Kevin Chadwick

PhD Student

PhD student at ANU with external supervisors at BEST

Thesis topic

“The behavioural economics of household energy decisions”

Thesis project

Energy market reforms emphasise the central role households are expected to play in ensuring the reliability and affordability of electricity as installations of rooftop solar, batteries and smart home devices rise to unprecedented levels. Despite evidence to the contrary, reform policies rely on assumptions that households will adopt and use these technologies to support the system in response to price signals. My research explores non-price influences on these household energy decisions with a view to informing energy market reform policies that accommodate the needs and expectations of real households, rather than the idealised ‘prosumers’ assumed in current strategies.

BEST Conference 2022 Presentation | “Do households maximise solar self-consumption in the absence of financial incentives?”

Supervisor details

Professor Nicholas Biddle – Principal Supervisor – Centre for Social Research and Methods – ANU

Professor Robert Breunig – Associate Supervisor – Tax and Transfer Policy Institute – ANU

James White – Associate Supervisor – Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources – Australian Government

Professor Rebekah Russell-Bennett – Associate Supervisor – AMPR – QUT Business School

Professor Uwe Dulleck – Associate Supervisor – Economics and Finance – QUT Business School