Dr Louise  Reid

Dr Louise Reid

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Geography

Researcher profile

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I gained my first degree, an MA(Hons) in Environmental Geography in 2003 at the University of Aberdeen, immediately followed by an MSc in Sustainable Rural Development (2004). From then until 2006, I worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute (formally the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute) on interdisciplinary EU-funded projects. Having gained experience working as a researcher, I decided academia was for me, and completed an ESRC-Scottish Government funded collaborative PhD studentship in Human Geography entitled ‘Environmental behaviour change: a role for household diaries?’ (2010, University of Aberdeen).

I joined the University of St Andrews in 2010, initially as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Housing Research, before becoming a Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Geography in 2011, and Senior Lecturer in 2019.

I also hold the following roles:


I am module co-ordinator for:

  • SD1000 ‘What is Sustainable Development’
  • SD3111 ‘Home and Energy Geographies’
  • Vertically Integrated Project (VIP) ‘Environmental Ethics at Work’

I contribute to a range of other modules such as SS5101 ‘Being a Social Scientist’, GD5801 ‘Interrogating Sustainable Development’, SD3000 ‘Contesting Sustainability’, SD2001 ‘Sustainable Development: Frameworks for Implementation’ as well as dissertation supervision.

Research areas

My research surrounds home and its relations with sustainability and wellbeing/health, often in relation to ‘smart’ technologies. I am primarily interested in the experience of home but also how homes are imagined by a diverse range of people, and what this means for the future of home.

Between 2013-2018 I held an ESRC Future Research Leader’s Award ‘Smarter Homes’ when I investigated low carbon living in homes across the UK and Netherlands. The experience of smart technologies has been a key interest of mine and has evolved to also explore technology-enabled care at home, for instance via a RSE Sabbatical Research Fellowship ‘Homes that Care?’ (2019-2021) and Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant (2019-2021).

As deputy PI of ISPA: Intersectional Stigma and Place-Based Ageing, funded through the ESRC’s Healthy Ageing Programme (2022-2027), I am working with collaborators to extend my interests around the experience of technologies and home adaptations. With PI Vikki McCall, our Co-I’s and 15 non-academic partners such as Public Health Scotland, the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre, Care & Repair England, we will be investigating the lived realities of adults with sensory and mobility impairments to understand how different types of stigma (related to age, disability and place) converge to produce added barriers to living inclusively. 

PhD supervision

  • Ruhamah Thejus
  • Christopher Murray

Selected publications


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