Sophie Whinney

Sophie Whinney

Senior Energy Analyst

Sophie has a masters in Engineering Design from the University of Bristol, where she specailised in civil structures, renewable energy, and sustainable systems thinking. Having completed multiple engineering work placements across buildings and rail, she joined Regen in 2020 as an energy analyst, focusing on challenges around whole system decarbonisation and in particular, heat.

Sophie has a keen interest in policy and the wider impacts of energy on places, health, and livelihoods. She co-leads two Regen strategic focuses – just transitions and retrofit. She also runs the ESN’s safety and sustainability working group, which aims to drive progress on ethics issues associated with stationary batteries.

Sophie is also proudly interdisciplinary and passionate about the power of storytelling, which is why she set up and runs the Regen Art Lab. She also uses her graphic design expertise to support the team to tell compelling data stories.

Two of Sophie’s most significant works include the second edition of National Grid’s  “A day in the life of 2035” report and supporting the Welsh Government to develop their Heat Strategy in partnership with the Carbon Trust. Currently, she is researching the role of Welsh cultural organisations in addressing the climate and nature emergencies.

Blog posts by Sophie

Heating our homes: Regen responds to UK Parliament’s inquiry

Behind the scenes of SOUNDING CONNECTIONS: an audio collage of democracy and energy dialogues

Will the power grid be fossil fuel free by 2035? Learnings from our latest project with National Grid ESO

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