2023 ACSA Seed Grant Winner

ACSA is very pleased to announce that Adelle Mansour has won the 2023 ACSA Seed Grant of $2,000 to be put towards publication of a citizen science related paper in an open access journal. Adelle presented a pre-recorded talk about her project at the CitSciOz23 conference, detailing the fascinating work she will be doing for her PhD at the University of Melbourne.

Watch Adelle’s talk from the #CitSciOz23 conference

University of Melbourne

Adelle Mansour

In the face of the climate crisis, housing plays a critical role in protecting the health and wellbeing of its occupants – for example, by keeping them cool during heatwaves. Yet, our housing stock in Australia is increasingly unable to both withstand and mitigate the impacts of environmental hazards (e.g. floods, temperature extremes). Improved housing policies are urgently required to address this issue.

Renter Researchers actively engages occupants of rental homes to measure their indoor temperature during summer and winter, with the aim of helping to build political support for minimum energy efficiency standards in rental properties across Australia. Minimum energy efficiency standards in the rental sector, for instance, would not only help to negate the adverse health effects associated with living in housing that is too hot or too cold but, by requiring less energy, they also go some way in reducing pollution. In this way, such measures would help to minimise both ecological and public health harms.

Delivered by Better Renting, a community organisation working to advocate for stable, affordable, and healthy homes, the fifth iteration of Renter Researchers will be delivered over the coming summer (2023-24). I will be conducting an in-depth case study of this project in partnership with Better Renting to understand how it was conceived and executed, and the pathways through which citizen science projects of this nature can effect change.

This Seed Grant will be put towards open access publishing costs to ensure that the findings of this case study are widely accessible.

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