galvinImage2Dr Ray Galvin Curriculum Vitae


 Updated 07 December, 2014


Personal details:

Full Name: Raymond James Galvin

Nationality: United Kingdom and New Zealand

Addresses: Friedrichstr 77, 52070 Aachen, Germany;

and 34 Linden Close, Cambridge CB4 3JU, UK

Phone: 004924195780172; 0044 7758 832415




I have an interdisciplinary background in engineering, social sciences and policy studies. My recent research is in energy saving in buildings, including the influences of policy, economics, the physical properties of buildings, and consumer behaviour. I am especially interested in how certain combinations of targeted thermal retrofit measures and household behaviour change can maximise heating fuel savings in homes, and how government policies need to be developed to support these. Recent research also includes rebound effects in residential and non-residential buildings, economic determinants of commuter travel, and rebound effect theory.


Fields of activity


Energy consumption in Buildings:

Technical and behavioural issues in reducing energy consumption in buildings; economics of thermal retrofits; rebound effects; German thermal retrofit policy.


Transport and energy:

Commuter travel; air travel; rebound effects and economic determinants of personal travel.


Energy policy:

German, UK and UE-wide policy on energy and climate change; renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.

Scientific realism as a conceptual basis for interdisciplinary studies on science-policy interfaces.


Social theory:

Narrative psychology, social practice theory, and socio- technical systems theory as a conceptual basis for consumer studies.



Publications in academic journals:

Galvin R. (2017). How does Speed Affect the Rebound Effect in Car Travel? Conceptual Issues Explored in
Case Study of 900 Formula 1 Grand Prix Speed Trials. Energy 128(June): 28–38 [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank, M. (2017). Ten Questions Concerning Sustainable Domestic Thermal Retrofit Policy Research. Building and Environment (forthcoming). [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2017). Humans and Stuff: Interweaving Social and Physical Science in Energy Policy Research. Energy Research & Social Science 26(April): 98–102. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R., Gubernat A. (2016). The Rebound Effect and Schatzki’s Social Theory: Reassessing the
Socio-materiality of Energy Consumption via a German Case Study. Energy Research & Social Science 22(December): 183–193. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank, M. (2016). Schatzkian Practice Theory and Energy Consumption Research: Time
for some Philosophical Spring Cleaning? Energy Research & Social Science 22(December): 63–68. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2016). Rebound Effects from Speed and Acceleration in Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Cars: An Empirical and Conceptual Investigation. Applied Energy 172(June): 207-216. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin, R., Sunikka-Blank, M. (2016). Quantification of (p)rebound Effects in Retrofit Policies – Why does it Matter? Energy, 95(January): 415-424. [ScienceDirect]

Grossmann, D., Galvin, R., Weiss, J., Madlener, R., Hirschl, B. (2016). A Methodology for Estimating Rebound Effects in Non-residential Public Service Buildings: Case Study of Four Buildings in Germany. Energy and Buildings, 111(January), 455-467. [ScienceDirect]

Sunikka-Blank, M., Galvin R. (2016). Irrational Homeowners? How Aesthetics and Heritage Values Influence Thermal Retrofit Decisions in the United Kingdom. Energy Research and Social Science, 11(January): 97-108. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R., Terry N. (2016). Selling Energy Savings in the United Kingdom: A Case Study of
Top–down Pro-environmental Behaviour Change in Commercial Office Buildings. Energy Research and Social Science, 11(January): 155-163. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2015). The ICT/electronics Question: Structural Change and the Rebound Effect. Ecological Economics 120(December): 23-31. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2015). The Eebound Effect, Gender and Social Justice: a Case Study in Germany. Energy Policy 86(November): 759–769. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2015). Integrating the Rebound Effect: Accurate Predictors for Upgrading Domestic Heating. Building Research and Information, 43(November), 710-722. [tandfonline]

Galvin R. (2015). 'Constant' Rebound Effects in Domestic Heating: Developing a Cross-Sectional Method. Ecological Economics, 110(February): 28-35. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2015). How Many Interviews are Enough? Do Qualitative Interviews in Building Energy Consumption Research Produce Reliable Knowledge? Journal of Building Engineering, 1(March):1-12. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M. (2014). The UK Homeowner-Retrofitter as an Innovator in a Socio-Technical System. Energy Policy, 74(November): 655-662. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2014). Are Passive Houses Economically Viable? A Reality-based, Subjectivist Approach to Cost-Benefit Analyses. Energy and Buildings, 80: 149-157. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2014). Estimating Broad-Brush Rebound Effects for Household Energy Consumption in the EU28 Countries and Norway: Some Policy Implications of Odyssee Data. Energy Policy, 73: 323-332. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M. (2014). Disaggregating the Causes of Falling Consumption of Domestic Heating Energy in Germany. Energy Efficiency, 7: 851-864. [SpringerLink]

Galvin R. (2014). Why German Homeowners are Reluctant to Retrofit, Building Research and Information, 42(4): 398-408. [tandfonline]

Galvin R. (2013). Making the 'Rebound Effect' More Useful for Performance Evaluation of Thermal Retrofits of Existing Homes: Defining the 'Energy Savings Deficit' and the 'Energy Performance Gap', Energy and Buildings, 69: 515–524.

