Developing Leaders Research Fund

The Developing Leaders Research Fund (DLRF) funds early-career researchers with the aim of developing academic excellence and nurturing the next generation of research leaders. Researchers are able both to propose the activities which they feel will best help to develop their leadership potential and to have access to resources to carry out these activities. Any post-doctoral researcher and PhD student currently funded by (Build)TEDDI projects, or a PhD student who is strongly linked to a (Build)TEDDI project, is eligible to apply for the award. TEDDINET was pleased to make six awards in the first round of funding and below are summaries of the activities that these will support.

Joel Chaney, Heriot-Watt University – APAtSCHE

In many parts of the world majority world there are regular power outages which affects people’s lives and leads to lose of business. One of the major challenges is to stabilise power systems and enhance reliability. Demand-side management, where peak demand is shifted, can have an important role to play in achieving this. In this project I will travel to some outward-looking institutions involved in research and dissemination in the South East Asia to present the work we have been doing in Scotland and engage in dialogue of where it might be of benefit in their context, building international collaborative partnerships. Our hope is to achieve a broader perspective on the potential and role of energy-management systems in developing world contexts.

Myroslava Dzikovska, University of Edinburgh IDEAL

I received a TEDDINET DLRF grant in order to start a collaboration between two (Build)TEDDI projects: IDEAL and LEEDR. Researchers in both projects share interests in effective feedback design, but using different approaches. The goal of the collaboration would be to better understand the data being collected, and to investigate whether study designs can be aligned to make results more comparable. We will also establish a framework for collaborating around data that respects issues
involved in sharing data sets, and can be useful as blueprint for future TEDDINET collaborations. An initial 1-day visit for the IDEAL team to meet LEEDR team at Loughborough has been scheduled for May. The goal is to introduce people on both teams and establish collaboration framework. Based on the results, I am expecting to follow up with a second visit later, to refine joint research ideas and carry out a feasibility study based on data collected in LEEDR.

Roxana Morosanu, Loughborough University LEEDR

Funded activity: Co-organizing and attending a conference panel part of the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, 3rd-5th December 2014, Washington DC. The panel is titled ‘Rethinking agency and sustainability in relation to the intimacy of the ordinary’ and it invites papers that ask what can be gained through a focus on intimacy and ordinariness as a context in which agency and sustainability are being made meaningful. The main aim of this panel is to advance existent approaches to domestic sustainability in social sciences through the discussion privileged by the context of this prestigious conference and, possibly, through the publication of the papers in an edited volume or journal special issue. Besides co-organizing, I will present a paper part of this panel, disseminating my findings, part of the LEEDR framework, to an international audience.

Alfonso Ramallo-González, University of BathENLITEN

As part of the work carried out on ENLITEN, Dr Alfonso Ramallo-González has investigated and quantified the potential inaccuracies when using inverse modelling to characterise thermal properties of buildings. The findings of the study will be presented his findings at the ASHRAE/IBPSA 2014 conference thanks to the DLRF. With this, he wants to make the community aware of his findings, and to get the feedback from the audience of one of the most prestigious conferences in building modelling. The conference will be hold in Atlanta, GA, USA in September.

Martin Pullinger, University of EdinburghIDEAL

Martin was pleased to be recently awarded funding from the first round of the TEDDINET Developing Leaders Research Fund. The funding will be used to develop and strengthen research contacts with academic and research staff at two RCUK End Use Energy Demand (EUED) Research Centres: (DEMAND) (based at Lancaster University); and the Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) (at UCL). Martin will over the course of 2014 visit both institutions to see first-hand how their perspectives on energy and resource using practices are shaping their work and research designs, including data collection and analytical approaches, to present work from IDEAL, and where possible to attend seminars and workshops they are holding. The aim is to establish and further develop ongoing links with the two teams for the exchange of knowledge, ideas and research perspectives for mutual benefit, to spread knowledge of IDEAL and its work, and more widely to enhance links between two core components of the RCUK Energy Programme – (Build)TEDDI and the EUED Research Centres.

Shen Wei, Plymouth University E Viz

Dr Shen Wei from Plymouth University has used the TEDDINET DLRF funding to attend the first expert meeting of a new founded IEA project ANNEX 66: Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behaviour in Buildings. The meeting was held between 12th and 14th, March 2014, in Hong Kong. Currently, there have been researchers from 23 countries showing interests on providing contribution in the project. During the meeting, Shen has introduced the eViz project being carried out by the Plymouth University, as well as the TEDDINET, to researchers from other countries. The attendance of this meeting is very helpful on Shen’s future contribution in this international research project.


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