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Katy Janda

Senior Researcher, Lower Carbon Futures
Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University

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Kathryn Janda is an interdisciplinary, problem-based scholar and senior researcher at the Environmental Change Institute at Oxford University. Her primary role is on the demand theme of the UK Energy Research Centre, where she integrates social and technical dimensions of building practices to move toward a lower carbon future. Her interests center on how people interact with the built environment, with an emphasis on the interplay between technological innovation, social change, and energy policy. Her research encompasses three principal areas: (1) social, economic, and environmental implications of ecological design, (2) social dimensions of energy use, and (3) the relationship between environmental practice and organizational decision-making. She received undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering and English literature from Brown University (USA) and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked in the Energy Analysis Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Environmental Policy Fellow at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to her work at the ECI, she served an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College (Ohio, USA), where she taught courses on energy production and consumption; interdisciplinary building analysis; environment and society; a practicum on ecological design; and qualitative research methods.