Melanie Herrmann

Melanie Herrmann
Associate Lecturer (Teaching)
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Room: 2.0n
UCLIC, University College London
66 - 72 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6EA
United Kingdom

I care about environmentalism (sustainable business management, circular economy, biodiversity, animal rights) and social justice (climate justice, oppression, intersectionality).

My work looks at how technology affects users, shapes learning, decisions, and behaviour. Specifically, I focus on users' comprehension of data visualisations.

I am interested in the following questions: Do smart meters encourage householders to better manage their energy use? How to visualise complex supply chains for corporations to reduce environmental destruction in their operations? Do interaction science principles predict the success of digital information platforms?

Brief biography

Most recently, I was a Researcher in Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Cambridge, working with data science & design agency Vizzuality as industrial partner. My work concerned the visual communication of environmental data and its impact on learning and decision making.

I completed my PhD at UCLIC in 2018. My background is in Psychology, BSc & MSc.

Research Publications

Melanie Herrmann, Duncan Brumby, T Oreszczyn, XMP Gilbert Does data visualization affect users’ understanding of electricity consumption? 2017 Building Research and Information, Journal article
Melanie Herrmann, Duncan Brumby, T Oreszczyn Watts your usage? A field study of householders’ literacy for residential electricity data 2017 Energy Efficiency, Journal article
Melanie Herrmann, Duncan Brumby, T Oreszczyn How much electricity do you use at home? An investigation into householders’ literacy for comprehending domestic electricity data 2016 Behave 2016: 4th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Conference paper (text)
Melanie Herrmann Smart energy feedback in the home: the effect of disaggregation and visualisation on householders' comprehension of electricity data 1900 Thesis / Dissertation