Mrs Nicolette Allen

Post:Research Fellow (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit)
Other posts:Phd Student (The Sussex Energy Group)

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My PhD research explores the lived experiences of seven families as 'prosumers' - producers and consumers - of solar power over four seasons. All the households had prepayment electricity meters and been given the solar panels by their social housing provider. Prosuming was framed as a 'project' using Social Practice literature, as well as drawing on Time Geography.

Based on the research, I  produced a 5 minute YouTube film for a public fuel poverty event. The research has also been used by three local authorities to improve their roll out of solar panels to social housing tenants. In addition, I produced a booklet with a social housing landlord that was distributed to several hundred solar PV social housing tenants. I also produced a solar PV leaflet with two local authorities. 

In June 2016 I was awarded a Sussex University Impact Award for Public Engagement. I was also a finalist in the NCCPE Engage awards for Higher Education public engagement. My PhD research has also been selected by the EPSRC as a case study.

My past work has included roles as an award-winning sustainability campaigner, communications consultant and television and newspaper journalist.

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