Dr Janine Morley

Research Co-investigator, Research Fellow Lancaster University
Janine Morley EDRC

Janine Morley is a Research Fellow in the Climate Citizens group in Lancaster Environment Centre. She specialises in the sociology of energy demand, focusing on questions of how demand is made, how it changes and what this means for policies and forms of governance that aim to reduce it. As part of funding awarded by the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), she has led research into changes in thermal comfort practices associated with the Covid-19 pandemic and the cost-of-energy crisis in 2022/23, and prior to that, the overlooked role of clothing in the heat decarbonisation transition. From 2014 to 2019, she worked as a Senior Research Associate in the Dynamics of Energy Mobility and Demand (DEMAND) Centre where, amongst other things, her research addressed the implications for energy demand, and demand governance, of changing patterns of information technology use at home. This work drew attention to the rapid growth in ‘data demand’ and the associated increase in infrastructural energy use that underpins the shift to internet-based entertainment. Her current work within EDRC focuses on the governance of energy demand, and in particular, the relations between policy and social change. She is exploring questions surrounding the legitimacy of energy demand reduction, as well as alternative ways in which such policies have been – and could be – formulated.