Research

My research focuses on how cities use energy for heat, power, transportation and other services. Urban areas account for approximately two-thirds of the world’s primary energy consumption and 71% of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions so it’s important that urban energy services are delivered as efficiently as possible. To explore these issues, I use a variety of techniques including object-oriented programming, knowledge modelling, optimization, sensitivity analysis, and discrete choice modelling. I also have an interest in related policy issues around questions such as: how much freedom do urban governments have to shape their own energy systems? How should urban energy consumption and associated emissions be allocated?

I’ve previously worked on urban sustainability indicators, as well as UK micro-generation and domestic energy consumption issues. More information is available at my Imperial College page and my wider interests are reflected in this list of my favourite papers.

Selected publications

Journal Articles

  • Keirstead J, Schulz N, London and beyond: taking a closer look at urban energy policy, Energy Policy, 2009
  • Keirstead J, Feeling lucky? Using search engines to assess perceptions of urban sustainability, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 2009, Vol:29, Pages:87-95.
  • Keirstead J, What changes, if any, would increased levels of low-carbon decentralised energy have on the built environment?, Energy Policy, 2008, Vol:36, Pages:4518-4521.
  • Keirstead J, Leach M, Bridging the gaps between theory and practice: a service niche approach to urban sustainability indicators, Sustainable Development, 2008, Vol:16, Pages:329-340.
  • Keirstead J, Behavioural responses to photovoltaic systems in the UK domestic sector, ENERG POLICY, 2007, Vol:35, Pages:4128-4141.
  • Keirstead J, The UK domestic photovoltaics industry and the role of central government, ENERG POLICY, 2007, Vol:35, Pages:2268-2280, ISSN:0301-4215.
  • Keirstead J, Evaluating the applicability of integrated domestic energy consumption frameworks in the UK, Energy Policy, 2006, Vol:34, Pages:3065-3077.

Conference Proceedings

  • Keirstead J, Samsatli N, Shah N, SynCity: an integrated tool kit for urban energy systems modelling, Urban Research Symposium, 2009.
  • Keirstead J, Samsatli N, Pantaleo A, et al, Evaluating integrated urban biomass strategies for a UK eco-town, European Biomass Conference, 2009.
  • Keirstead J, London’s energy system: prospects for using the service niche approach in current indicator practice, Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment, Loughborough University, 2009, Pages:488-502.
  • Keirstead J, London’s energy system: assessing the quality of urban sustainability indicators using the service niche approach, Second International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment, Loughborough University, L, 2009, Pages:471-487.
  • Keirstead J, Selecting sustainability indicators for urban energy systems, International Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2007.
  • Keirstead J, Household behavioural responses to PV-system monitoring devices, World Renewable Energy Congress, 2005.
  • Keirstead J, Photovoltaics in the UK domestic sector: a double-dividend?, ECEEE Summer Study, 2005, Pages:1249-1258.

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