Xinfang has a background in energy, economics and policy. She completed her PhD entitled ‘Understanding the drivers behind high energy consumption within UK households: an interdisciplinary approach’ at the Tyndall Centre and Sustainable Consumption Institute in the University of Manchester before joining the University of Birmingham. She applied an interdisciplinary approach including social practices and cluster analysis to understand energy use in homes during her PhD.
Xinfang has experience working with policymakers, charities, business leaders and academics internationally. During her PhD, Xinfang also led a four-month research project, working with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to explore why some people use much more energy at home than others despite their relative low income. Xinfang was also Faculty of Science and Engineering fellow of the Manchester Access Programme (MAP) and delivered guest lectures on Climate Change and Natural Disasters to Year 13 students at the MAP summer school. She has taught and helped with a variety of courses at the University of Manchester including microeconomics, macroeconomics, business economics, sustainable city, renewable energy, sustainable business enterprises and research methods.