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Danielle Butler

Community and communication: an exploration of the interactions between fuel poor households and both formal and informal intermediaries.


Danielle has been awarded a Pathways to Excellence studentship from the University of Salford and will begin her PhD in October 2015. Centred on developing effective communication and engagement strategies with fuel poor households, her doctoral research will aim to examine the role of intermediaries such as third-sector organisations, in the context of urban fuel poverty.

Funder: University of Salford

Supervisor(s): Dr Graeme Sherriff and Professor Philip Brown.

Currently completing her Masters by Research, Danielle is undertaking qualitative research to explore the attitudes, behaviours and experiences of fuel poverty among a young adult population. Graduating from the University of Salford in 2014, with a BSc Psychology, she completed her undergraduate dissertation in collaboration with the Greater Manchester Empty Homes Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Her research was selected as the 2014 winner of the Jonathan Sime Award; a national award that recognises a significant contribution to the field of people-environment research. Danielle has substantial experience of working in an advisory capacity as an employee at Salford Citizens Advice; a role that requires identifying and evidencing current social policy issues, as well as working in partnership with local organisations to establish effective support networks.

Research Interests

Behavioural and environmental psychology; energy vulnerability; housing and social inequalities and qualitative research methods.

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