Claire Hoolohan

University of Manchester

Research Fellow


Having recently completed a PhD on innovative demand management strategies for the UK water sector, Claire is now a Research Associate at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change research. Working on the Stepping Up project, Claire’s research examines potential social, technological and climate changes out to the year 2050, and investigates the implications of these for innovation in the UK’s water-energy-food nexus. Combining stakeholder insights with those from the existing scientific evidence base, this research develops novel methodologies to understand the opportunities and challenges future changes might bring, and how these can be might be realised and overcome respectively to maximise the benefits of sustainable production systems.

Claire’s expertise are in the social sciences, where she has extensive experience working with consumers, businesses and government organisations to develop strategies to manage a variety of sustainability objectives. Her PhD research is recognised for “Emerging Impact” in the University of Manchester’s social responsibility awards, as it sought to involve key actors within the water sector to develop novel approaches to reduce water demand. The UK has a growing water security challenge, and managing demand is one aspect in the address of this challenge that is as yet poorly understood. Claire’s PhD research identifies avenues to reconfigure the social and material dimensions of water use in order to bring about lasting and meaningful change to ordinary patterns of consumption.

Alongside her PhD, Claire was a Research Associate with CSEF (Centre for Sustainable Energy in Food supply chains), and developed a multi-disciplinary framework to understand and engage in the social dimensions of food preparation and consumption to reduce the UK’s energy demand. This research builds on Claire’s substantial track record of developing approaches to engage in a variety of food-related sustainability challenges, working with supermarkets, caterers and local authorities on interdisciplinary research projects at Small World Consulting.

Recent publications:

Hoolohan, McLachlan & Mander (2018) Food-related routines and energy policy: A focus group study examining the potential for change in the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science

Hoolohan (2017) Water management in the face of droughts. Government Business Magazine

Claire Hoolohan (2016) Reframing water efficiency: Designing approaches that reconfigure the shared and collective aspects of everyday water use. PhD Summary available online:

Hoolohan & Browne (2016) Reframing water efficiency: determining collective approaches to change water use in the home. British Journal of Environment and Climate Change

Hoolohan, McLachlan, Mander, (2016) Trends and drivers of end-use energy demand and the implications for managing energy in food supply chains. Sustainable Production and Consumption

Hoolohan (2015) Innovative behaviour change strategies for water efficiency in the UK. Proceedings of the Water Efficiency Network April 2016

Maria Sharmina, Claire Hoolohan, et al. (2016) A nexus perspective on competing land demands: Wider lessons from a UK policy case study. Environmental Science & Policy.

Hoolohan, Berners-Lee, McKinstry-West, Hewitt (2013) Mitigating the greenhouse gas emissions embodied in food through realistic consumer choices. Energy Policy

Hoolohan, Berners-Lee, Cammack, Hewitt (2012) The relative greenhouse gas impacts of realistic dietary choices. Energy Policy.



Watef (Water Efficiency Network) Award for Best Research Paper 2014

University of Manchester 'Making a Difference Award' for Emerging Impact 2017

EPSRC RISE (Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers) 'Connector' Award 2018