Dr Anne Owen

Dr Anne Owen


I joined the University of Leeds in 2011 as a Research Associate while I was working part-time on my PhD. By 2016 I had completed my PhD studies and was working as a post-doctoral researcher on consumption-based accounting projects.

In 2018 I was promoted to Senior Research Fellow after successfully applying for an EPSRC Fellowship in End Use Energy Demand

Research interests

I am an EPSRC Research Fellow within the End Use Energy Demand research priority area.

My fellowship takes a 'whole systems' approach to understanding the UK's demand for energy. The link between household spends and industrial energy use can be determined by quantifying the total energy required in the supply chain of producing a product. It is also possible to capture the energy that is embedded in goods exported abroad and goods imported to the UK from other countries with very different energy efficiency standards in their factories. I will develop a new indicator of energy demand: 'the UK's Energy Footprint' which shows the full amount of energy associated with products bought by UK consumers between 2005 and 2015.

Instead of simply looking at the changing goods and services bought by an average household, this fellowship will consider the differing expenditure profile of up to 60 different household types between 2005 and 2015. For this, I will use geodemographic expenditure profiles. The main user of geodemographic data is the business sector understanding their consumers, so it is important that the data is current and constantly kept up-to-date. Producers of this type of data do not keep previous years' profiles as a readily available product. This means that their data has never been used to understand the changing geodemographic profile in the UK or elsewhere. I have made an agreement with CallCredit to exclusively acquire a decade's worth of expenditure data from their archive. This means that it will be possible for the first time to determine whether the energy needs of the UK have altered due to households buying different types of products or whether the change is due to the mix of households in the UK changing.

I will use mathematical analyses to calculate the drivers of the change in UK energy demand. The research will be able to determine what effect the recession had on the energy demand of different households. I will then focus on using predictions of the changing household types and predictions on how lifestyles may change in the future to estimate what the UK's demand for energy will be in 2030. There is uncertainty as to how the UK's infrastructure might have to change in order to cope with an aging population or the trend for homeworking. This fellowship will address this by determining the energy requirements of these futures by forming scenarios which calculate the UK's energy needs when there are greater proportions of these types of household present in the UK's demography. Outputs from this research will also be used to verify the UK Government's future energy demand scenarios and provide new inputs to their Energy Demand Model. This work therefore has great importance in ensuring the UK can meet the energy needs of its businesses and people, and become more sustainable, now and in the future.

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  • PhD, Environment
  • MSc, Geographic Information Science
  • PGCE, Secondary Mathematics
  • BSc, Geography and Mathematics

Professional memberships

  • International Input-Output Association

Student education

I teach input-output analysis on the current Masters programme

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Institute for Spatial Data Science

Current postgraduate researchers

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