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Phillipa Watson

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Dr Phillipa Watson is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU).  In her career Phillipa has explored ways to transition towards more sustainable built environments. With this intent Phillipa has worked in building design, building life cycle assessment, sustainability facilitation during design and construction, decision making tool development and research.  In research Phillipa has explored issues related to housing and sustainability policy issues; decision making for sustainability; adaptation and transition; housing quality; homemaking; and, community change. Currently at UTAS she is investigating a novel approach to supporting energy efficiency change in households living in a low income community in Tasmania.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDDwelling adaptation for sustainability: Improving interventions for energy efficiency, comfort and equity in TasmaniaUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2013
BArch (Hons)Materials Investigation: A Built Environment Tool for AustraliaUniversity of QueenslandAustralia1999

Biography

Phillipa has worked as a designer; as an integrated solutions coordinator working with built environment professionals at Brisbane City Council; at CSIRO with the sustainable building team developing a life cycle based design assessment tool; as a sustainability consultant in private practice; and, in research investigating how to support sustainability in built environments and in people's practices.

Research Themes

Phillipa's research aligns with the University's research themes of 'Environment, Resources and Sustainability', 'Better Health' and 'Data, Knowledge and Decisions'. In research Phillipa is interested in progressing understanding of how to make change to housing and our built environments so that people can live sustainably.  Her research has looked at issues related to housing and sustainability policy-making; decision making for sustainability; adaptation and transition; housing quality; homemaking; housing disadvantage; household experiences; and, community change.

She is currently involved in a large 3 year research project 'Get Bill Smart' investigating the outcomes of support given to low income householders to make energy efficient changes. 'Get Bill Smart' trials an innovative, community capacity-building approach to the implementation of energy efficiency upgrades for low-income households in Tasmania. The project aims to improve householder engagement and education levels regarding energy efficiency and to empower low-income households to be more energy efficient. This project is part of the exciting federally funded Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP) which, through a variety of projects around Australia, intends to progress understanding of the most effective ways to encourage energy efficient change in Australia's low income housing communities. Before this project at UTAS Phillipa worked on a longitudinal study of Tasmanian households called 'Dwelling adaptation for Sustainability: Improving interventions for energy efficiency, comfort and equity in Tasmania' and a national housing project called 'The Environmental Sustainability of Australia's Private Rental Housing Stock'.

Teaching

Housing policy; design; sustainability; decision making; adaptation and transition; dwelling; housing quality; homemaking; housing disadvantage; household experiences; dwelling practices; community change

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Expertise

  • Sustainable built environments
  • Sustainability
  • Adaptation
  • Design
  • Decision-making
  • Behaviour change
  • Housing adaptation and transition
  • Healthy housing
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Housing policy
  • Dwelling
  • Housing stock quality
  • Housing disadvantage
  • Fuel poverty
  • Dwelling practices Community engagement

Awards

  • 2011: Bursary to attend Early Career Researchers Conference with Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure
  • 2010: Bursary to attend Early Career Researchers Conference with Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure
  • 2005: Marketing Award for Financing and Innovation in Growth (FIG) Course for investigation into commercialization of research.
  • 2004: CSIRO Team Award for excellence in research for the LCADesign assessment tool.
  • 2003: 2nd prize Thuringowa Climatic Responsive Housing Design Competition group design.

Collaboration

Phillipa has extensive experience working on collaborative projects that involve multiple organisations. The project Get Bill Smart is based on a consortium from UTAS, Mission Australia and Sustainable Living Tasmania. All her previous research projects have required collaboration with other research institutions and government organisations. Phillipa was also previously involved with a cooperative research centre with partners from research, government and commercial organisations.

Current projects

Get Bill Smart is trialling an innovative, community capacity-building approach to the implementation of energy efficiency upgrades for low-income households. The aim is to improve householder engagement and education levels regarding energy efficiency and to empower low-income households to be more energy efficient. This community capacity-building approach will be compared with a more conventional approach of in-home education and upgrades, a combination of the two approaches, and a control group that does not receive direct support through the project. This project is being undertaken in collaboration with Sustainable Living Tasmania and Mission Australia. The research component of the project is investigating: the effects of the two energy efficiency support approaches taken; the trade-offs householders make between comfort and energy efficiency; and, what is entailed in executing the two energy efficiency support approaches trialled. Results for this project will be available in the first half of 2016.

Research Fields

  • Interior Design (120106)
  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
  • Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
  • Social Policy (160512)
  • Built Environment and Design (129999)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
  • Social and Cultural Geography (160403)
  • Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
  • Urban Policy (160514)
  • Urban Design (120508)

Research Impact

  • Environmentally Sustainable Energy Activities (859899)
  • Residential Building Management and Services (870503)
  • Energy Services and Utilities (850601)
  • Residential Construction Design (870204)
  • Residential Energy Conservation and Efficiency (850704)
  • Social Ethics (950407)
  • Residential Construction Processes (870404)
  • Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment (960702)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Construction (879999)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Technology (970110)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Construction (879899)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)

Publications

Phillipa has published on a variety of topics including: housing policy, energy efficiency, housing disadvantage, housing practices for sustainability, and adapting housing.  Recently she has contributed to Indoor Built Environment, Housing and Theory and Urban Policy and Research journals.

Selected references:

Watson, P. Gabriel, M. Rooney, M. 2015 Get Bill Smart: Trialling a community-partnership approach to supporting low income households to achieve home energy savings. Indoor Built Environment.

Watson, P, Mitchell, P and Jones, D. 2003 'Environmental Assessment for commercial buildings: Stakeholder Requirements and Tool Characteristics', 2001-006-B-01, for the LCADesign Project, CRC for Construction Innovation, Brisbane.

Watson, Phillipa and Watson, Steve 2005 'AN 13.01.700 Building Health' and 'AN 13.01.800 Indoor Air Quality' RAIA Practice Notes

Total publications

15

Journal Article

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Watson P, Gabriel MB, Rooney M, 'Get bill smart: A community partnership approach to supporting low-income households to achieve home energy savings', Indoor and Built Environment, 24, (7) pp. 867-877. ISSN 1423-0070 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1420326X15591637 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Gabriel MB; Rooney M

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2013Gabriel M, Watson P, 'From Modern Housing to Sustainable Suburbia: How Occupants and their Dwellings are Adapting to Reduce Home Energy Consumption', Housing, Theory and Society, 30, (3) pp. 219-236. ISSN 1403-6096 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14036096.2013.775183 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Gabriel M

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2012Gabriel M, Watson P, 'Supporting sustainable home improvement in the private rental sector: the view of investors', Urban Policy and Research, 30, (3) pp. 309-325. ISSN 0811-1146 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08111146.2012.673484 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Gabriel M

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2010Gabriel M, Watson P, 'The environmental sustainability of Australia's private rental housing stock', AHURI, Online, (145) EJ ISSN 1445-3428 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Gabriel M

Conference Publication

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Watson Phillipa, 'Barriers to renovation for housing sustainability in Tasmania', School of Geography & Environmental Studies Conference Abstracts 2010, 28 June 2010, Sandy Bay (2010) [Conference Extract]

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2009Stratford E, Watson Phillipa, 'Critical mix: champions, capacity and complexity in Glenorchy's Energy Rebate Project. Lessons for policy makers', Radical Ideas in a Changing Climate. Remaking Suburbia: Research and policy directions for sustainable home improvements, March, Melbourne, pp. 11-12. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Stratford E

2008Stratford E, Davison AG, Watson Phillipa, Elliott C, 'Barriers to Renovation for Housing Sustainability in Tasmania', Proceedings of the 2008 World Sustainable Building Conference, September, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 370-377. ISBN 978-0-646-50372-1 (2008) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Stratford E; Davison AG

2008Watson Phillipa, 'Housing improvement for sustainability in Tasmania: who is involved what are they doing, and what has been the effect?', School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference Program 2008, October 2008, Hobart, pp. 19-20. (2008) [Conference Extract]

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2007Watson Phillipa, 'A little effort goes a long way: looking at improvements to Tasmanian housing stock', School of Geography and Environmental Studies Conference Program 2007, October, Hobart, pp. 19-19. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2007Watson Phillipa, 'Understanding the mechanisms of sustainable housing renewal in Tasmania: a qualitative method', 2nd Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference Program 20th - 22nd June 2007, June, Brisbane, pp. 23-23. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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2007Watson Phillipa, Watson S, 'Eco-Renovation Research Through Practice: Environmentally Sustainable Renewal of a 1950's Suburban House', 2nd Australasian Housing Researchers' Conference Program 20th - 22nd June 2007, June, Brisbane, pp. 23-24. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Lovell H, Watson P, 'TasNetworks Tariff Trial Method Review - Phase One', TasNetworks, Australia (2016) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Lovell H

2016Lovell H, Watson Phillipa, 'Tariff Trial Survey Design', TasNetworks, Tasmania (2016) [Consultants Report]

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Co-authors: Lovell H

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Watson P, 'Dwelling adaptation for sustainability: improving interventions for energy efficiency, comfort and equity in Tasmania' (2013) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Watson Phillipa, Cooper CH, 'Saving energy starts at home', Unitas: News from the University of Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, 323, September (2008) [Media Interview]

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Co-authors: Cooper CH

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$366,224

Projects

Tariff Trial, Phase One (2016)$7,787
Description
Review of tariff trial approach, sample size and overall trial method robustness (Phase One). 1. A review of the 600 household sample size, including discussion of its main opportunities/advantages and limitations. 2. A brief review of up to 10 other publically available tariff trials in Australia, including gathering data on sample size, location, and other key methodological characteristics. This is to benchmark the proposed Tasmania tariff trial, providing comparison of the sample size and experimental design against other similar trials completed within the Australian electricity market. 3. Methodological review of the experimental design. 4. Highlighting of any significant problems with the experimental design (show stoppers) in the methodological review. 5. Suggestion of modifications that could be made to the experimental design to ensure robustness, and of any further activities or approaches that will encourage robustness. This consultancy involves advising on the research approach being only. We are not involved in data collection or analysis.
Funding
Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd ($7,787)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC; Watson Phillipa
Year
2016
Tariff Trial , Phase 2 - survey development (2016)$9,630
Description
UTAS will be assisting TasNetworks to develop a survey tool for the Tariff Trail. UTAS will do this by a) running a workshop to develop survey topics, and b) drafting survey questions for review by TasNetworks. The survey is being developed in May and June 2016 for use at the start of Phase One of the Tariff Trial. This is Phase 2 of UTAS assistance.The survey being developed will be sent to householders along with the terms and conditions for the tariff trial. It is a before survey that is to be filled out prior to advanced meter installations in participant homes. This before survey will be coupled in data analysis with an after survey that will be developed at a later date
Funding
Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd ($9,630)
Scheme
Consultancy
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lovell HC; Watson Phillipa
Year
2016
Get Bill Smart (2013 - 2016)$348,807
Funding
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency ($348,807)
Scheme
Grant-Low Energy Efficiency Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Gabriel MB; Watson Phillipa
Period
2013 - 2016

Research Supervision

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDARENA CONSORT Smart Grid Pilot: Exploring the governance and implementation of energy innovation and community acceptance2016