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Sustainability

Our work on sustainability is wide-ranging. We seek to understand the dynamics of responses to climate change, and routinely collaborate with industry-leading consultants and leading academics to address the complex needs of our client organisations.

We conduct research around the following themes.

Housing and the home

We have conducted leading UK studies into fuel poverty and the response of government bodies to this issue. Our work has included evaluations of the Warm Front Scheme and Decent Homes programmes.

We bring together technical expertise – working with our partners in the Materials and Engineering Research Institute – to address fuel poverty with a detailed understanding of behavioural responses to housing improvements. We are currently exploring the experiences of residents living in eco-homes.

Place

Our research shows the importance of place-based approaches to sustainability, and helps organisations to evaluate their practical responses.

Our work includes studies on district heat networks, neighbourhood level housing improvements and the mainstreaming of sustainability in economic development programmes.

Coordinating responses to climate change

We have shown the challenges faced by local, regional and national organisations in coordinating responses to climate change.

Our work includes studies into the use of sustainability as cross-cutting themes in EU programmes, through to the role of environmental partnerships at local and regional levels.

Valuation of environmental benefits

We have undertaken research for organisations such as DEFRA and Groundwork into the valuation of environmental benefits and the economic benefits from environmental improvements.

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The Lambeth Housing Standard Health Impact Assessment

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2015-2016

To carry out a Health Impact Assessment on the health and quality of life, including security and mental well-being of Lambeth’s residents based on the impact of the Decent Homes (‘DH’) programme and the Lambeth Housing Standard (‘LHS’) programme on the Council’s own housing stock. 


Delivering Affordability Assistance to water customers: cross sector lessons

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2016

This project involved a cross sector analysis of affordability assistance initiatives being implemented across the water, energy, housing and health sectors in order to generate learning for the water sector regarding extending the reach and targeting of their affordability assistance offer. A key aim of the review was to help the client (Consumer Council for Water) to identify further opportunities for water companies to link with wider poverty and affordability initiatives in order to reach more of those who need affordability support the most. The report also aims to improve the water sector’s understanding of what might constitute good practice in promoting affordability assistance across a range of sectors and how these might be applied in the water industry.


Rotherham Condensation study: how can problems of condensation be effectively reduced in social housing properties?

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2014-2015

Condensation and mould is an increasing problem in social housing and the private rented sector and will worsen as fuel poverty levels rise and as more poorly installed energy efficient improvements are made to properties without allowing for removing ‘cold bridges’ and offering appropriate ventilation measures.

This project is examining how the problem of condensation can be effectively reduced in social housing properties in Rotherham. The project involves focus groups with tenants, council staff and members to explore their understanding,  perceptions and experience of the problem and dealing with it. The study will monitor 20 intervention properties which will receive improved ventilation systems and ten control properties and conduct household questionnaires and in depth interviews with tenants.     

The project team also includes Catherine Homer and Anna Cronin de Chavez (Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University).


Oldham Warm Homes Service evaluation

Project Director: Dr Will Eadson
Project Duration: 2013-2015

An evaluation of a ‘whole household’ approach to fuel poverty. This included impact analysis of a range of different interventions, and involved valuation of outcomes with respect to its impact on health and wellbeing.


Evaluation of the Big Energy Saving Network

Project Director: Aimee Ambrose
Project Duration: 2014

The project seeks to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of the Big Energy Saving Network programme which utilises networks of volunteers to empower vulnerable consumers to engage with the energy market and take up energy efficiency measures.  

The project team also includes James Pinder.


Get in touch

For further information please contact Aimee Ambrose at a.ambrose@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 6297.

Key clients

Amber Valley Borough Council
Birmingham City Council
Business and trade associations
Consumer Council for Water
Consumer Council for Water
DEFRA
Department for Communities and Local Government
Department for Work and Pensions
Derby City Council
Derbyshire County Council
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Durham County Council
Eaga Charitable Trust
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Furness Enterprise Ltd
Government Office for Science (BIS)
Groundwork UK
Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Lambeth Council
Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
Local authorities
Local enterprise partnerships
Royal College of General Practitioners
Small Business Service
Tesco
The Higher Education Innovation Fund
Welsh Assembly Government
White Rose Collaboration Fund project
Wigan Council
Wigan Council
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