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Tony Craig

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Head of Department
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Tony Craig is the Head of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences department. He carries out research in the topic area of people-environment studies.

Current research interests

Tony has a background in environmental psychology (MSc Surrey, 1998, PhD RGU, 2006), and has previously worked on a large number of research projects looking at people's attitudes to various issues, including sustainable wastewater management, prefabricated housing, sustainable housing, and public participation in urban design. Before working at the institute, Tony previously worked as a researcher in the school of architecture at the Robert Gordon University. His PhD (2006) was concerned with the relationship between sustainable design, environmental preferences, and environmentally friendly behaviour. During his previous job, Tony was a co-investigator on the ESRC funded Understanding Future Environments project, which used 3D computer representations of urban environments to compare the relative benefits of giving people the ability to actively navigate virtual environments (using computer games software), compared to passively observing VR presentations. He also carried out research looking at the concept of environmental familiarity, and the effect of familiarity on environmental preferences.

Between 2002 and 2006, he was on the board of the International Association of People Environment Studies (IAPS). He was voted back onto the board in 2012, and again in 2016. Tony was the treasurer of IAPS during the time that it was a UK registered charity.  He has also been the person responsible for the IAPS website, and is now the organisation secretary.

Between 2011 and 2015, Tony led a large study of energy consumption involving several hundred households in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council. This study (The 'North East Scotland Energy Monitoring Project') explored how effective  energy feedback (in the form of an in-home display) was in facilitating energy-reduction in households. The study involved a combined analysis of survey data with electricity-consumption data.. The large amount of data produced from this project is currently being prepare for archival in the UK data archive. A recent SEGS blog post by Tony explored some interesting insights that can be gleaned from such data in relation to waking times.

Tony has previously supervised 5 PhD students through to completion: Sander van der JagtCarlos Galan Diaz, and Leanne Townsend and Stephanie Graf. He is currently supervising 2 PhD students: Megan Watson and Lucy Sam. He also holds an honarary lecturer position at the Department of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen.

Tony is currently leading the James Hutton Institute's contribution to RD3.2.4 (Food Culture and Dietary Choice) within the RESAS 2016-2021 main research programme.  This is an interdisciplinary research programme using a systems approach to model influences on dietary choice, including comlex interacting individual and societal pressures, habits and cultures.  This work will involve the construction of an agent-based model (ABM) of food culture in relation to dietary choices.

Tony has previously worked on EU projects looking at energy behaviours (GILDED), and pro-environmental behaviours at work (LOCAW), and is currently working on a project examining sustainable lifestyles (GLAMURS).

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  • Conniff, A.; Craig, T.; Laing, R.; Scott, S.; Galan-Diaz, C.R. (2007) Informing the practice of planning: researching future environments using desktop computers., In: Environmental Psychology: from research to 'real world' applications (eds. E. Edgerton and O. Romice). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp91-108.
  • Laing, R.; Conniff, A.; Craig, T.; Galan-Diaz, C.R.; Scott, S. (2007) Design and use of a virtual heritage model to enable a comparison of active navigation of buildings and spaces with passive observation., Automation in Construction, 16, 830-841.
  • Galan-Diaz, C.R.; Conniff, A.; Craig, T.; Laing, R.; Scott, S. (2006) Walking participants through a virtual model: How we got there and its implications., Cognitive Processing, 7, (supplement 1), s33-s36.
  • Edge, M.; Craig, T. (2005) Internet based methodologies in housing research., In: Methodologies in Housing Research (eds. N. Wilkinson and Y. Hurol). The Urban International Press, Gateshead, pp272-285.
  • Craig, T.; Abbott, L.; Laing, R.; Edge, M. (2005) Assessing the acceptability of alternative cladding materials in housing: theoretical and methodological challenges., In: Housing, Space and Quality of Life (eds. R. Garcia-Mira, D. Uzzell, J. Real and J. Romay). Ashgate, Aldershot, pp59-69.
  • Craig, T. (2002) Overcoming expertocracy through sustainable development : the case of wastewater., In: People, Places and Sustainability (eds. G. Moser, E. Pol, Y. Bernard, M. Bonnes, J. Corraliza and V. Giuliani). Hogrefe and Huber, Gottingen, Germany, pp270-279.
  • Burkhard, R., Deletic, A. and Craig, T. (2000) Techniques for water and wastewater management: A review of techniques and their integration in planning., Urban Water, 2, 197-221.

