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Ms Freya Wise

Professional biography

Freya is a postdoctoral researcher at the Net Zero Building Centre at London South Bank University and a visiting fellow at the OU. She completed her PhD with The Open University in 2022 investigating ways to reduce carbon from residential heritage buildings while retaining their heritage values. She also has an MLitt in war studies from the University of Glasgow and completed an Open 

Research interests

Freya's research focusses on carbon reduction from the building environment and in particular existing and heritage buildings. She is interested in both technical aspects such as the performance of vernacular construction and building energy simulation, as well as aspects relating to the views, values and behaviours of the people who use and occupy buildings. Her research seeks to combine and 'what' and 'how' of hard science with the 'why' of social science through mixed methods and an interdisciplinary approach.

Freya is particularly interested in the lifecycle impacts of efforts to reduce carbon from the built environment and the role and recognition of embodied carbon in decision making. She is also interested in all aspects of history, especially military and naval history up to the 18th century and her historical interests feed into her work on heritage buildings and retaining their values. 

Impact and engagement

Freya thinks it is important that researchers work to share their work in an accessible and useful manner with non-specialist audiences and the policy should be evidence based and informed by research. She has created various articles and award winning short videos aimed at sharing her work with the general public and regularly contributes material to government consultations and calls for evidence on the sustainable built environment. She has also participated in task groups with LETI (Low Energy Transformation Initiative) around creating professional guidance on retrofit and presented at events organised by Historic England, The Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance and The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings in addition to academic conferences. 

Publications

Residents' comfort perceptions in domestic heritage buildings (2022-10-03)
Wise, Freya; Moncaster, Alice and Jones, Derek
IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 1085, Article 12924


Rethinking retrofit of residential heritage buildings (2021-06-14)
Wise, Freya; Moncaster, Alice and Jones, Derek
Buildings and Cities, 2(1) (pp. 495-517)


Reducing carbon from heritage buildings: the importance of residents’ views, values and behaviours (2021-06)
Wise, Freya; Jones, Derek and Moncaster, Alice
Journal of Architectural Conservation, 27(1-2) (pp. 117-146)


Considering embodied energy and carbon in heritage buildings – a review (2019)
Wise, F.; Moncaster, A.; Jones, D. and Dewberry, E.
IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 329, Article 12002


Reducing carbon from residential heritage buildings while retaining their values (2021)
Wise, Freya
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University


Heritage buildings and carbon reduction: Some interim conclusions (2021)
Wise, Freya
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University


Reducing carbon emissions from residential heritage buildings while retaining their heritage values (2020)
Wise, Freya
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University


Fieldwork is fun (2020)
Wise, Freya
Postgraduate Research Poster Competition, The Open University