Philippa Calver

Lecturer in Sustainability

Global Sustainability Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Education for Sustainability

Philippa is an interdisciplinary researcher and educator. She is passionate about supporting individuals to become leaders of change, and is experienced in facilitating and delivering sustainability education.

Philippa is part of the core MSc Sustainability teaching team within the GSI.

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Philippa is currently completing a PhD with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. Her research aims to uncover constraints in the lives of individuals and groups that affect their ability and capacity to participate in systems linked to sustainability transition and transformation.

Philippa is particularly interested in how potential users are imagined, and their impacts on system design. Crucially, she is passionate about exploring research-led solutions.

Using a justice framing, Philippa has recently explored the planned roll-out of low-carbon technologies and new market mechanisms within the UK energy system.

Research interests

  • Energy justice
  • Policy analysis
  • Qualitative research
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Sustainability education
  • Coaching and leadership


  • MA Leadership for Sustainable Development, Forum for the Future
  • PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Keele University
  • PG Cert Power Systems, University of Manchester
  • BSc Environmental Management, University of Birmingham

Selected recent publications

Calver, P., Mander, S., Abi Ghanem, D., 2022. Low carbon system innovation through an energy justice lens: Exploring domestic heat pump adoption with direct load control in the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science, 83. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2021.102299

Crawley, J., Johnson, C., Calver, P., Fell, M., 2021. Demand response beyond the numbers: A critical reappraisal of flexibility in two United Kingdom field trials. Energy Research & Social Science, 75. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2021.102032

Robinson, R., Catney, P., Calver, P., Peacock, A., 2021. Universities as Living Labs for Climate Praxis. In: Howarth, C., Lane, M., Slevin, A. (Eds), 2021. Addressing the Climate Crisis, Local action in theory and practice (Cham: Palgave Macmillan).

Calver, P., Simcock, N. (2021) Demand response and energy justice: A critical overview of ethical risks and opportunities within digital, decentralised, and decarbonised futures. Energy Policy, 151, doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2021.112198