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Rachel Bray

Research Fellow
University of Exeter

I spent most of my career as a Planning Policy Officer, developing all aspects of planning policy in Cornwall, but with an interest in social policy – affordable housing, social inclusion, fuel poverty, transport, health and crime. I am particularly interested in understanding how strategic policies and decision-making affect rural communities. On leaving Cornwall Council I decided to put my theory into practice by setting up and managing a foodbank in my home town. This was in direct response to recognising a need through my research and deciding to do something about it. I first came to the University of Exeter in 2013 to implement the campus travel plan and to coordinate the tender and procurement of the Uni bus contract. During this time, I was shortlisted in the category of Best Newcomer in the Green Gowns Award. I later joined the Energy Policy Group in 2017, where I currently work as a Research Fellow under the guidance of Dr Bridget Woodman. My research looks at the regulatory barriers to the creation of local energy markets in GB.