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Masters success

Diana Giraldo

Masters student Diana Giraldo Ocampo has recently completed her Masters thesis. Click here to read her fascinating work in developing an energy related Time-Use diary that has been used in the Green Grid research project.

From the Warehouse to Your Door: Moving Goods

Traditional weekend visits to the local shops are bring increasingly replaced by virtual shopping trips. From clothes to electronics to food, online shopping has revolutionised our shopping practices: it is ‘the new retail reality’.

In 2012, 1.8 million New Zealanders made an online purchase. A study by the New Zealand Retailers Association found that online purchases

Registration open for OERC Symposium

Don’t forget to register for the 2015 Otago Energy Research Centre Symposium, scheduled for November 19th at Arana College at the University of Otago. Thank you to all those who have already registered.

“Energy Transitions and Technologies”  The 2015 OERC Symposium will bring together academics, industry and community stakeholders undertaking energy-related research and innovation.

Invited Speakers:

Dr Steve Batstone

New Home Performance Advisor Training programme launched

Home energy advisor logoSally Blackwell, one of our Energy Cultures PhD student has been involved in developing the newly launched Home Performance Advisor training programme for those working with energy and houses.

The Home Performance Advisor programme provides intensive science-based training to gain a comprehensive understanding of how

Insulation standards – one small step, but…

The government’s proposal to introduce rental insulation standards is a step in the right direction.  If, as predicted, about 180,000 rental dwellings (one third of rentals) will be upgraded to meet the standard over the next 4 years, this represents a greatly increased rate of insulation retrofitting compared with current rates.

Notwithstanding there are quibbles about

Politics and the Anthropocene

I research energy policy stability in New Zealand. I’m nearing the end of my PhD and after being so highly focused on one small area, I wanted to use this blog to instead talk about what I see as the much larger context my research sits in. In this, I don’t think I’m saying anything

How are cyclists treated in the New Zealand legal system?

After a number of cyclist deaths in New Zealand, cycle advocates and policy makers alike have been pondering issues relating to the penalties imposed on motorists. There have been many press reports lately about stories of cyclist deaths and their bearing on their bereaved families and the subsequent public dismay as to how guilty motorists

I got 99 problems, but the planet ain’t one

This blog is to introduce the research I am doing.  This research came about after a recent survey, undertaken by Energy Cultures into small and medium businesses in New Zealand, identified (among other things) that many small business owners would not be interested in changing the way they use energy even if they would not