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Daly, Matthew Dr

Associate Research Fellow

  • Associate Research Fellow - Sustainable Building Research Centre 2018 -

Overview


Matt is an associate research fellow at the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Building Research Centre. Matthew completed his PhD in 2018 at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. He has over 15 years experience researching and consulting in the fields of sustainability and the environment. Since gaining his PhD, Matt has been developing a broad but cohesive research portfolio investigating buildings and housing as sites of energy and resource consumption, with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research looking at interventions to encourage environmental sustainability.

His research has explored both bottom-up niche innovations (e.g. community-led housing groups) and government-led policy responses. His work applies theories of social change, applied systems thinking, sustainability transitions and niche innovation. His qualitative and quantitative research experience builds upon a background as an environmental engineer, including additional studies in carbon management and built environment energy usage.

Since joining UOW, Matt has led or research in multidisciplinary projects exploring: Energy efficiency decision-making in new build apartment construction (collaboration with UNSW, and UOW BAL), sustainability scorecards for existing residential buildings, energy efficiency in the rental sector (with UOW BAL), the development of a framework for evaluating market transformation (with UOW BAL and UOW FASSH), and the largest survey undertaken of maintenance practices in office buildings as they relate to energy efficiency (with FASSH). These projects have largely been policy informing research for a number of public sector organisations.

Matt holds a B. Eng (Environmental) (Hons I) from the University of Wollongong and a PhD in Sustainable Futures from the University of Technology Sydney. Matt's PhD research explored the impact of living in intentionally sustainable housing communities, such as ecovillages and cohousing communities, on household consumption practices, as well as considering pathways for wider impact from activities within this innovative niche. Matt developed significant expertise in qualitative and quantitative social research and analysis from his doctoral studies and research project work.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research Interests:

    • Collaborative housing communities and sustainability (cohousing, ecovillages, eco-communities etc)
    • Sustainable consumption, energy efficiency and changing practices
    • Energy efficient design in residential buildings
    • Community-led approaches to sustainability and resilience

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2021

    Published In
    Energy Policy
    2019

    Published In
    Urban Policy and Research
    2017

    Published In
    Parity
    2017

    Published In
    Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2014

    Published In
    Practices, the built environment & sustainability a thinking note collection
    Publisher
    London
    2014

    Published In
    Practices, the built environment & sustainability a thinking note collection
    Publisher
    London
    2014

    Published In
    Practices, the built environment & sustainability a thinking note collection
    Publisher
    London
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    8th State of Australian Cities National Conference
    2016

    Published In
    State of Australian Cities Conference 2016
  • Other Publications

    Year Title
    2020
    2019
    2018
    2021
    2019

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Solar For Strata Charters, Ben

Education And Training


  • D.Phil. in Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures, “The most powerful form of activism is just the way you live”: grassroots intentional communities and the sustainability of everyday practice 2012 - 2018
  • B.E. in Environmental, Honours Class 1 2003 - 2006

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • Research Interests:

    • Collaborative housing communities and sustainability (cohousing, ecovillages, eco-communities etc)
    • Sustainable consumption, energy efficiency and changing practices
    • Energy efficient design in residential buildings
    • Community-led approaches to sustainability and resilience

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2021

    Published In
    Energy Policy
    2019

    Published In
    Urban Policy and Research
    2017

    Published In
    Parity
    2017

    Published In
    Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2014

    Published In
    Practices, the built environment & sustainability a thinking note collection
    Publisher
    London
    2014

    Published In
    Practices, the built environment & sustainability a thinking note collection
    Publisher
    London
    2014

    Published In
    Practices, the built environment & sustainability a thinking note collection
    Publisher
    London
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    8th State of Australian Cities National Conference
    2016

    Published In
    State of Australian Cities Conference 2016
  • Other Publications

    Year Title
    2020
    2019
    2018
    2021
    2019

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Solar For Strata Charters, Ben

Education And Training


  • D.Phil. in Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures, “The most powerful form of activism is just the way you live”: grassroots intentional communities and the sustainability of everyday practice 2012 - 2018
  • B.E. in Environmental, Honours Class 1 2003 - 2006
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