heating, household energy monitoring, environmental sensor technologies, household energy storage, and smart grids.

Recent research projects include: an ARC Future Fellowship called  'Smart Grids Messy Society' (2015-2020) about policy learning from smart grid experiments in Australia; a large interdisciplinary project funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA; 2016-19, $2.9M) on PV and battery storage, and an institutional memory project funded by the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG; 2015-18, $64,842).

Drawing on theories of policy and technology change from across a number of disciplines, Professor Lovell's research in Australia has focused on the energy sector. With her background in the discipline of Human Geography, Professor Lovell seeks to better understand the geographies of energy experimentation and learning. Her ARC Future Fellowship investigated the impact of key Australian smart grid trials and programmes on policy and practice – including the Federal Government's $100 million-dollar Smart Grid Smart City project (2010-14) and the Victorian government's mandatory Advanced Metering Infrastructure program (2009-13).

Collaboration

Heather has significant collaborations with the UK, in particular with Edinburgh University (School of GeoSciences, School of Informatics and School of Social and Political Sciences), where she was previously based. International grants with UK academics have partnered with a range of academic, government and industry organisations including the University of Durham, the UK Tyndall Centre, Edinburgh City Council, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the International Emissions Trading Association, and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. Through her current projects Heather is involved in research collaborations with the Tasmanian utilities (TasNetworks, Aurora and Tas Hydro) and the Tasmanian government.

Awards

  • New Career Development Fellowship from the UK Nuffield Foundation (awarded 2008) to investigate carbon markets & carbon accounting, one of only 3 Fellowships awarded across all UK social sciences each year;
  • ARC Future Fellowship (awarded 2014), one of only 28 given to international scholars, across all disciplines.
  • Several research awards for the interdisciplinary energy research project ‘CONSORT’, funded by ARENA (2016-19) including the Clean Energy Council Community Engagement Award (2018), Engineers Australia Tasmanian Engineering Excellence Award (2018), and Energy Networks Australia Industry Innovation Award (2018);
  • Lead paper (2012; co-authored with Ascui, F.) in a prize winning Special Issue of the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal - Emerald Publishing 2012 Outstanding Special Issue Award.
  • Paper (2009; co-authored with Owens, SE. and Bulkeley, H.) selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ in the journal Environment and Planning C

Current projects

  • 2015-20 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship, Smart Grids, Messy Society? An evaluation of the implementation of smart grids in Australia, $820,406. https://www.utas.edu.au/smart-grids-messy-society
  • 2019-21 Future Energy industry research collaboration with Aurora, TasNetworks and Hydro Tasmania, with funding for a 2-year postdoctoral fellow, $201,000

Fields of Research

  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
  • Australian Government and Politics (160601)
  • Built Environment and Design (129999)

Research Objectives

  • Residential Construction Processes (870404)
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards (960799)
  • Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection (960605)

Publications

Heather has published 35 international journal papers since 2004 (working part time with 3 career breaks), as well as 2 books and 8 book chapters. She has published in lead journals across a number of social science disciplines including Human Geography (e.g. PiHG, Antipode, Geoforum, Transactions), political science (Governance, Public Administration; Global Environmental Politics), accountancy (AAAJ), and sociology (Economy & Society).

Total publications

64

Highlighted publications

(3 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2015BookLovell HC, 'The Making of Low Carbon Economies', Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 286. ISBN 978-0-415-72471-5 (2015) [Authored Research Book]

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2009Journal ArticleLovell HC, Bulkeley HA, Liverman D, 'Carbon offsetting: Sustaining consumption?', Environment and Planning A: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41, (10) pp. 2357-2379. ISSN 0308-518X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1068/a40345 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 87Web of Science - 74

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2009Journal ArticleLovell HC, Bulkeley HA, Owens SE, 'Converging agendas? Energy and climate change policies in the UK', Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27, (1) pp. 90-109. ISSN 0263-774X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1068/c0797j [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 92Web of Science - 75

