Smart Communities: working together to save energy?


January 2011 to June 2014

PSI researchers:

Kevin Burchell

Background, summary and aims

Smart Communities was a three and a half year – largely demand-side or ‘behaviour change’ – community energy project (January 2011 to June 2014). The project drew on the principles of action research, and took place in Kingston upon Thames. The main action phase of the project was from May 2011 to May 2013. Smart Communities was a Kingston University project, conducted by Kevin Burchell immediately before he joined PSI in April 2014.


Policy/practice reports

Burchell, K., Rettie, R. Roberts, T. (2014) Working together to save energy? Report of the Smart Communities project


Burchell, K., Rettie, R. and Roberts, T. (2016) Time for change? The hard work of energy demand reduction, paper prepared for DEMAND Centre Conference, Lancaster, 13-15 April 2016

Burchell, K., Rettie, R. and Roberts, T (2016) Householder engagement with energy consumption feedback: the role of community action and communications. Energy Policy, 88:78–186

Burchell, K., Rettie, R. and Roberts, T (2015) What is energy know-how and how can it be shared and acquired by householders?, ECEEE Summer Study Proceedings 2015, 1979-1990

Burchell, K., Rettie, R., Roberts, TC (2014) Community, the very idea!: perspectives of participants in a demand-side community energy project, People, Place and Policy, 19 December 2014