  • Polhill, J.G.; Salt, D.; Craig, T.; Wilson, R.; Colley, K. (2021) Sensitivity analysis of an empirical agent-based model of district heating network adoption., Advances in Computational Intelligence. 16th International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks, IWANN 2021, Virtual Event, June 16-18, 2021, Proceedings, Part II. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol 12862), 118-127.
  • Polhill, J.G.; Craig, T.; Alonso-Betanzos, A.; Sanchez-Marono, N.; Fontenla-Romero, O.; Dumitru, A.; Garcia-Mira, R.; Bonnes, M.; Bonaiuto, M.; Carrus, G.; Marricchiolo, F.; Fornara, F.; Ilin, C.; Steg, L.; Ruepert, A.; Keizer, K. (2017) Interactions matter. Modelling everyday pro-environmental norm transmission and diffusion in workplace networks., In: Alonso-Betanzos, A., Sánchez-Maroño, N., Fontenla-Romero, O., Polhill, J.G., Craig, T., Bajo, J. & Corchado, J.M. (eds.) Agent-Based Modeling of Sustainable Behaviors. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter 2, pp27-52.
  • Sanchez-Maronon, N.; Alonso-Betanzos, A.; Fontenla-Romero, O.; Polhill, J.G.; Craig, T. (2017) Empirically-deprived behavioural rules in agent-based models using decision trees learned from questionnaire data., In: Alonso-Betanzos, A., Sanchez-Marono, N., Fontenla-Romera, O., Polhill, J.G., Craig, T., Bajo, J. & Corchado, M. (eds.). Agent Based Modelling of Sustainable Behaviors. Springer, Switzerland, Chapter 3, pp53-76.
  • Sanchez-Maronon, N.; Alonso-Betanzos, A.; Fontenla-Romero, O.; Polhill, J.G.; Craig, T. (2015) Designing decision trees for representing sustainable behaviours in agents., In: Bajo, J., Hernandez, J.Z., Mathieu, P., Campbell, A., FernandezCaballero, A., Moreno, M.N., Julian, V., AlonsoBetanzos, A., JimenezLopez, M.D. & Botti, V. (eds.). Trends in Practical Applications of Agents, Multi-Agent Systems and Sustainability: The PAAMS Collection, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Sustainability, Springer, Berlin, Volume 372, 169-176.
  • Galan-Diaz, C.; Conniff, A.; Craig, T. (2014) Using Nvivo for handling large data sets: a case study., In: Paulus, T., Lester, J. & Dempster, P. (eds.). Digital Tools for Qualitative Research. Sage, London, pp121-122.

  • Dumitru, A.; Lema Blanco, I.; Albulescu, P.; Antosz, P.; Bouman, L.; Colley, K.; Craig, T.; Jager, W.; Macsinga, I.; Meskovic, E.; Mischkowski, N.; Pellegrini Masini, G.; Polhill, G.; Quinti, G.; Salt, D.; Somervail, P.; Wilson, R.; (2021) Policy recommendations for each cluster of casestudies Insights from policy scenario workshops, SMARTEES Deliverable 5.2.
  • Irvine, K.N.; Msika, J.; Dinnie, E.; Craig, T.; Fischer, A.; Hague, A.; Rajagopalan, D.; Roberts, M.; Wilson, R. (2020) Climate change engagement: assessing the impacts of the Climate Challenge Fund., ClimateXChange Report, 164pp.
  • Polhill, J.G.; Craig, T.; Colley, K.; Ge, J.; Sat, D. (2018) The SMARTEES Project and The James Hutton Institute’s potential contribution to the Torry Heat Network project., Appendix 10.4 in support of Torry Heat Network, Report to be presented to Aberdeen City Council.
  • Salt, D.; Polhill, J.G.; Craig, T. (2016) Deliverable 2.2: Report on the ontology generation and data and knowledge integration., Green Lifestyles Alternative Models and Up-scaling Regional Sustainability / GLAMURS EU SSH.2013.2.1-1 Grant Agreement No. 613420.
  • Salt, D.; Polhill, J.G.; Craig, T. (2016) Deliverable 2., Report for Glamurs Ontology Project.
  • Polhill, J.G.; Craig, T.; Ge, J.; Lorenzo-Arribas, A. (2016) Out-of-range wattage in CurrentCost energy monitor readings., Short Report to CurrentCost.
  • Gilchrist, K.; Craig, T. (2014) Home energy efficiency - a review of evidence of attitudes and behaviours., ClimateXChange website.
  • Rivington, M.; Dinnie, E.; Craig, T.; Heslop, S.; Slee, B.; Matthews, R.; Nijnik, M.; Morris, S.; Stewart, D.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Dawson, L.A.; Daniell, T. (2013) Climate: public understanding and policy implications., The James Hutton Institute response to the UK Parliament House of Commons Select Committee Inquiry, April 2013.
  • Craig, T. (2012) Response to the DECC Consultation on the consumer engagement strategy supporting the smart meter rollout., DECC Consultation (URN 12D/033).
  • Sutherland, L.A.; Fischer, A.; Craig, T.; Gotts, N.M. (2009) GILDED European Policy Brief One., Deliverable from GILDED FP7 Project for European Commission.

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