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Academic Biography

Dr. Tracey Crosbie is a Reader in Sustainability in the Built Environment in the School of Science, Engineering and Design at Teesside University. She is a transdisciplinary academic with degrees in the social and technical sciences. Dr. Crosbie has been researching issues associated with energy consumption in built environment for almost 20 years. She has a great deal of experience in leading the development of successful collaborative research proposals and managing work in national and international interdisciplinary research and innovation projects. She leads the Sustainable Environments Grand Challenge research theme at the university, her role being to facilitate multidisciplinary research across the university’s different schools.

In line with the demands of research into the issues surrounding sustainability Dr. Crosbie’s academic background spans both the social and technical sciences. Her interest in sustainability underpinned her PhD awarded by the University of Newcastle, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape (2004) explores the social and environmental impacts of the new business practices that arose out of the privatisation and liberalisation of the utilities industries. This built upon her previously awarded academic qualifications which include an MSc in IT awarded by Teesside University, a Postgraduate Certificate (PGc) in Social Welfare and Social Work awarded by the University of Northumbria and a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy awarded by the University of Durham.

Summary of Research Interests

Dr Crosbie’s current research interests focus on the development of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research methodologies, sustainability policy and its implementation, urban development and smart cities and smart energy infrastructures.

Currently Dr Crosbie is managing the delivery of the European Commission (EC) funded REACT project at Teesside University, she also leads current research in the inteGRIDy project funded by the EC.  Previously DR Crosbie managed the IDEAS project funded by the EC, which was successfully concluded at the end of 2015. She also led the design and implementation of the evaluation strategy for a Big Lottery funded community based project called One Planet Middlesbrough: Communities living sustainably which was delivered in 2017. Dr. Crosbie has also participated in a DECC expert panels on energy related behaviours. Other recent large collaborative research projects in which Dr. Crosbie has led work include SEMANCO  and IntUBE.

PhD supervision

Currently Dr. Crosbie is involved in the supervision of four PhD students:

  • Sean Williams, Control Optimisation for Demand Response Systems
  • Kennedy Amadasun, Investigating the feasibility of integrating minimal mast structure in Telecommunications industry in Nigeria
  • Alima Ogah, Climate Change in Nigeria: Assessing Policy and Practice
  • Maher Abuhussain, Developing a Framework for Knowledge Transfer Partnership in Technology-Intensive Infrastructure Projects in Saudi Arabia

Recent PhD completions in which Dr Crosbie was involved include:

  • Eid Mohammed Algarni (2016) Informing the development of Land use policies that support sustainable Planning
  • Amit Mhalas (2014) Assessment and Decision Support for Energy Performance Improvement of Dwellings: Framework and Prototype Development

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Research Output

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  • Decentralised Energy Optimisation For Blocks of Buildings

    Williams, S., Short, M. & Crosbie, T., 15 Mar 2019. 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Mind the gap when implementing technologies intended to reduce or shift energy consumption in blocks-of-buildings

    Breukers, S., Crosbie, T. & Summeren, L. V., 18 Oct 2019, In : Energy and Environment. 21 p.

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    Optimal Dispatch of Aggregated HVAC Units for Demand Response: An Industry 4.0 Approach

    Short, M., Rodriguez, S., Charlesworth, R., Crosbie, T. & Dawood, N., 13 Nov 2019, In : Energies. 12, 22, 20 p., 4320.

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    Press / Media

    Test Time For Planners

    Nashwan Dawood & Tracey Crosbie


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    Assessment and decision support for energy performance improvement of dwellings: framework and prototype development

    Author: Mhalas, A., 1 Apr 2013

    Supervisor: Dawood, N. (Supervisor) & Crosbie, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis