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Thu 5 Nov 2015, 12:30pm–1:30pm

Where: University of Otago - Wellington Campus, 23a Mein St, Newtown, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Speakers: Kimberley O’Sullivan, Waiopehu College’s 10W 2015 Youth Research Group and Philippa Howden-Chapman

The Cool? project seeks to explore the experiences of youth living in, or at risk of, fuel poverty using child-centred, participatory research approaches and a multiphase mixed methods research design. Despite evidence to suggest that many children and youth may be at risk of fuel poverty worldwide, very little fuel poverty research has been undertaken with children or youth living in cold homes. This seminar will highlight results from the three research phases of this study:

Phase I: Collaborative workshops with 10W 2015 Youth Research Group of Waiopehu College Levin
The study aims to maximise youth participation throughout the research process. The youth researchers are involved in all research steps from survey and interview design through analysis and dissemination of the research. We’ll describe the process, progress, and pitfalls of our participatory research.

Phase II: Nationwide survey of Year 10s on winter housing conditions
This winter we have undertaken an online survey of Year 10 students around the country to explore their experiences of cold homes and winter housing conditions. We’ll be reporting the results of this survey.

Phase III: Email interviews with Year 10s on winter housing conditions
Following on from the survey, we are completing interviews by email with Year 10s on their experiences of winter housing conditions and their insights into the effects of cold housing on youth. We’ll present initial results from the interview study.

Kimberley O'Sullivan is a postdoctoral fellow with He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme. Her research interests lie in the use of mixed methods and qualitative research to explore fuel poverty, e​nergy use and housing from a public health perspective. She leads the Cool? study.

Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. She has conducted a number of randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities, which have had a major influence on housing, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work. She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health Guideline Development Group and was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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