Dr Nick Preval

PhD, MEnvStud, BA

Research Fellow

NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities, University of Otago, Wellington

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I have an environmental studies background. My PhD thesis and Masters thesis are primarily focused on quantifying the costs and benefits resulting from insulation and heating related interventions.

At the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities, I have worked on a number of projects including defining the local government research agenda and a survey of home location preference. I am currently a researcher with the Resilient Urban Futures programme, looking at costs, benefits and risks of two trajectories of urban development – compact and dispersed.

KEY PUBLICATIONS

Streamlining urban housing development: Are there environmental sustainability impacts?Cities 55: 101–112 (2016)
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Does retrofitted insulation reduce household energy use? Theory and practice The Energy Journal (in press)
Statistical and policy analysis of large-scale public health interventionsPhD, University of Otago, 2015
Co-benefits of insulating houses: Research evidence and policy implicationsWellbeing: A Complete Reference Guide, Vol II, Wellbeing and the Environment. London, Wiley-Blackwell. II: 607-626, 2014
An extended analysis of the impacts of retrofitted insulation and new heaters on health services utilisation and costs, and mortality: Evaluation of Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart Extension2012
Cost benefit analysis of the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart Programme2011
Walking the talk: Sustainable transport and local governmentSizing up the city: Urban form and transport in New Zealand. P Howden-Chapman, K Stewart, R Chapman eds. Wellington, New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, 2010
For whom the city? Housing and locational preferences in New ZealandSizing up the City: Urban form and transport in New Zealand. P Howden-Chapman, K Stewart, R Chapman eds. Wellington, New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, 2010
Evaluating energy, health and carbon co-benefits from improved domestic space heating: A randomised community trialEnergy Policy, 8 April 2010
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