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.,Torabi, N.,Horne, R. (2023). Recognition justice in Australia: Hidden energy vulnerability through the experiences of intermediaries In: Energy Research and Social Science, 98, 1 - 12
- Middha, B.,Robertson, S.,Willand, N.,Horne, R. (2022). Man caves, granny flats and alternative living spaces: Low carbon home retrofit and implications for policymaking In: Energy Research and Social Science, 87, 1 - 10
- Willand, N. (2022). Opportunity, ideal or distraction? Exploring stakeholder perceptions of tackling energy poverty and vulnerability among older Australians In: Energy Research & Social Science, 94, 1 - 11
- London, K.,Willand, N.,Zhang, P. (2021). Development of a Building Information Modelling Threshold Capability Framework to Enable Global Curriculum Co-Integration In: Driving Transformational Change in the Digital Built Environment, Engineering Science Reference, Hershey, PA
- Sandri, O.,Holdsworth, S.,Hayes, J.,Willand, N.,Moore, T. (2021). Hydrogen for all? Household energy vulnerability and the transition to hydrogen in Australia In: Energy Research & Social Science, 79, 1 - 11
- Willand, N.,Middha, B.,Walker, G. (2021). Using the capability approach to evaluate energy vulnerability policies and initiatives in Victoria, Australia In: Local Environment, 26, 1109 - 1127
- Horne, R.,Willand, N.,Dorignon, L.,Middha, B. (2021). Housing inequalities and resilience: the lived experience of COVID-19 In: International Journal of Housing Policy, , 1 - 25
- 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
- Horne, R.,Willand, N.,Dorignon, L.,Middha, B. (2020). The lived experience of COVID-19: housing and household resilience In: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited Melbourne
1 PhD Completions6 PhD Current Supervisions
- Healthy Environments And Lives (HEAL) - National Research Network on Human Health and Environmental Change (administered by Australian National University). Funded by: NHMRC 2020 SPECIAL INITIATIVE IN HUMAN HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE from (2022 to 2027)
- 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)