Nicola is a current PhD candidate focusing on the relationship between residential energy efficiency and health.
"At RMIT I found the expertise I was looking for to support my research idea. I was looking for an expert in buildings and health and found it in Dr Ian Ridley, who had been part of the UK Warm Front evaluation study in the UK, and was able to help me with the measurable indicators in my study.
"I was interested as much in the building physics as the householder perspective, so I was delighted when Dr Cecily Maller, a social scientist with experience in socio-technical practice research in and around the home, agreed to be my second supervisor.
"The findings of my research may inform councils, policy makers and householders. Better knowledge of the householder influence on the impact on indoor temperature, energy consumption and health and wellbeing may help to support the transition to more energy efficient homes and assist in shaping effective energy conservation programs. The findings of this study may also help shape schemes supporting Australia’s ‘Ageing in Place’ policy, inform future retrofit subsidy programs and initiate further research into residential energy efficiency and health in Australia. The findings of the study may also be significant for householders in highlighting beneficial or inadvertently harmful or counterproductive behaviours and practices.
"I am eager to apply my knowledge and experience in future research or in an organisation that strives for triple bottom line sustainability. Right now I am enthusiastic about exploring housing as a social determinant of health. My long-term goals involve growing with an organisation in which I can continue to learn, share my knowledge and contribute to a better and fairer society."