Galvin R. (2013). Targeting 'Behavers' Rather Than Behaviours: A 'Subject-Oriented' Approach for Reducing Space Heating Rebound Effects in Low Energy Dwellings, Energy and Buildings, 67: 596-607. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2013). Impediments to Energy-Efficient Ventilation of German Dwellings: A Case Study in Aachen, Energy and Buildings, 56: 32-40. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M. (2013). Economic Viability in Thermal Retrofit Policies: Learning from Ten Years of Experience in Germany, Energy Policy, 54: 343-351. [ScienceDirect]

Rosenow J., Galvin R. (2013). Evaluating the Evaluations: Evidence from Energy Efficiency Programmes in Germany and the UK, Energy and Buildings, 62(July): 450-458. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2012). German Federal Policy on Thermal Renovation of Existing Homes: A Policy Evaluation, Sustainable Cities and Society, 4: 58-66. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M. (2012). Including Fuel Price Elasticity of Demand in Net Present Value and Payback Time Calculations of Thermal Retrofits: Case Study of German Dwellings, Energy and Buildings, 50: 219-228. [ScienceDirect]

Sunikka-Blank M., Galvin R. (2012). Introducing the Prebound Effect: the Gap Between Performance and Actual Energy Consumption, Building Research & Information, 40(3): 1–14. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2010). Thermal Upgrades of Existing Homes in Germany: The Building Code, Subsidies, and Economic Efficiency, Energy and Buildings, 42(6): 834-844. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2010). Solving Mould and Condensation Problems: A Dehumidifier Trial in a Suburban House in Britain, Energy and Buildings, 42(11): 2118-2123. [ScienceDirect]



Publications in peer-reviewed university working paper series:

Galvin R, Madlene R (2014) Determinants of Commuter Trends and Implications for Indirect Rebound Effects: A Case Study of Germany's Largest Federal State of NRW, 1994-2013 (September 1, 2014). Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior (FCN) Working Paper No. 9/2014. Available at SSRN:

Galvin R (2010) ‘Environmental Policy Discourse and its Material Objects: Bridging the Gap with ‘Modest Realism,’ CSERGE Working Paper 2011-2, University of East Anglia. Available at:

Galvin R (2009) Developing a critical model to evaluate the appropriateness of local body climate protection policies,’ CSERGE Working Paper EDM-2009-09, University of East Anglia.  Available at: edm_2009_09.pdf (144.78 KB)

Galvin R (2009) ‘Modifying Actor-network thoery to analyse the German project of photovoltaic energy generation,’ CSERGE Working Paper EDM-2009-02, University of East Anglia.  Available at: edm_2009_02.pdf (172.51 KB)



Galvin R (2011) Discourse and Materiality in Environmental Policy: the Case of German Federal Policy on Thermal Renovation of Existing Homes, Doctoral Thesis, University of East Anglia. Available at:

Galvin R (2008) Learning from Freiburg’s Climate Protection Endeavours, Masters Thesis, University of East Anglia. Available at


Expert Review and Marking work:

Research funding evaluator for European Commission energy research funding projects.

Peer-Reviewer for academic journals:

Energy and Buildings; Energy Efficiency; Building Research and Information; Energies; Science of the Total Environment.

Academic Marking (University of Cambridge):

Masters theses on sustainability management topics; Masters and Postgraduate Diploma essays and project papers on sustainability and industry.


Recent books:

(2015) The Rebound Effect in Domestic Heating: a guide for policymakers and the building industry. London: Earthscan/Taylor and Francis (in press).

(2013) A Critical Analysis of German Thermal Retrofit Policy: Turning Down the Heat. London & New York: Springer Publications.


Educational Qualifications:

Doctor of Philosophy (in Environmental Science and Politics)

   University of East Anglia, 2011

Master of Science (in Climate Change Science and Policy) with Distinction

University of East Anglia, 2008

Master of Education (Counselling/Psychotherapy) with First Class Honours

University of Auckland, 1996

Bachelor of Divinity

University of Otago, 1975; postgraduate work at Cambridge University

Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with 2:1 Honours

    University of Auckland, 1971

Graduate Diploma in Teacher Education (Secondary)

Auckland Institute of Technology, 1998

Kleines Deutsches Sprachdiplom (Diploma in German Language)

Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, 1990

Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults

Cambridge University, 1998

Supplementary University Qualifications in Computer Programming, Database Management, German, Spanish, Philosophy, English, Hebrew.


Current positions:

Research Associate, Energy Research Centre (Future Consumer Needs and Behaviour Unit), RWTH-Aachen University, Germany

Tutor and Researcher, Cambridge University IDBE (Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment) and Faculty of Architecture


Former Vocational Record:

Doctoral Student and Staff Member, University of East Anglia, October 2008 – April 2011

Masters Student, University of East Anglia, October 2007-August 2008

Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher, Impington Village College, Cambridge, January 2002 – April 2007

Mathematics Teacher, Long Bay College, Auckland, February 1999 – December 2001

Presbyterian Minister, Presbyterian Church of New Zealand: January 1975 – August 1997.



English native speaker.

Fluent in German;

Rough knowledge of Maori, Spanish, French and Italian