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Journal Article

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Lovell H, Powells G, 'Smart grid knowledges and the state', Area pp. 1-8. ISSN 0004-0894 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/area.12613 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Lovell H, 'Policy failure mobilities', Progress in Human Geography, 43, (1) pp. 46-63. ISSN 0309-1325 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0309132517734074 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 15

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2019Lovell H, 'The promise of smart grids', Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability, 24, (7) pp. 580-594. ISSN 1354-9839 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2017.1422117 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2019Lovell H, Watson P, 'Scarce data: off-grid households in Australia', Energy Policy, 129 pp. 502-510. ISSN 0301-4215 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.02.014 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Watson P

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2018Ascui F, Haward M, Lovell H, 'Salmon, sensors, and translation: The agency of Big Data in environmental governance', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 36, (5) pp. 905-925. ISSN 0263-7758 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0263775818766892 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Ascui F; Haward M

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2018Betzold A, Carew AL, Lewis GK, Lovell H, 'The emergence, articulation and negotiation of a new food industry initiative in rural Australia: Boundary object, organisation or Triple Helix model?', Sociologia Ruralis, 58, (4) pp. 867-885. ISSN 0038-0199 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/soru.12211 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Betzold A; Lewis GK

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2018Corbett J, Grube DC, Lovell H, Scott R, 'Singular memory or institutional memories? toward a dynamic approach', Governance, 31, (3) pp. 555-573. ISSN 0952-1895 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/gove.12340 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2018Lovell H, Hann V, Watson P, 'Rural laboratories and experiment at the fringes: case study of a smart grid on Bruny Island, Australia', Energy Research & Social Science, 36 pp. 146-155. ISSN 2214-6296 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.09.031 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Hann V; Watson P

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2017Gale F, Ascui F, Lovell H, 'Sensing reality? New monitoring technologies for global sustainability standards', Global environmental politics, 17, (2) pp. 65-83. ISSN 1526-3800 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1162/GLEP_a_00401 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Gale F; Ascui F

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2017Lovell H, 'Are policy failures mobile? An investigation of the Advanced Metering Infrastructure Program in the State of Victoria, Australia', Environment and Planning A, 49, (2) pp. 314-331. ISSN 0308-518X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/0308518X16668170 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 13

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2017Lovell H, 'Mobile policies and policy streams: the case of smart metering policy in Australia', Geoforum, 81 pp. 100-108. ISSN 0016-7185 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2017.02.011 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

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2017Lovell H, Pullinger M, Webb J, 'How do meters mediate? Energy meters, boundary objects and household transitions in Australia and the United Kingdom', Energy Research & Social Science, 34 pp. 252-259. ISSN 2214-6296 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.07.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

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2016Lovell H, 'The role of International policy transfer within the multiple streams approach: the case of smart electricity metering in Australia', Public Administration, 93, (3) pp. 754-768. ISSN 0033-3298 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/padm.12259 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7

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2015Lovell HC, 'The multiple communities of low carbon transition: an assessment of communities involved in forest carbon measurement', Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 20, (11) pp. 1363-1382. ISSN 1469-6711 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2014.905515 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 5

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2014Lovell HC, 'Climate change, markets and standards: the case of financial accounting', Economy and Society, 43, (2) pp. 260-284. ISSN 0308-5147 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/03085147.2013.812830 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 16

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2014Pullinger M, Lovell H, Webb J, 'Influencing household energy practices: a critical review of UK smart metering standards and commercial feedback devices', Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26, (10) pp. 1144-1162. ISSN 0953-7325 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2014.977245 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 20

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2013Lovell HC, Bebbington J, Larrinaga C, Sales de Aguiar TR, 'Putting carbon markets into practice: a case study of financial accounting in Europe', Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 31, (4) pp. 741-757. ISSN 0263-774X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1068/c1275 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 15

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2013Lovell HC, Ghaleigh N-S, 'Climate Change and the Professions: the unexpected places and spaces of carbon markets', Transactions - Institute of British Geographers, 38, (3) pp. 512-516. ISSN 0020-2754 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/tran.12021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 9

