Ray Galvin

Affiliated Researcher

Galvin, Raymond James



Phone: +49 241 80 49721
Fax: +49 241 80 49829

Research Interests

  • Energy consumption in buildings
  • Energy policy
  • Social theory

Curriculum Vitae

Academic qualifications

Previous work

  • Tutor and Researcher, Cambridge University Sustainability Management Programme and Faculty of Architecture
  • Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher, Impington Village College, Cambridge UK and Long Bay College, Auckland New Zealand
  • Pastor and Psychotherapist, Presbyterian Church of New Zealand and Reformed Church of Austria
  • Electrical engineer, Telecom, New Zealand


Journal Articles (full scholarly peer-review)
Galvin R., Healy N. (2020). The Green New Deal in the United States: What it is and how to pay for it. Energy Research & Social Science 67(September). [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2020). Who co-opted our energy efficiency gains? A sociology of macro-level rebound effects and US car makers. Energy Policy 142(July). [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2020). I'll follow the sun: Geo-sociotechnical constraints on prosumer households in Germany. Energy Research & Social Science 65(July). [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2020). “Let Justice Roll Down like Waters”: Reconnecting Energy Justice to its Roots in the Civil Rights Movement. Energy Research & Social Science 62(April). [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2020). Power, Evil and Resistance in Social Structure: a Sociology for Energy Research in a Climate Emergency. Energy Research & Social Science 61(March). [ScienceDirect]
Ruzzenenti F., Font Vivanco D., Galvin R., Sorrell S., Wagner A. and Walnum H.J. (2019). Editorial: The Rebound Effect and the Jevons' Paradox: Beyond the Conventional Wisdom. Frontiers in Energy Research 7(90). []
Galvin R. (2019). Letting the Gini out of the Fuel Poverty Bottle? Correlating Cold Homes and Income Inequality in European Union Countries. Energy Research & Social Science 58(December). [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2019). What Does it Mean to Make a Moral Claim? A Wittgensteinian Approach to
Energy Justice. Energy Research & Social Science 54(August): 176–184. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank, M. (2018). Economic Inequality and Household Energy Consumption in High-income Countries: A Challenge for Social Science Based Energy Research. Ecological Economics 153(November): 78–88. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2018). Trouble at the End of the Line: Local Activism and Social Acceptance in Low-Carbon Electricity Transmission in Lower Franconia, Germany. Energy Research & Social Science 38(April): 114–126. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2018). ‘Them and us’: Regional-national power-plays in the German energy transformation: A case study in Lower Franconia. Energy Policy 113(February): 269–277. [ScienceDirect]
Sunikka-Blank, M., Galvin, R., Behar, C. (2018). Harnessing Social Class, Taste and Gender for More Effective Policies. Building Research & Information 46:1, 114–126. [Taylor & Francis]
Galvin R. (2017). Energy Consumption Effects of Speed and Acceleration in Electric Vehicles:
Laboratory Case Studies and Implications for Drivers and Policymakers. Transportation Research Part D 53(2017): 234–248. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2017). How does Speed Affect the Rebound Effect in Car Travel? Conceptual Issues Explored in
Case Study of 900 Formula 1 Grand Prix Speed Trials. Energy 128(June): 28–38 [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank, M. (2017). Ten Questions Concerning Sustainable Domestic Thermal Retrofit Policy Research. Building and Environment 118(June): 377–388. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2017). Humans and Stuff: Interweaving Social and Physical Science in Energy Policy Research. Energy Research & Social Science 26(April): 98–102. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R., Gubernat A. (2016). The Rebound Effect and Schatzki’s Social Theory: Reassessing the
Socio-materiality of Energy Consumption via a German Case Study. Energy Research & Social Science 22(December): 183–193. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank, M. (2016). Schatzkian Practice Theory and Energy Consumption Research: Time
for some Philosophical Spring Cleaning? Energy Research & Social Science 22(December): 63–68. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2016). Rebound Effects from Speed and Acceleration in Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Cars: An Empirical and Conceptual Investigation. Applied Energy 172(June): 207-216. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin, R., Sunikka-Blank, M. (2016). Quantification of (p)rebound Effects in Retrofit Policies – Why does it Matter? Energy, 95(January): 415-424. [ScienceDirect]
Grossmann, D., Galvin, R., Weiss, J., Madlener, R., Hirschl, B. (2016). A Methodology for Estimating Rebound Effects in Non-residential Public Service Buildings: Case Study of Four Buildings in Germany. Energy and Buildings, 111(January), 455-467. [ScienceDirect]
Sunikka-Blank, M., Galvin R. (2016). Irrational Homeowners? How Aesthetics and Heritage Values Influence Thermal Retrofit Decisions in the United Kingdom. Energy Research and Social Science, 11(January): 97-108. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R., Terry N. (2016). Selling Energy Savings in the United Kingdom: A Case Study of
Top–down Pro-environmental Behaviour Change in Commercial Office Buildings. Energy Research and Social Science, 11(January): 155-163. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2015). The ICT/electronics Question: Structural Change and the Rebound Effect. Ecological Economics 120(December): 23-31. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2015). The Eebound Effect, Gender and Social Justice: a Case Study in Germany. Energy Policy 86(November): 759–769. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2015). Integrating the Rebound Effect: Accurate Predictors for Upgrading Domestic Heating. Building Research and Information, 43(November), 710-722. [tandfonline]
Galvin R. (2015). 'Constant' Rebound Effects in Domestic Heating: Developing a Cross-Sectional Method. Ecological Economics, 110(February): 28-35. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2015). How Many Interviews are Enough? Do Qualitative Interviews in Building Energy Consumption Research Produce Reliable Knowledge? Journal of Building Engineering, 1(March):1-12. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M. (2014). The UK Homeowner-Retrofitter as an Innovator in a Socio-Technical System. Energy Policy, 74(November): 655-662. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2014). Are Passive Houses Economically Viable? A Reality-based, Subjectivist Approach to Cost-Benefit Analyses. Energy and Buildings, 80: 149-157. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2014). Estimating Broad-Brush Rebound Effects for Household Energy Consumption in the EU28 Countries and Norway: Some Policy Implications of Odyssee Data. Energy Policy, 73: 323-332. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M. (2014). Disaggregating the Causes of Falling Consumption of Domestic Heating Energy in Germany. Energy Efficiency, 7: 851-864. [SpringerLink]
Galvin R. (2014). Why German Homeowners are Reluctant to Retrofit, Building Research and Information, 42(4): 398-408. [tandfonline]
Galvin R. (2013). Making the 'Rebound Effect' More Useful for Performance Evaluation of Thermal Retrofits of Existing Homes: Defining the 'Energy Savings Deficit' and the 'Energy Performance Gap', Energy and Buildings, 69: 515–524.
Galvin R. (2013). Targeting 'Behavers' Rather Than Behaviours: A 'Subject-Oriented' Approach for Reducing Space Heating Rebound Effects in Low Energy Dwellings, Energy and Buildings, 67: 596-607. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2013). Impediments to Energy-Efficient Ventilation of German Dwellings: A Case Study in Aachen, Energy and Buildings, 56: 32-40. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M. (2013). Economic Viability in Thermal Retrofit Policies: Learning from Ten Years of Experience in Germany, Energy Policy, 54: 343-351. [ScienceDirect]
Rosenow J., Galvin R. (2013). Evaluating the Evaluations: Evidence from Energy Efficiency Programmes in Germany and the UK, Energy and Buildings, 62(July): 450-458. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2012). German Federal Policy on Thermal Renovation of Existing Homes: A Policy Evaluation, Sustainable Cities and Society, 4: 58-66. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M. (2012). Including Fuel Price Elasticity of Demand in Net Present Value and Payback Time Calculations of Thermal Retrofits: Case Study of German Dwellings, Energy and Buildings, 50: 219-228. [ScienceDirect]
Sunikka-Blank M., Galvin R. (2012). Introducing the Prebound Effect: the Gap Between Performance and Actual Energy Consumption, Building Research & Information, 40(3): 1–14. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2010). Thermal Upgrades of Existing Homes in Germany: The Building Code, Subsidies, and Economic Efficiency, Energy and Buildings, 42(6): 834-844. [ScienceDirect]
Galvin R. (2010). Solving Mould and Condensation Problems: A Dehumidifier Trial in a Suburban House in Britain, Energy and Buildings, 42(11): 2118-2123. [ScienceDirect]

