Dr Ray Galvin Curriculum Vitae
Updated 07 December, 2014
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.
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.
Narrative psychology, social practice theory, and socio- technical systems theory as a conceptual basis for consumer studies.
Publications in academic journals:
Galvin R., Gubernat A.
(2016). The Rebound Effect and Schatzki’s Social Theory: Reassessing the
Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank,
M. (2016). Schatzkian Practice Theory and Energy Consumption Research: Time
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]
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
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. (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. (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., 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]
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: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2534281
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: http://www.cserge.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2011-02.pdf
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: http://justsolutions.eu/Resources/PhDGalvinFinal.pdf
Galvin R (2008) Learning from Freiburg’s Climate Protection Endeavours, Masters Thesis, University of East Anglia. Available at http://justsolutions.eu/Resources/FreiburgProjectGalvin.pdf
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.
(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.
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.
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:
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