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2012Ascui F, Lovell HC, 'Carbon accounting and the construction of competence', Journal of Cleaner Production, 36 pp. 48-59. ISSN 0959-6526 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2011.12.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 31

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2012Leggett M, Lovell HC, 'Community perceptions of REDD+: a case study from Papua New Guinea', Climate Policy, 12, (1) pp. 115-134. ISSN 1469-3062 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2011.579317 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 42Web of Science - 43

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2012Schroeder H, Lovell HC, 'The role of non-nation-state actors and side events in the international climate negotiations', Climate Policy, 12, (1) pp. 23-37. ISSN 1469-3062 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2011.579328 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 64Web of Science - 57

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2011Ascui F, Lovell HC, 'As frames collide: Making sense of carbon accounting', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, 24, (8) pp. 978-999. ISSN 1368-0668 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/09513571111184724 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 69Web of Science - 60

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2011Lovell HC, MacKenzie D, 'Accounting for Carbon: The Role of Accounting Professional Organisations in Governing Climate Change', Antipode: a radical journal of geography, 43, (3) pp. 704-730. ISSN 0066-4812 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8330.2011.00883.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 89Web of Science - 79

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2010Lovell H, Smith SJ, 'Agencement in housing markets: The case of the UK construction industry', Geoforum, 41, (3) pp. 457-468. ISSN 0016-7185 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2009.11.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 78Web of Science - 55

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2010Lovell HC, 'Governing the carbon offset market', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 1, (3) pp. 353-362. ISSN 1757-7780 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/wcc.43 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 45Web of Science - 38

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2010Lovell HC, Liverman D, 'Understanding carbon offset technologies', New Political Economy, 15, (2) pp. 255-273. ISSN 1356-3467 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/13563460903548699 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 80Web of Science - 67

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2010Lovell HC, Schroeder H, 'Carbon Standards and non nation-state actors', Exploration & Production. The Oil and Gas Review, 8, (1) pp. 14-15. ISSN 1754-288X (2010) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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2009Lovell HC, 'The role of individuals in policy change: the case of UK low-energy housing', Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27, (3) pp. 491-511. ISSN 0263-774X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1068/c0878j [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 43Web of Science - 42

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2009Lovell HC, Bulkeley HA, Liverman D, 'Carbon offsetting: Sustaining consumption?', Environment and Planning A: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 41, (10) pp. 2357-2379. ISSN 0308-518X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1068/a40345 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 87Web of Science - 74

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2009Lovell HC, Bulkeley HA, Owens SE, 'Converging agendas? Energy and climate change policies in the UK', Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27, (1) pp. 90-109. ISSN 0263-774X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1068/c0797j [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 92Web of Science - 75

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2008Lovell HC, 'Discourse and innovation journeys: the case of low energy housing in the UK', Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 20, (5) pp. 613-632. ISSN 0953-7325 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09537320802292883 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 40Web of Science - 35

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2007Lovell HC, 'The governance of innovation in socio-technical systems: The difficulties of strategic niche management in practice', Science and Public Policy, 34, (1) pp. 35-44. ISSN 0302-3427 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3152/030234207X190540 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 57

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2007Lovell HC, 'Exploring the role of materials in policy change: innovation in low-energy housing in the UK', Environment and Planning A: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39, (10) pp. 2500-2517. ISSN 0308-518X (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1068/a38408 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 28

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2005Lovell HC, 'Supply and Demand for Low Energy Housing in the UK: Insights from a Science and Technology Studies Approach', Housing Studies, 20, (5) pp. 815-829. ISSN 0267-3037 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/02673030500214118 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 49Web of Science - 37

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2004Lovell HC, 'Framing sustainable housing as a solution to climate change', Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, 6, (1) pp. 35-55. ISSN 1523-908X (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1523908042000259677 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 65

