Dr Nicola Willand is a lecturer at the School of Property, Construction and Project Management at RMIT University.
As an architect by background, Nicola Willand approaches sustainability in the built environment holistically.
She finds that initiatives towards a more sustainable built environment tend to focus on environmental and economic outcomes, while the social aspects are often neglected.
To facilitate triple bottom line sustainability, Nicola aims to develop strategies for the built environment that will minimise environmental impacts and life cycle costs while maximising productivity, health and social equity.
Nicola's PhD explored the intersection of climate change mitigation as an opportunity for health and housing as a social determinant of health, and contributed to a better understanding of residential energy efficiency and health as a socio‐technical system.
Mapping vulnerability to Future Fuels – A Scoping Review
Funded by: Future Fuels CRC (2020)
Tackling hidden energy vulnerability through housing, energy and health collaborations
Funded by: Lod Mayor's Charitable Foundation (2020)
Integrating energy efficiency and hardship improvements into the Care at Home system
Funded by: RMIT University Seed Fund (2018)
HEET: Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions
Funded by: Australian Research Council (2018-2021)
- Lecturer in Construction Management and Masters of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Buildings.
- Research on energy efficiency, housing and health.
- PhD (Built Environment), RMIT University, Australia
- BArch, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- Willand, N.,Maller, C.,Ridley, I. (2020). Understanding the contextual influences of the health outcomes of residential energy efficiency interventions: Realist review In: Housing Studies, 35, 1 - 28
- Willand, N.,Nethercote, M. (2020). Smoking in apartment buildings � Spatiality, meanings and understandings In: Health and Place, 61, 1 - 8
- Willand, N.,Moore, T.,Horne, R.,Robertson, S. (2020). Retrofit Poverty: Socioeconomic Spatial Disparities in Retrofit Subsidies Uptake In: Buildings and Cities, 1, 14 - 35
- Daniel, L.,Moore, T.,Baker, E.,Beer, A.,Willand, N.,Horne, R.,Hamilton, C. (2020). Warm, cool and energy-affordable housing policy solutions for low-income renters In: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Melbourne, Australia
- Willand, N.,Maller, C.,Ridley, I. (2019). Addressing health and equity in residential low carbon transitions � Insights from a pragmatic retrofit evaluation in Australia In: Energy Research and Social Science, 53, 68 - 84
- Willand, N.,Horne, R. (2018). "They are grinding us into the ground"-The lived experience of (in) energy justice amongst low-income older households In: Applied Energy, 226, 61 - 70
- Willand, N.,Maller, C.,Ridley, I. (2017). "It's not too bad" - the lived experience of energy saving practices of low-income older and frail people In: Energy Procedia, Wollongong, 16-17 February
- Willand, N.,Ridley, I.,Pears, A. (2016). Relationship of thermal performance rating, summer indoor temperatures and cooling energy use in 107 homes in Melbourne, Australia In: Energy and Buildings, 113, 159 - 168
- Willand, N. (2016). What happened, how, why and what mattered: Three case studies from a low income residential energy efficiency intervention program In: Heatlhy Housing 2016: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings, Brisbane, Australia, 20-24 November 2016
- Willand, N.,Ridley, I. (2015). Quantitative exploration of winter living room temperatures and their determinants in 108 homes in Melbourne, Victoria In: Proceedings of the 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2015, Melbourne, Australia, 2-4 December 2015
5 PhD Current Supervisions
- Mapping vulnerability to Future Fuels � A Scoping Review (RP2.1-06). Funded by: Future Fuels CRC from (2020 to 2020)
- The lived experience of housing affordability stress under COVID-19.. Funded by: Australian Housing & Urban Research Institute (AHURI) - Competitive from (2020 to 2020)
- Warm, cool and energy-affordable housing solutions for low-income renters: An Investigative Panel (Administered by by University of Adelaide). Funded by: AHURI Research Grants 2019 (CAT 1 Generic) from (2019 to 2020)
- Tackling hidden energy vulnerability through housing, energy and health collaborations. Funded by: Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund 2018 onwards- Grant from (2019 to 2021)
- Household energy efficiency transitions (HEET). Funded by: 011-ARC Linkage Grant 2017 from (2018 to 2021)