My PhD research is studying the response of the UK Music Industry to climate change. The research is examining the efforts of the industry to organise itself to collectively take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The study is exploring the possible opportunities, limitations and contradictions for the industry to support a cultural shift towards sustainable energy lifestyles. The research investigates the perspectives of music businesses, artists and audience.
This research is a continuation of my work whilst at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute (ECI) on behalf of Julie's Bicycle, a non-profit organisation set-up by music industry leaders. I was the lead researcher of the First Step report, which scoped the greenhouse gas emissions of the UK music industry as well as identified the blockages and opportunities for the industry to reduce their emissions.
Other areas of energy research I have contributed are: personal carbon allowances, online carbon calculators, building energy use and management and environmental education. I am co-inventor of www.imeasure.org.uk (home) and www.SMEasure.org.uk (business) building energy management software.
I did a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University (USA) and a BSc in Geography from St. Andrews University (UK). I have completed environmental research in the USA, India and Pakistan.
In the Summer 09 I participated in the Santa Fe Institute Global Sustainability Summer School programme.
I participated in BBC Teachers TV series 'How Science Works' filming a programme on 'Music's Carbon Footprint' for 12-14 years old (Key Stage 3). The programme is based on the First Step research and the Julie's Bicycle initiative. To watch the programme go here.
I have given a number of presentations and participated in panel discussions, recent events include: Association for British Orchestras National Conference, Music Tank, and npower Retail Strategy Group.
Building Energy Management Software
These tools are available online for use by households and businesses. The data will be used for energy research. Funding support has been provided by the UK Energy Research Centre (www.ukerc.ac.uk) and the EPSRC Follow-on Fund
Bottrill, C., and Tsiarta, C. (2010) Moving Arts: Managing the carbon impacts of our touring (Vol.1 Bands, Vol.2 Orchestras and Vol. 3 Theatres). Julie's Bicycle, London
Bottrill, C., Liverman, D., and Boykoff, M. (January-March 2010) Carbon Soundings: greenhouse gas emissions of the UK music industry.
Environ. Res. Lett. Volume 5, No. 1
Bottrill C., Papageorgiou S., and Jones M. (2009). Jam Packed - Part 1: Audience Travel Emissions from Festivals 2008. Environmental Change Institute and Julie's Bicycle, London.
Julie's Bicycle, Arup, Environmental Change Institute and Purchasing for Profit (2009). Impacts and Opportunities: Reducing the Emissions of CD Packaging. Julie's Bicycle, London.
Bottrill, C., Lye, G., Boykoff, M., and Liverman, D. (2008). First Step: UK Music Industry Greenhouse Gas Emissions for 2007. Conducted by Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University on behalf of Julie's Bicycle, London
Fawcett, T., Bottrill, C., Boardman, B., Lye, G. (2007). UKERC Report: Scoping Study into Trialling Personal Carbon Allowances (PCAs). Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University
Bottrill, C. (2007). Internet-based tools for behaviour change. Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University. (updated version).
Bottrill, C. (2007). Internet Tools for Behaviour Change. Proceedings, European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy 2007 Summer Study, France
Bottrill, C. (2007). The Practicalities of Creating Ethical Carbon Markets. Workshop: Commodifying Carbon: The Ethics of Markets in Nature. Hosted by the Environmental Change Institute and the Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences, James Martin 21st Century School, Oxford University
Palmer J., Boardman B., Bottrill C., Darby S., Hinnells M., Killip G., Layberry R., Lovell H. (2007). Reducing the Environmental Impact of Housing. Final Report. Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution's 26th Report on the Urban Environment.
Contributor to Fawcett, T., Hillman, M. and Rajan, S. (2007). The Suicidal Planet: How to Prevent Global Climate Catastrophe. Thomas Dune Books, New York
Bottrill, C. (2006). ECI Report: Are we wasting the web? Using the Internet for Social Learning and Knowledge Exchange. Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.
Bottrill, C (2006). Understandings Domestic Tradable Quotas (DTQs) and Personal Carbon Allowances (PCAs). Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.
Bottrill, C. (2006). UKERC Working Paper: Personal Carbon Trading: The case for excluding ground public transportation. Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.
Bottrill, C. (2005). 40% House - Summary. Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University. To publication was a synopsis of - Boardman, B., Darby, S., Killip, G., Hinnells, M., Jardine, C.N., Palmer, J., and Sinden, G., (2005) 40% House. Environmental Change Institute Research Report Number 31, Oxford University
Bottrill, C. (2005). Homes in Historic Conservation Areas in Great Britain: Calculating the Proportion of Residential Dwellings in Conservation Areas. Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University.