Researcher biography

I am a Research Fellow who works between the UQ Centre for Energy Data Innovation (ITEE) and the School of Architecture at UQ. I am passionate about design and technology that makes a positive impact to sustainability, and building better relationships between people, their personal data and the energy they consume. My work seeks to understand the role of data visualisations in building energy literacy and balancing energy efficiency and adequate ventilation/indoor air quality (IAQ). I lead the Study Fresh program at UQ which has engaged over 650 students across 20 schools in hands-on workshops towards building IAQ monitors and learning how to identify and remedy poor IAQ in classrooms. I hold grants related to improving farmers' experience in electricity retailer switching, regional energy resilience and have run a two-year study examining longitudinal engagement with energy use feedback. My research involves mixed methods including ethnography, co-design, speculative design, in-situ monitoring and data analysis to inform the design of visualisations to improve energy literacy. I have applied these methods to case studies in the UK and Australia and completed over 200 audits as a building sustainability assessor under the Australian Government's Green Loans scheme (2009-2012).

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