Galvin R. (2019). Inequality and Energy: How Extremes of Wealth and Poverty in High Income Countries Affect CO2 Emissions and Access to Energy. Elsevier Academic Press, Amsterdam. Paperback ISBN: 9780128176740;eBook ISBN: 9780128176757.
Galvin R. (2015). The Rebound Effect in Home Heating: A guide for policymakers and practitioners. London: Routledge, Earthscan, BRI. ISBN-10: 113878835X ; ISBN-13: 978-1138788350.
Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M. (2013). A Critical Appraisal of Germany's Thermal Retrofit Policy: Turning Down the Heat. Springer-Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg/New York. ISBN-10: 1447153669, ISBN-13: 978-1447153665.

Working Papers
Galvin R. (2016). Transnational wealth elites, home ownership and lost energy savings in home heating. [pdf, 687 kB]
Galvin R. (2016). Humans and stuff: Interweaving social and physical science in energy policy research. Accepted for publication by Energy Research and Social Science. [pdf, 422 kB]
Galvin R., Madlener R. (2014). Determinants of Commuter Trends and Implications for Indirect Rebound Effects: A Case Study of Germany’s Largest Federal State of NRW, 1994-2013, FCN Working Paper No. 9/2014, Institute for Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior, RWTH Aachen University, September. [SSRN]
Galvin R. (2010). Environmental Policy Discourse and its Material Objects: Bridging the Gap with ‘Modest Realism, CSERGE Working Paper 2011-2, University of East Anglia. [pdf, 577 kB]
Galvin R. (2009). Developing a Critical Model to Evaluate the Appropriateness of Local Body Climate Protection Policies, CSERGE Working Paper EDM-2009-09, University of East Anglia. [pdf, 145 kB]
Galvin R. (2009). Modifying Actor Network Theory to Analyse the German Project of Photovoltaic Energy Generation, CSERGE Working Paper EDM-2009-02, University of East Anglia. [pdf, 173 kB]

Galvin R. (2011). Discourse and Materiality in Environmental Policy: the Case of German Federal Policy on Thermal Renovation of Existing Homes, Doctoral Thesis, University of East Anglia. [pdf, 12.011 kB]
Galvin R. (2008). Learning from Freiburg’s Climate Protection Endeavours, Masters Thesis, University of East Anglia. [pdf, 339 kB]

Weiß J., Galvin R., Großmann D., Madlener R., Hirschl B. (2014). Sanierungsfahrplan Bundesbauten: Sondierungsstudie zur Quantifizierung von Rebound-Effekten bei der energetischen Sanierung von Nichtwohngebäuden/ Bundesliegenschaften, Endbericht, Studie von IÖW / FCN / BTU C-S im Auftrag des Bundesinstitutes für Bau-, Stadtentwicklung und Raumforschung (BBSR) im Bundesamt für Bauwesen und Raumordnung (BBR), September.