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Sally Blackwell – PhD candidate

Email: salblackwell@gmail.comSally_Blackwell_image


Middle-out change in the New Zealand housing performance sector.

Research Outline

Sally is particularly interested in the role of “middle” actors in driving a transition to better performance of New Zealand’s existing homes. This is the focus of her PhD research.


Sally's supervisors are:

  • Janet Stephenson, Centre for Sustainability: Agriculture, Food, Energy, Environment
  • Sara Walton
  • Rebecca Ford, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Victoria University of Wellington


Sally has a Masters degree in Environmental Studies from Victoria University of Wellington and is currently completing her PhD part time as part of Energy Cultures 2 project. Sally also works part time as an independent contractor and consultant based in Wellington.

She has experience developing programmes to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes from both a central government and community sector perspective.

Sally works broadly in the field of home performance and has a strong interest in enabling social change. Home performance is the science and practice of building and improving homes to make them as comfortable, safe, resource efficient and durable as possible.

Visit Sally's research page at the Centre for Sustainability for more detailed information.

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