Kimberley O'Sullivan


Post-doctoral Fellow

Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington


Kimberley is interested in fuel poverty (the inability to afford adequate household energy services including maintaining healthy indoor temperatures), prepayment metering, heating and healthy housing.

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Kim's work is profiled in the New Zealand Consumer magazine.


Fuel poverty, policy, and equity in New Zealand: The promise of prepayment meteringEnergy Research & Social Science, 2015, 7, 99-107
The influence of electricity prepayment meter use on household energy behaviourSustainable Cities and Society, 13, Oct 2014, pp. 182–191
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Empowered? Examining self-disconnection in a postal survey of electricity prepayment meter consumers in New ZealandEnergy Policy, 2013, 52:277-287
Kids in the cold: Outcomes for households with children using prepayment meteringNew Zealand Medical Journal, 15 March 2013
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Death by disconnection: the missing public health voice in newspaper coverage of a fuel poverty-related deathKotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 2012, 7(1):51-60
Tackling cold housing and fuel poverty in New Zealand: a review of policies, research and health impactsEnergy Policy, 2012, 49:134-142.
Making the connection: the relationship between fuel poverty, electricity disconnection and prepayment meteringEnergy Policy, 2011, 39:733-741
Warm homes: drivers of the demand for heating in the residential sector in New ZealandEnergy Policy, 2009, 37(9):3387-3399
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Counting the Costs: A survey of electricity prices using different payment plans - Oral PresentationProceedings of the Massey University Centre for Energy Research Energy Post Graduate Conference, Palmerston North (Nov 2009)
Prepaid poverty: Is prepayment metering for electricity a positive budgetary tool, or a costly service? - Oral PresentationProceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand Conference: Crunch Times – can science make a difference? Palmerston North (November 2009)
Fuel poverty in New Zealand: What can we know from low income consumers and how can we do better for them? - Oral PresentationProceedings of the National Energy Research Institute Conference: Knowing more, doing better. Wellington (April 2009)
“Gee my account is in credit!” Using vouchers to mitigate fuel poverty in New Zealand. - Oral PresentationProceedings of the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine. Tokyo (September 2008)