Helen is a Research Fellow at the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities. She has recently completed her PhD. Helen's research has been mainly focused on three areas: the effect of home warmth interventions on health, household fuel use and temperature and fuel poverty and the factors associated with household transience. She has also done some work on homelessness.

Helen trained originally in engineering, and enjoys applying her quantitative skills to public health research. She has worked on the Housing, Insulation and Health study, the Housing, Heating and Health study and the Warm Homes for Elder New Zealanders study.

She is currently working in the Energy strand of the Public Housing and Urban Regeneration Programme.

Key publications

  1. 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,
  2. Six ways to help fix energy hardship in New Zealand.
    Policy Quarterly,
    17, 4.
  3. Ingham, T. Jones, B. Aldridge, D. Latimer, M. Dowell, A. Draper, J. Bailey, L. Stanley, T. Leadbitter, P.
    Damp mouldy housing and early childhood hospital admissions for acute respiratory infection: a case control study.
    74, 849-857.
  4. The value of experience: Including young people in energy poverty research.
    In N. Simcock, H. Thomson, S. Petrova & S. Bouzarovski (Eds.), Energy poverty and vulnerability: A global perspective.
    (pp 188-201). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.