Dr Emily Prestwood

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  • Qualifications:BSc, PGCE, PhD
  • Position:Research Associate - Air Quality [climate change and carbon management]
  • Department:FET - Geography and Environmental Management
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 87919
  • Email:Emily.Prestwood@uwe.ac.uk

About me


I have a background in built environment, energy and climate change policy, and building energy research, and experience of working on cross-disciplinary, partnership projects.  Currently, I am a researcher in the AQMRC working on a number of different projects examining sustainable and healthy urban development, carbon, energy and air quality management:

Current projects:

Urban ID (RCUK and Innovate UK): A multi stakeholder project creating a novel Integrated Diagnostics Framework and methods to address key urban challenges. Lead researcher on the Bristol Green Capital Partnership (BGCP) 'city sustainability community' case-study and on the project's 'carbon neutral city' challenge theme.

Upstream (Wellcome Trust): Sustaining Health by moving health and sustainability upstream into strategic urban development decision-making.  Current work involves examining how international, EU, UK and local building policy and regulation responds to evidence of the health impacts related to design features of buildings.

ClairCity (EU Horizon 2020): Citizen-led air pollution reduction in cities. Recently produced an evaluation of approaches cities take to emission footprints and city carbon initiatives footprinting through a three-stage approach of literature review, survey and case study interviews. Ran a mutual learning workshop for stakeholders in Bristol.

Replicate (EU Horizon 2020): REnaissance of PLaces with Innovative Citizenship And TEchnologies – a European research and development project, aiming to deploy integrated energy, mobility and ICT solutions in city districts. Recently produce a report on an initial scoping study of aggregating energy flexibility in the City of Bristol.

Previous projects:

Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS): examining the international evidence base and policy experiences on heating controls in the domestic sector through a systematic scoping review.

Before joining the AQMRC at UWE I completed a PhD in the Building Energy Research Group in the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University entitled 'Energy use and related emissions of the UK residential sector: quantitative modelling and policy implications'. The research focussed on analysing historical changes in householders' energy using behaviour and motivation to reduce emissions in response to energy and climate change policies and initiatives.

I also worked as a researcher at Loughborough University on the EU FP7 transport security project CARONTE. 

Prior to my PhD, I worked on the EUCO2 80/50 project at Manchester University, a climate change mitigation project engaging stakeholders across Europe in regional low carbon energy scenario workshops.

Before starting my career as a researcher, I worked as a Forensic Examiner for the Forensic Science Service for 8 years. 


Area of expertise

Building energy use/behaviour and related carbon emissions

Energy & climate change policy and analysing policy impacts

Routes and barriers to sustainable and healthy cities and urban areas

City-level emission inventories and governance

Energy demand flexibility and demand side response



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