Dr Rachel Macrorie

Research Associate

About Rachel

Rachel is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and portfolio lead on Urban Automation. She joined the Urban Institute having gained her doctorate from University of East Anglia School of Environmental Sciences, where she was a member of the critical social science research group 3S (Science, Society and Sustainability). Prior to returning to academia and graduating from the University of Leeds with a MSc (distinction) in Sustainability: Business, Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility, Rachel worked as an Environmental Consultant for the international firm Environmental Resources Management (ERM).

Research interests

Her research concentrates on understanding and informing the governance of everyday life for sustainability, with a focus on housing provision and retrofit, and energy and water management in the urban context.

Increasingly her research examines the visions, flows, dynamics and intersections that underpin ‘smart’ homes, grids and cities, with a view to encouraging more sustainable and socially accountable urban futures. To understand these contemporary challenges, she has used a wide-range of socio-technical conceptual lenses – theories of social practice, transition theory, interaction and power, and cultural theory. She also has expertise in designing, running and analysing outcomes from co-productive workshops, focus groups and qualitative interviews with diverse sets of stakeholders.

Publications

Macrorie R, Morley J, Kragh-Furbo M (2016) Cracking the Code: How algorithms and software are shaping everyday life. In Macrorie, R. and Wade, F. (Eds.). Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand – A working paper collection, Sheffield, Cambridge: Urban Institute (University of Sheffield), Balance Network (Balance Network, Anglia Ruskin University). Available at: http://balancenetwork.bimserver2.com

Macrorie R, Foulds C, Hargreaves T (2015) Governing and governed by practices: Exploring interventions in low-carbon housing policy and practice. In: Strengers, Y and Maller C (eds.) Social practices, interventions and sustainability: Beyond behaviour change. London: Routledge, pp. 95-111.

Sharp L, Macrorie R, and Turner A (2015) Resource efficiency and the imagined public: insights from cultural theory. Global Environmental Change 34: 196-206.

Macrorie R (2016) Re-constructing low-energy housing using ‘systems of practice’. PhD Thesis, University of East Anglia, UK.
Supervisors: Drs. Tom Hargreaves, Irene Lorenzoni, and Jane C Powell.
Examiners: Prof. Gordon Walker, Dr. Jason Chilvers.

Macrorie R (XXXX) Rigid footings and flexible foundations: How ‘systems of practice’ configure low-energy housing. Environment and Planning A [submitted April 2016]

Foulds C, Macrorie R and Robison R (XXXX) Energy monitoring as a practice: Investigating use of the iMeasure online energy feedback tool. Energy Policy [submitted April 2016]

Macrorie R and Marvin M (2016) The emerging ecosystem of urban automation: Towards a research agenda. In: Automating everyday life panel, What energy is for: the making and dynamics of demand, The DEMAND Centre Conference 2016, April 13-15 2016, Lancaster University, UK.

Macrorie R (2016) Between rigid footings and flexible foundations: How ‘systems of practice’ shape low-energy housing. In: The role of standards and standardisation in making demand panel, What energy is for: the making and dynamics of demand, The DEMAND Centre Conference 2016, April 13-15 2016, Lancaster University, UK.

Macrorie R (2016) Uncovering networks, nodes and nuances: A ‘systems of practice’ approach to low-energy housing. In: Reimagining ‘smart’ and low-carbon urbanism panel, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, March 29-April 2 2016, San Francisco, CA.

Macrorie R (2015) Everyday life as ‘smart’ techno-utopia? In: Critical Perspective on Smart Cities: What’s different? What’s important? panel, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, Research Conference 2015, Thursday 17th September 2015, Novotel Central, Sheffield, UK.

Macrorie R and Wade F (2016) Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand. Report to funders (EPSRC and Balance Network) on network activities & outputs. May 20th 2016.

Macrorie R and Watson M (2016) Reimagining ‘smart’ and low-carbon urbanism panel, American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference, March 29th -April 2nd 2016, San Francisco, CA.

Macrorie R and Wade F (2016) Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand. Panel debate. In: Beyond Balance: How digital technologies are affecting our work, our homes, and everything in between, June 27th 2016, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), London, UK.

Scheduled to chair ‘Urban spaces (2): planning, modelling and development’ panel session at RGS-IBG conference, 31st August 2016.

Macrorie R, Wade F, Buchanan K and Morosanu R (2015) Rhythms, routines and relationships: Daily life, digital technologies and energy demand, November 26th – 27th 2015, ICOSS Building, University of Sheffield, UK.