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Hawkey D, Webb J, Lovell H, McCrone D, Tingey M, et al., 'Sustainable Urban Energy Policy: Heat and the City', Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 246. ISBN 9781138826120 (2016) [Authored Research Book]

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2015Lovell HC, 'The Making of Low Carbon Economies', Routledge, United Kingdom, pp. 286. ISBN 978-0-415-72471-5 (2015) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Lovell H, Corbett J, 'What makes a zero carbon home zero carbon?', Narrative Policy Analysis: Cases in Decentred Policy, Palgrave Macmillan, RAW Rhodes (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 47-70. ISBN 978-3-319-76635-5 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76635-5_3 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Lovell H, 'Low-carbon economies', Research Handbook on Climate Governance, Edward Elgar Publishing, Backstrand, K. and Lovbrand, E (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 356-365. ISBN 9781783470594 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4337/9781783470600.00043 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Lovell HC, Mac Kenzie D, 'Allometric equations and timber markets: an important forerunner of REDD+?', The Politics of Carbon Markets, Routledge, Benjamin Stephan, Richard Lane (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 69-90. ISBN 978-0-415-70713-8 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2013Lovell HC, 'Measuring Forest Carbon', Governing the Climate: New approaches to rationality, power and politics, Cambridge University Press, Johannes Stripple and Harriet Bulkeley (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 175-196. ISBN 9781107046269 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Brown ME, Escobar VM, Lovell HC, 'Communicating the Needs of Climate Change Policy Makers to Scientists', Human and Social Dimensions of Climate Change, InTech, Netra Chhetri (ed), Croatia, pp. 49-62. ISBN 9789535108474 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.5772/3242 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Lovell HC, 'Eco-communities', International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Elsevier, Susan J. Smith (ed), Spain, pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-0-08-047171-6 (2012) [Other Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-047163-1.09003-2 [eCite] [Details]

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2012Lovell HC, MacKenzie D, 'Accounting for Carbon: The Role of Accounting Professional Organisations in Governing Climate Change', The New Carbon Economy: Constitution, Governance and Contestation, Wiley-Blackwell, Peter Newell, Max Boykoff, Emily Boyd (ed), UK, pp. 107-134. ISBN 9781444350227 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1002/9781118315835.ch6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2008Lovell HC, 'Evolution of policy and practice in low-energy housing', Housing, the Environment and our Changing Climate, Chartered Institute of Housing, Christoph Sinn and John Perry (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 77-98. ISBN 9781905018604 (2008) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Lovell HC, 'Beyond the carbon economy: energy law in transition', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 51, (6) pp. 872-873. ISSN 0964-0568 (2008) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1080/09640560802423913 [eCite] [Details]

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Conference Publication

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Nath S, Dewsbury M, Watson P, Lovell HC, 'Are condensation and mould problems in Australian homes arising from the Australian building regulations?', Building Physics Forum Programme, 23-24 October 2019, Melbourne (2019) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Nath S; Dewsbury M; Watson P

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2016Lovell HC, 'The promise of smart grids', American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, March 29th-April 2nd, San Francisco, pp. 1. (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2016Lovell HC, Powells G, 'Energy feedback: Place, Policy and Mobility', Energy Feedback Symposium, 4th-5th July, Edinburgh (2016) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Lovell HC, 'The Making of Low Carbon Economies', Australasian Housing Researchers Conference, 18-20 February, Hobart, pp. 1. (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Lovell HC, 'Policy mobilities: the case of smart meters in Australia', The Institute of Australian Geographers Annual Conference, 1-3 July, Canberra, pp. 1. (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Lovell HC, 'What we know about households who are already off-grid', Australian Utility Week Conference, 24th-25th November, Sydney, pp. 1. (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Lovell HC, 'The making of a zero carbon home', Devices and Desires: the Cultural Politics of a Low Carbon Society, 21 to 23 May 2014, Lund, Sweden, pp. 1. (2014) [Conference Extract]

