United Kingdom

Fraser Macleod

Fraser Macleod is an experienced social researcher with an extensive track record in designing, managing and delivering programme evaluations, and a particular interest in energy and climate change policy. He has contributed to evaluations, impact assessment and studies for national Government Departments, Local Authorities and European bodies. He has successfully delivered projects using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, including; literature reviews, large scale nationally representative surveys, in-depth qualitative interviews and evaluations using both experimental and theory-based evaluation methods.

With a background in the UK Government Civil Service, Fraser has delivered a number of important research projects to inform energy and climate change policy at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Including; developing a cross-sector framework for assessing societal barriers to delivering carbon emission reductions, which informed an impact assessment of Carbon Budget targets. His research has developed the evidence base to inform decisions on a range of specific policies, such as changing regulations to improve energy efficiency of gas boilers and incentivise the uptake smart heating controls. He also led on evaluation design for Government funding programmes supporting the development of renewable energy projects, including the multi-billion pound Contracts for Difference scheme, as well as smaller scale funds for community energy projects.

Until November 2017, Fraser worked as a Principal Research Officer at the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), formerly the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Prior to that, he worked at Department for Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs (Defra), where he led an ex-ante evaluation to inform design of the 2014-2020 EU Rural Development Programme for England. Previous work included Government Social Research posts within the Office for Disability Issues and Department for Work and Pensions, where he managed the development of a national longitudinal survey of disability issues. His professional career in social research began in 2001, working as in interviewer for the Centre for Drugs Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow.

He holds a Msc in Social Research methods from the University of Edinburgh and a BA(hons) in Social Science. He is a native English speaker, with some experience of working in Spanish.