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.

  • Project dates: 2017
  • Grants and Funding: Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)

The Beyond Behaviour Change research program is preparing a series of case studies about detrimental under-use of utilities by households for the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS). The project explores the ‘trade-off’ strategies used by households in order to afford energy and water bill payments and any adverse effects on health and quality of life, collectively termed ‘hidden energy and water poverty’. The research aims to highlight detriments which receive little attention from policy-makers and industry.

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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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