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2014Lovell HC, 'The making of low carbon economies', AC conference 2014, 26-29 August 2014, United Kingdom, pp. 1. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2014Lovell HC, Webb J, Hawkey D, Tingey M, Scott-Mearns N, 'The changing narratives of district heating in the UK: a case study of the city of Edinburgh', AC conference 2014, 26-29 August 2014, United Kingdom, pp. 1. (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2013Lovell HC, 'New district heating in Edinburgh and Glasgow: origins and outcomes', Energy Vulnerabilities, 21 to 23 May 2013, Manchester, UK, pp. 1. (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Lovell H, Watson P, 'TasNetworks Tariff Trial Method Review - Phase One', TasNetworks, Australia (2016) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Watson P

2016Lovell H, Watson Phillipa, 'Tariff Trial Survey Design', TasNetworks, Tasmania (2016) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Watson Phillipa

2010Lovell HC, Sales de Aguiar T, Bebbington J, Larringa-Gonzalez C, 'Accounting for Carbon', ACCA and IETA, online (2010) [Contract Report]

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Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Brent K, Gale F, Lovell H, McGee J, Peck P, 'Briefing Paper: Exploring Renewable Hydrogen for Tasmania', The University of Tasmania, Tasmania, December, pp. 1-5. (2019) [Report Other]

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Co-authors: Brent K; Gale F; McGee J

2019Thiebaux S, Chapman A, Franklin E, Fraser A, Gordon D, et al., 'CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial: Project Final Report - Project Results and Lessons Learnt', Australian National University, The University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, Reposit Power and TasNetworks, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Franklin E; Hann V; Harwood A; Watson P

2019Watson P, Lovell H, Ransan-Cooper H, Hann V, Harwood A, 'CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial: Project Final Report - Social Science', Australian National University, The University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, Reposit Power and TasNetworks, Hobart, Tasmania, April (2019) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Watson P; Hann V; Harwood A

2016Evar B, Lovell H, 'Energy Productivity: A Review of Scottish Government Activities and International Practices', Scottish Government, Scotland, pp. 1-65. (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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2016Watson P, Lovell H, 'TasNetworks Tariff Trial Recruitment Strategies Review', TasNetworks, Tasmania, pp. 1-21. (2016) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Watson P

Grants & Funding

Since moving to Australia in 2015 Professor Lovell has worked on eight new funded research projects covering the topics of smart grids (ARC, ARENA, TasNetworks), environmental technologies and markets (Sense T, UTAS Cross-Discplinary Incentive Grant) and leadership in government (ANZSOG). They are linked by a common conceptual interest in understanding processes of innovation and change. Since completing her PhD in 2005 Heather has led or co-led 15 research project grants with a total value of $8.23 million ($AUS).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

