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

  • Project dates: 2016

Understanding how households are affected and what they do to cope will help develop strategies to support household wellbeing during heatwaves.

The project is interested in understanding various dimensions of wellbeing including health risks emerging from inadequate home cooling and financial stress related to home cooling. From February to May 2017 the research team interviewed 36 households in and around Melbourne (VIC), Dubbo (NSW) and Cairns (QLD) following input on the priority issues from the health and social services sector.

The project recently produced a briefing paper on electricity pricing, heatwaves and household vulnerability in Australia.

The final research findings are due for completion at the end of September 2017. If you have have any questions about the study please contact Halley McCann on (03) 9925 4622 or halley.mccann@rmit.edu.au

Key People

Lead researchers

Dr Larissa Nicholls

Dr Larissa Nicholls

Research Fellow

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Dr Yolande Strengers

Dr Yolande Strengers

Senior Research Fellow

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Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Dr Karyn Bosomworth

Vice Chancellor’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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Halley McCann

Halley McCann

Research Officer

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