Dr Yolande Strengers

Yolande is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research, where she co-leads the Beyond Behaviour Change research program.

Yolande’s research is clustered around a series of applied research projects focused on smart technologies, energy demand and sustainability. Her DECRA fellowship, ‘Automating the smart home’, is exploring visions for smart technologies and future ways of life from the perspectives of smart home designers, installers, and households.

Her research is applied and interdisciplinary in focus, spanning the fields of sociology, science and technology studies and human computer interaction design.

Yolande has published a monograph on ‘Smart energy technologies in everyday life‘ (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and an edited collection (with Dr Cecily Maller) on ‘Social practices, intervention and sustainability’ (Routledge 2014).

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Social practice theory; climate change; sustainability; smart meters; smart homes; smart grids; technology-human relations; social change.

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Projects

Hidden energy poverty: Case studies research project

Investigating energy and water under-use by households in order to afford utility bill payments which may have adverse effects on health and quality of life.

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Smart Home Control: Exploring the potential for enabling technologies in households

RMIT researchers are trialling ‘smart’ home control devices in 40 households in Victoria and South Australia – to assess the potential of these devices to help manage home electricity consumption.

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Heatwaves, Homes & Health

The heatwaves, homes and health project is seeking to understand the experiences of households during very hot weather.

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Publications

Horsham Catalyst Research and Evaluation Final Report

This study led by RMIT's Centre for Urban Research and funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, investigates the economic, social and environmental performance of low-carbon houses in comparison with 'standard' residences in Horsham, Victoria.

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Utilising Mixed Methods Research to Inform Low-carbon Social Housing Performance Policy

Moore, T, Strengers, Y and Maller, C 2016, 'Utilising mixed methods research to inform low-carbon social housing performance policy', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 240-255.

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Peak demand and the ‘family peak’ period in Australia: Understanding practice (in)flexibility in households with children

Nicholls, L and Strengers, Y 2015, '(In Press) Peak demand and the 'family peak' period in Australia: understanding practice (in)flexibility in households with children', Energy Research and Social Science, pp. 1-9.

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Social practices, Intervention and Sustainability: Beyond Behaviour Change

Strengers, Y and Maller, C 2015, 'Introduction: Social practices, intervention and sustainability: Beyond behaviour change' in Yolande Strengers, Cecily Maller (ed.) Social practices, intervention and sustainability: Beyond behaviour change, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom, pp. 1-12.

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Going Green? The Limitations of Behaviour Change Programmes as a Policy Response to Escalating Resource Consumption

Moloney, S and Strengers, Y 2014, ''Going green'?: The limitations of behaviour change programmes as a policy response to escalating resource consumption', Environmental Policy and Governance, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 94-107.

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The Great Australian Nightmare? The problem of escalating housing aspirations and expectations and adaptation to climate change

Maller, C, Strengers, Y, Moloney, S and Nicholls, L 2013, 'The great Australian nightmare? The problem of escalating housing aspirations and expectations and adaptation to climate change', in Nick Osbaldiston, Catherine Strong and Helen Forbes-Mewett (ed.) 2013 Conference Proceedings: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations 50 years of Australian Sociology, Hawthorn, Australia, 25-28 November 2013, pp. 1-13.

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Meeting in the Global Workplace: Air Travel, Telepresence and the Body

Strengers, Y 2014, 'Meeting in the global workplace: Air travel, telepresence and the body', Mobilities, vol. online, pp. 1-17.

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Curious energy consumers: Humans and nonhumans in assemblages of household practice

Strengers, Y, Maller, C and Nicholls, L 2014, 'Curious energy consumers: Humans and nonhumans in assemblages of household practice', Journal of Consumer Culture, vol. online, pp. 1-20.

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Interdisciplinarity and industry collaboration in doctoral candidature: tensions within and between discourses

Strengers, Y 2012, 'Interdisciplinarity and industry collaboration in doctoral candidature: tensions within and between discourses', Studies in Higher Education, vol. Online, pp. 1-14.

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