13

Total funding

$5,467,988

Projects

Future Energy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019 - 2020)$201,000
Description
Appointment of a 2-year full-time Future Energy Postdoctoral Research to establish dedicated capacity to activate a new collaborative research agenda with Tasmanian energy stakeholders and build collective track record to carry forward into an external funding bid. Key areas for the collaboration will be: i) energy policy; ii) integration; and iii) customer empowerment.
Funding
Aurora Energy Pty Ltd ($67,000); Hydro Tasmania ($67,000); Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd ($67,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC; Franklin ET; Levitt CJ
Period
2019 - 2020
APR Internship - Anthony Broese van Groenou (2019)$14,500
Description
This project is a PhD internship as part of the APR Intern program. The project is focused on understanding the attitudes to and drivers for the uptake of electric vehicles in Tasmania, including investigation into likely EV usage and charging behaviour. The project is being undertaken by the PhD student Anthony Broese van Groenou between July and October 2019, and is supported jointly by TasNetworks, RACT and the Tasmanian Climate Change Office.
Funding
Australian Institute of Mathematics & Science Pty Ltd ($14,500)
Scheme
APR Intern
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Franklin ET; Lovell HC; Fraser A; Oakley W; Muller S
Year
2019
Did Energy Market Reforms Promote Energy Security? A Global Empirical Assessment (2019)$6,217
Description
Power markets have been liberalised and some are undergoing liberalisation globally to achieve the energy policy goals of energy security, environmental sustainability and affordability. The actual linkages between energy markets liberalisation and energy security, however, remains to be quantified. The aim of this project is to examine the global relationship between energy markets liberalization and energy security captured through the channels of access to electricity or national electrification levels. The rationale lies in its scope to guide evidence-based energy policymaking towards promoting energy security based on the econometric assessment on the linkages between energy markets liberalisation and energy security. To achieve this rationale, panel-data econometrics is employed on a large-scale dataset. The outcome of this project is significant as achieving universal access to electricity by 2030 is one of the key sustainable development policy goals. The impacts of varied power markets structures and regulation on energy security is explored.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,217)
Scheme
Grant-Strategic Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nepal R; Lovell HC
Year
2019
AHURI Postgraduate Scholarship Top-up - Anthony Broese van Groenou (2018 - 2020)$21,000
Description
The project explores the role of householders in energy transitions, and ever increasing pressures of energy affordability in household economics.
Funding
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute ($21,000)
Scheme
Scholarship-Top-Up
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jacobs KA; Lovell HC
Period
2018 - 2020
Sustainable Retail Living Lab (2018)$8,840
Funding
University of Tasmania ($8,840)
Scheme
Grant-ERS Research Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Mate KJH; Grimmer EL; Grimmer MR; Lovell HC
Year
2018
Decision making of Australian households at the end of their Solar Feed in Tariff (2017)$6,202
Description
This project will set up the feasibility of an investigation into the impact on basic household economics and decision making of the cessation of generous Feed-in-Tariffs (FiT) for electricity generated from residential solar photovoltaics. The investigation will help us understand the future of energy generation and consumption in Australia.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,202)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC
Year
2017
Tariff Trial, Phase One (2016)$7,787
Description
Review of tariff trial approach, sample size and overall trial method robustness (Phase One). 1. A review of the 600 household sample size, including discussion of its main opportunities/advantages and limitations. 2. A brief review of up to 10 other publically available tariff trials in Australia, including gathering data on sample size, location, and other key methodological characteristics. This is to benchmark the proposed Tasmania tariff trial, providing comparison of the sample size and experimental design against other similar trials completed within the Australian electricity market. 3. Methodological review of the experimental design. 4. Highlighting of any significant problems with the experimental design (show stoppers) in the methodological review. 5. Suggestion of modifications that could be made to the experimental design to ensure robustness, and of any further activities or approaches that will encourage robustness. This consultancy involves advising on the research approach being only. We are not involved in data collection or analysis.
Funding
Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd ($7,787)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC; Watson Phillipa
Year
2016
Tariff Trial (2016 - 2017)$15,520
Description
UTAS will be assisting TasNetworks to develop a survey tool for the Tariff Trail. UTAS will do this by a) running a workshop to develop survey topics, and b) drafting survey questions for review by TasNetworks. The survey is being developed in May and June 2016 for use at the start of Phase One of the Tariff Trial. This is Phase 2 of UTAS assistance.The survey being developed will be sent to householders along with the terms and conditions for the tariff trial. It is a before survey that is to be filled out prior to advanced meter installations in participant homes. This before survey will be coupled in data analysis with an after survey that will be developed at a later date
Funding
Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd ($15,520)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC; Watson Phillipa
Period
2016 - 2017
Fermen Tasmania: tracking the initiation, uptake and implementation of a Tasmania food futures vision (2016)$6,974
Description
Our project will use several research techniques and interdisciplinary perspectives to track and document the detail of how FermenTasmania (FT) emerged and has diffused, both as an overall concept and as a set of new fermentation business ideas and practices in a supply chain. FT - as a distinctive new idea - provides a rare opportunity to research in real-time the detail of how innovations initiate, coalesce and develop during their early stages. To explore this topic we will utilitise the full breadth of our teams interdisciplinary expertise in wine science and transdisciplinary research (Carew - TIA), horizontal business networks in the wine industry (Lewis Business), processes of policy and technology change (Lovell Social Sciences) and quantitative analysis of logistics, supply chains, data and information flows (Turner/Mirowski Engineering & ICT). This project will provide an important opportunity to develop and fine-tune our interdisciplinary collaboration and application of methods, including discourse analysis, science and technology studies ethnographies, social media network mapping, and interaction mapping.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($6,974)
Scheme
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC; Carew ALJ; Lewis GK; Mirowski LT; Turner P
Year
2016
CONSORT: Consumer Energy Systems Providing Cost-Effective Grid Support (2016 - 2019)$3,965,701
Description
This is a technical project led by computer scientists and engineers, working with industry to develop better ways of managing renewable energy generation and battery storage on electricity grid. The UTAS team is providing social science input, working with householders on Bruny Island.
Funding
Australian Renewable Energy Agency ($2,895,951)
Collaborators
Reposit Power Pty Ltd ($726,750); Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd ($200,000); University of Sydney ($143,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research and Development
Administered By
Australian National University
Research Team
Thiebaux S; Blackhall L; Chapman A; Lovell HC; Osborne L; Scott P; Spaccavento D; Verbic G; Harwood A; Franklin ET
Period
2016 - 2019
Sense-T Stage 2: Sensing Natural Capital - the role of environmental sensor data within new financial markets (2015 - 2016)$329,000
Description
The role of environmental sensor data within new financial markets. Key objective: to provide a standardised approach to the collection and processing of environmental data, informed by both technical feasibility and awareness of the requirements imposed by new financial markets, which is internationally consistent and fit for purpose. The project will convene a Technical Committee to deliver a new draft environmental data accounting standard, to be published for wider international consultation by the end of 2016.The research will position Tasmania at the forefront of international efforts to develop standards to underpin the rapidly-developing areas of natural capital accounting and new environmental markets, thus enabling Tasmanian businesses to continue to innovate new products and services with international market potential.
Funding
National Australia Bank Limited ($20,000); University of Tasmania ($309,000)
Scheme
Grant - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC; Ascui F; Gale F; Haward MG
Period
2015 - 2016
Remembering How to Lead: Building institutional memory of 'leadership learnings' in collaborative governance environments (2015 - 2016)$64,842
Description
This project seeks to understand how leaders involved in collaborative inter-jurisdictional policy environments draw from and pass on institutional memory.
Funding
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government ($64,842)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Grube DC; Corbett Jack; Lovell HC; Scott R
Period
2015 - 2016
Smart Grids, Messy Society? An evaluation of the implementation of smart grids in Australia (2014 - 2018)$820,405
Description
New information technologies allow utility infrastructures to operate as smart grids, with the promise of multiple economic and environmental benefits. Utility infrastructures are largely unaltered since first installed 100 years ago, and smart grids have the potential to catalyse significant innovation. The two main aims of the research are: 1) to investigate the societal drivers for, and implications of, smart grids; 2) to assess how smart grid implementation varies from place to place, and the implications of this for theories and practices of innovation and learning. The research will provide new insights about the messy, complex societal reaction to smart grids in Australia; a country at the forefront of smart grid implementation.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($820,405)
Scheme
Fellowship-Future
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC
Period
2014 - 2018
Grant Reference
FT140100646

Research Supervision

Heather currently has four doctoral students at the University of Tasmania, researching a range of energy and society topics from different disciplinary perspectives.  She welcomes applications from those interested in doing a PhD on energy innovation from a social science perspective, please get in touch via email – heather.lovell@utas.edu.au

Current

4

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDARENA CONSORT Smart Grid Pilot: Governance, implementation, and the utility-prosumer interaction2016
PhDLiving Off Grid: Exploring the motivations and experiences of Australian households who are not connected to the central electricity grid2017
PhDHealthy Built Fabric Systems for Zero Energy Residential Buildings2019
PhDInvestigating Geographical Granularity in Predicting Energy Access using Satellite Imagery2019