Fellow: Webb
Elected: 2023
Discipline: Economics and Social Sciences
Professor Janette Webb
Professorial Fellow Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
Janette Webb MBE is Professorial Fellow, Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on societal responses to climate crisis, and the tight coupling between modern societies and fossil fuels across sectors and scales, from global finance to governments to low-income households. She is currently Co-Director of UK Energy Research Centre, leading multi-disciplinary research on the potential of integrated local and regional energy systems to improve ‘whole system’ resilience, affordability and efficiency. She has long standing interest in policy and practice for decarbonising heat in buildings and the role of local government in energy provisions. She is a member of Ofgem/Innovate UK Strategic Innovation Fund expert panel on Whole Systems Integration and Scottish Science Advisory Council Energy Group. She was a member of Scottish Power Energy Networks Customer Engagement Group, 2020-22, challenging business planning for the Ofgem distribution network price control, 2023-28. She was formerly a member of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland (2019-20) and Non-Executive Director NHS Health Scotland (2003-11), where she was also founder member of NHS Scotland Public Health and Sustainability Network. She played a leading role in development and launch of the University of Edinburgh multi-disciplinary MA Honours Degree in Sustainable Development.