The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


Dr Niamh Murtagh awarded British Academy/Leverhulme funding for home overheating investigation

24 August 2016


Dr Niamh Murtagh, Research Associate at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, has been awarded a research grant by the British Academy/Leverhulme to investigate overheating in English homes.

The grant, which aims to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences, is for a study entitled: "Overheating in English homes - an investigation of householder preparedness and motivation to take precautionary action". With 2016 likely to be the hottest year globally since records began, the risk to public health in England of heatwaves is growing as the global climate warms. The built environment can exacerbate or help to mitigate the effects of rising temperatures.

This study will survey a representative sample of householders to assess how prepared they consider their homes to be, and to what extent they are motivated to improve their homes' protection against overheating in the coming years. 

Niamh will conduct the research with her Co-Investigator, Dr Birgitta Gatersleben at the University of Surrey.