DescriptionNational Energy Action (NEA) is the national charity seeking to end fuel poverty across the UK. We work across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and with our sister charity Energy Action Scotland, to ensure that everyone can afford to live in a warm, dry home. NEA believes that policy and practice should be evidence-based and our research seeks to advance the existing body of knowledge on fuel poverty, domestic energy issues and assess the impact of associated policy and practice interventions. NEA’s in-house Research Team has over 25 years’ combined experience of working in these fields and is strengthened by working closely with colleagues within NEA and with external partners. Over the years, NEA’s Research Team has conducted research alongside academic institutions; the EU; central and local governments; community and voluntary sector agencies; consumer groups; housing associations; the health and social care; the entire breadth of the energy sector; the water industry; and private sector product manufacturers and installers. This collective breadth of insight helps to ensure that NEA is the expert voice on behalf of the fuel poor and helps the charity in achieving its vision of no-one living in fuel poverty.
Helen joined NEA in 2001 and has over 15 years applied social research experience and of researching fuel poverty, domestic energy issues and the impact of associated policy and practice interventions. As part of the Policy and Research Directorate Helen manages the Research Team and functions at NEA and supports NEA as the expert voice on fuel poverty through the production and collation of high quality research evidence and policy analysis. Helen holds a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Social Research, an MSc in Social Research and MSc in Public Administration, covering aspects of social policy development, policy analysis and public sector management. Helen’s areas of research interest span social policy and issues relating to poverty, energy and social justice. Helen is enthusiastic about exploring new methodological approaches for researching fuel poverty and the ways that knowledge can be better brokered between academia and those working in policy and practice. Helen represents NEA on the Management Board of the Energy Poverty Observatory.
Domestic energy policy
Social and financial inclusion