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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.

She managed the IDEAS project funded by the European Commission (EC) which was successfully concluded at the end of 2015. She is leading work packages in two current smart grid project called inteGRIDy and DR-BOB, also funded by the EC. She is currently leading the design and implementation of the evaluation strategy for a Big Lottery funded community based project called One Planet Middlesbrough: Communities living sustainably. 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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Projects 2016 2022

Research Output 2004 2019

Decentralised Energy Optimisation For Blocks of Buildings

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

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Learning systems
Power plants
Hot Temperature
61 Downloads (Pure)

A Holistic Approach to Delivering Sustainable Design Education in Civil Engineering

Vemury, C., Heidrich, O., Thorpe, N. & Crosbie, T., 1 Jan 2018, In : International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education. 19, 1, p. 197-216 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
holistic approach
Civil engineering
61 Downloads (Pure)

Demand Response Technology Readiness Levels for Energy Management in Blocks of Buildings

Crosbie, T., Broderick, J., Short, M., Charlesworth, R. & Dawood, M., 24 Jan 2018, In : Buildings. 8, 2, p. -

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Energy management
Fossil fuels
Power generation

From Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) to demonstrating demand response in blocks of buildings. Upgrading technical and social systems

Rodriguez, S., Crosbie, T., Dawood, M., Short, M. & Dawood, N., 2018, p. 106. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Electric power transmission networks
Energy management
Electric power distribution
58 Downloads (Pure)

On the use of thermal inertia in building stock to leverage decentralised demand side frequency regulation services

Williams, S., Short, M. & Crosbie, T., 25 Mar 2018, In : Applied Thermal Engineering. 133, p. 97-106 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Law enforcement
Thermal load
Frequency response
Power plants

Press / Media

Test Time For Planners

Nashwan Dawood & Tracey Crosbie


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media


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