Ashley joined the Design School as a Research Associate in Aug 2016 as part of the DEFACTO (Digital Energy Feedback And Control Technology Optimisation) project and is part of the User Centred Design Research Group. The DEFACTO project is an EPSRC-funded collaboration between the School of Civil and Building Engineering and the Design School, so Ashley is based between both departments.
Ashley completed her PhD at Loughborough University in 2017, as part of the Loughborough-London (LoLo) Centre for Doctoral Training in Building Energy Demand within the School of Civil and Building Engineering. Ashley’s PhD, entitled “Heating use in UK homes”, was also part of the DEFACTO project. Ashley holds a MRes degree in Building Energy Studies (Loughborough University, 2012), MSc degree in Energy (Heriot Watt University, 2011) and a MChem undergraduate degree in Chemistry with Industrial Experience (Heriot Watt University, 2010).
Ashley is currently involved on the DEFACTO project (Digital Energy Feedback And Control Technology Optimisation, 2012-2018, £1.5m, funded by EPSRC’s BuildTeddi call), which is investigating how the use of digital heating control and feedback devices can enable the reduction of this domestic energy use. Ashley’s role is as the cohort interaction research associate and therefore is responsible for all contact with the participants and carrying out qualitative and quantitative research aimed at understanding more about the user experience in heating use.