Frank de Feijter holds a master in Urban and cultural Geography and a master in Urban Planning from the Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). He is currently PhD-candidate at the Environmental Policy Group. His social-scientific research is about the interaction between householders and providers in residential housing retrofitting processes around the globe. The retrofitting of existing housing estates by improving wall insulation, window frames, heating, cooling and ventilation installations to improve life quality and save energy is among the most important challenges for global cities. To regenerate mature cities, governance for urban transformation and renewal of old housing neighborhoods has become a powerful, but often also problematic strategy. Special trigger for this research is that 30-40% of the theoretically expected energy saving in retrofitting housing is not realised. Also the energy use for identical housing can vary by a factor of 3 - 4.
This PhD research aims to identify the social and institutional conditions under which smart retrofitting of urban housing may lead to energy saving. The driving question is: What are the implications for household-consumers and providers of smart retrofitting projects in terms of new relations between consumers and providers and new emerging domestic energy practices? Objects of study are the participation of householders in enrollment activities and the influence of the retrofit on householder' daily activities. These elements are studied at several projects of residential housing retrofitting. In this research Frank wants to learn more about smart ways of including households(desires) in citizen participation trajectories and insight in the appropriation by householders of heating, ventilation and cooling technologies after the retrofit.
The response of cities to the climate change and broader sustainability agendas has varied globally to the urban retrofit challenge. In order to not be fixated on one country characteristics we have added a cross-national dimension. Our research areas are in cases of retrofit in Amsterdam social housing sector and old housing communities in Mianyang and Beijing (China). From a theoretical perspective, this research presents an everyday life practice-based approach as an opportunity to bridge with systems of provision. Project partners are the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). Contact: email@example.com
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