FPRN bulletin – 27th June 2023

27 June 2023

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The FPRN email bulletin is a semi-regular email highlighting a handpicked selection of recently published research and other knowledge outputs in the area of fuel/energy poverty from around the world. The aim is to share this emerging knowledge more widely and to help generate discussion across the network.

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Recent webinar: Smart homes & fuel poverty in Australia: improving outcomes or locking in vulnerabilities? Click here for the video.

Who is vulnerable to energy poverty in China? (ScienceDirect)
Lin Zhang; Lucie Middlemiss; Ian Philips (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This paper presents analysis of sociodemographic characteristics and links to energy vulnerability using the 2018 survey data from China Family Panel Studies. The authors find energy poverty households are more likely to have low housing quality, have low education, be older, have poor mental/physical health, be mainly female and lack clean cooking fuels.

Achieving deep-energy retrofits for households in energy poverty
Laura Tozer; Hannah MacRae; Emily Smit (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This systematic review identifies which factors influence the achievement of energy retrofits for households vulnerable to energy poverty. The results identify a range of influential factors across several themes: financial, policy and organizational, trust and communication, technical, attitudes and values, and health and presents a range of implications for households and policy.

Assessing the Impact of Fuel Poverty on Health: A European Scoping Review (pdf)
Sarah Champagne; Euan Phimister; Jennie Macdiarmid; Aravinda Meera Guntupalli (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This review presents the evidence of energy poverty’s association with health in Europe. A scoping review identified 35 relevant articles published between January 2000 and March 2022. The review revealed a negative association between energy poverty and health, specifically, general unspecified poor health, excess winter mortality, communicable disease, non-communicable diseases, mental health, and wellbeing.

Multidimensional energy poverty in Jordan between 2009 and 2018: Progress and possible policy interventions (pdf)
Mohammad Jaber (2023)
 Academic Paper  Open Access 

This study examines energy poverty in Jordan between 2009 and 2018. The analysis finds that energy poverty has slightly increased across this time but highlights that many households deal with a moderate level of energy poverty.

Mould or cold? Contrasting representations of unhealthy housing in Denmark and England and the relation to energy poverty (ScienceDirect)
Sirid Bonderup; Lucie Middlemiss (2023)
 Academic Paper 

This paper compares Danish and English understandings of mould and cold in homes. The authors find that contrasting problematisations of mould lead to highly divergent management approaches, in turn shaping public health consequences for those living with mould and cold.

Also, check out our special issue of the journal People, Policy and Place on Decarbonisation and Energy Poverty.

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