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Senior Research Fellow; He Kainga Oranga – Housing and Health Research Programme

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Kimberley's research explores the relationships between energy poverty (fuel poverty), energy use behaviours, energy efficiency of housing and buildings, and the important interactions of these with health. She has expertise in energy poverty and health research, and consumer experiences and impacts of prepay electricity. Kim undertakes mixed methods, participatory, internet mediated, and qualitative research – design and analysis. Recent research focuses on youth experiences of energy poverty at home, using collaborative research methods to involve young people in the research process, and a side interest is energy use among people who work from home.


Penny, G., O'Sullivan, K., & Logan-Riley, A. (2024). A Whakawhanaungatanga Māori Wellbeing Model: Guiding better housing and urban development. The Briefing, (30 January). Retrieved from

Howden-Chapman, P., Crane, J., Keall, M., Pierse, N., Baker, M. G., Cunningham, C., … Aspinall, C., Bennett, J., Bierre, S., … Chisholm, E., Davies, C., Fougere, G., Fraser, B., Fyfe, C., Grant, L., … Halley, C., Logan-Riley, A., … Olin, C., Ombler, J., O'Sullivan, K., Pehi, T., Penny, G., … Randal, E., … Robson, B., Ruru, J., Shaw, C., … Teariki, M. A., Telfar Barnard, L., Tiatia, R., Toy-Cronin, B., … Viggers, H., … Zhang, W. (2024). He Kāinga Oranga: Reflections on 25 years of measuring the improved health, wellbeing and sustainability of healthier housing. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 54(3), 290-315. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2023.2170427

O'Sullivan, K. C. (2023). Energy justice and health. In S. Bouzarovski, S. Fuller & T. G. Reames (Eds.), Handbook on energy justice. (pp. 65-78). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. doi: 10.4337/9781839102967.00012

O'Sullivan, K., Telfar-Barnard, L., & Dohig, R. (2023). Consumer Care Guidelines for electricity retailers must be mandatory. The Briefing, (15 May). Retrieved from

O'Sullivan, K. (2023). Unaffordable home heating increases risk of severe mental distress. The Briefing, (30 March). Retrieved from

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