Dr Claire Hoolohan

Presidential Fellow (Academic)

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Having completed a PhD on innovative demand management strategies for the UK water sector, Claire is now a Research Associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change research. Working on the Stepping Up project, Claire’s research examines potential social, technological and climate changes out to the year 2050, and investigates the implications of these for innovation in the UK’s water-energy-food nexus. Combining stakeholder insights with those from the existing scientific evidence base, this research develops novel methodologies to understand the opportunities and challenges future changes might bring, and how these can be might be realised and overcome respectively to maximise the benefits of sustainable production systems.

Claire’s expertise are in the social sciences, where she has extensive experience working with consumers, businesses and government organisations to develop strategies to manage a variety of sustainability objectives. Her PhD research is recognised for “Emerging Impact” in the University of Manchester’s social responsibility awards, as it sought to involve key actors within the water sector to develop novel approaches to reduce water demand. The UK has a growing water security challenge, and managing demand is one aspect in the address of this challenge that is as yet poorly understood. Claire’s PhD research identifies avenues to reconfigure the social and material dimensions of water use in order to bring about lasting and meaningful change to ordinary patterns of consumption.

Alongside her PhD, Claire was a Research Associate with CSEF (Centre for Sustainable Energy in Food supply chains), and developed a multi-disciplinary framework to understand and engage in the social dimensions of food preparation and consumption to reduce the UK’s energy demand. This research builds on Claire’s substantial track record of developing approaches to engage in a variety of food related sustainability challenges, working with supermarkets, caterers and local authorities on interdisciplinary research projects at Small World Consulting.


  • Sustainable Consumption, Social Science, Water, Food, Climate Change

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