Dr Hedda Ransan-Cooper

PhD
Research Fellow
College of Engineering & Computer Science
T: 0406600188

Areas of expertise

  • Environmental Sociology 160802
  • Social Change 160805
  • Sociology And Social Studies Of Science And Technology 160808

Biography

Hedda Ransan-Cooper leads the social science research activity within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program (BSGIP).

Social science researchers contribute to the broader program in several ways including:

Working with colleagues from different disciplines to anticipate issues with the changing grid, and build key concerns and risks into technology design, contributing to broader debates around responsible research and energy justice.

Understanding how distributed energy resources are integrated (or not) into the grid, how are publics imagined and considered in future scenarios, how are different imaginaries of the future grid materialised in funding, technology design, public policy etc.

Dr Ransan-Cooper's expertise includes the social and political dimensions of community/neighbourhood batteries, and Australians' view and experiences of a range of domestic energy products and services including virtual power plants. She is interested in social innovations that facilitate co-benefits and inclusive/just outcomes for the transition to renewables. 

 

Researcher's projects

Community models for deploying and operating Distributed Energy Resources (DER), funded by the Autralian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The project focus is on community involvement in neighbourhood level batteries (2019-2020).

Social Research into new areas of complaint for consumers engaging in new energy products and services in Victoria, funded by EWOV and DELWP (2020-2021).

Available student projects

I am interested in supervising students on topics surrounding the socio-political dimensions of energy transitions.

Current student projects

Kevin Chadwick. PhD. Working title: The behavioural economics of household energy decisions: Towards a predictably irrational choice model of decision making

Hugo Temby. PhD. Working title: Climate, code, and culture: The social worlds of smart energy technology projects in the Pacific

Anna Cain. PhD.

Matt Keighley. Masters of Energy Change. Working title: Sustainability of neighbourhood-scale battery business models: a comparative case study analysis

Past student projects

Hugo Temby (Masters of Applied Anthopology). Thesis title: Building block, or black box? ‘Smart’ energy technology and energy democracy

Hai Ha (Masters of Energy Change). Thesis title: Exploring energy justice in residential solar subsidisation in Vietnam: The case of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. 

Publications

Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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Updated:  20 October 2021 / Responsible Officer:  Director (Research Services Division) / Page Contact:  Researchers