Penny is a PhD Researcher at the Policy Studies Institute. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Bristol, and an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Surrey, where she specialised in qualitative methodologies with a focus on environmental sustainability.
Her research interests include community groups and intentional communities, pro-environmental behaviour change, social practices and social norms. She has been awarded a PhD studentship sponsored by the University of Westminster. Her research project aims to evaluate the environmental impact of UK co-housing in comparison with single-family housing, and to explore how the community environment within co-housing can serve to normalise pro-environmental behaviours.