Sally Blackwell

Sally BlackwellPhD student with Centre for Sustainability

Sally works part time in senior policy and programmes advisor roles. She has ten years experience implementing programmes to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes. Sally has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Victoria University of Wellington and is currently completing her PhD part time

Sally is interested in how as a society New Zealand can improve the performance of its existing houses. Assumptions used by policy makers about how change will and does occur do not result in change at the speed required to address New Zealand health, social and environmental problems associated with housing. Sally is exploring the role and influence of the ‘middle’ in enabling and disabling (Janda & Parag, 2013) positive change to the way New Zealand homes perform.

Work stream contributing to: Energy Cultures

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Abbe Hyde


Masters student with the Management Department in the School of Business

Abbe has a BCom(Hons) through the University of Otago- she completed her undergraduate degree while on exchange in Minnesota. Outside of research Abbe is the Otago Regional Manager of 100Percent, a social enterprise which provides a platform for people to use their time and talents to fundraise for charities (

NZ is in a state of transition where we have to find new sources of energy in order to decrease our reliance on carbon. In no sector is this problem more prominent than transport. Abbe’s research considers what the future of transport will look like. From a business perspective she is examining what new innovations and te