Dr Rose Chard

PhD student

Thesis Outline

The phrase ‘fuel poverty’ has a long accepted definition in terms of the ability to achieve adequate energy services in the home at an affordable cost. This labels a household as ‘fuel poor’ if it needs 10% or more of its income to be spent on all household fuel use to main adequate temperatures. However it is also a term used more loosely to describe a situation where households cannot afford to keep their homes adequately warm.

In the thesis I will problematise 'fuel poverty' through its representations in:

  • National definitions
  • The work of local organisations
  • The everyday narratives of households

This addresses the problem of existing disparate understandings of what it means to live with fuel poverty, examining the connections and disconnections between policy and action at various scales.

Living with fuel poverty in older age: coping strategies and their problematic implications
Chard, R., Walker, G.P. 08/2016 In: Energy Research and Social Science. 18, p. 62-70. 9 p.
Journal article

The struggle to afford adequate energy: different ways of knowing fuel poverty
Chard, R. 13/06/2016 183 p.
Doctoral Thesis