Larissa uses both qualitative and quantitative research methods to understand practices which involves resource consumption and/or health and wellbeing outcomes.
Larissa’s research aims to identify pathways to more sustainable, healthy and equitable practices – including how policy and organisations can support these transitions. Her research is informed by a broad background including energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives, teaching and training, community development and medical research.
Her research interests include:
- Energy consumption and impacts of technologies on household life
- Urban planning, design and health outcomes
- Energy demand, pricing, programs and policy
- Equity and access to energy efficient, healthy housing
- Heatwave vulnerability and preparedness
- Role of community in urban and regional life
- Food practices, food security and food safety
Larissa was awarded the Peter Harrison Memorial Prize at the 2015 State of Australian Cities Conference for a distinctive contribution to knowledge and capacity for the sustainable development of Australian Cities and Regions (with co-authors Kath Phelan & Cecily Maller).