I am a Spanish interdisciplinary building engineer with over 6 years of experience in the non-academic (QuEST Global) and academic sector (Department of Building Construction II, University of Seville) where I have played a key role in teaching, researching, mentoring and exchanging knowledge on sustainability, buildings, innovative solutions and people’s quality of life. In 2019, I became an affiliated research fellow at Tampere University, ASUTUT Sustainable Housing Design research group.
I completed my PhD in 2018, which focused at developing a better understanding of the relationship between building performance and households’ quality of life based on the analysis of monetary, energy and thermal-comfort factors. A major component of my work has been to develop a novel model to assess the level of energy vulnerability based on these factors.
There are several novel aspects of my research that should be highlighted. Firstly, I go beyond the use of single self-reported subjective indicators of thermal comfort, and instead I use the adaptive thermal-comfort model defined in the normative UNE EN 15251:2007, which presents a broader assessment of thermal comfort in relation to energy poverty. Secondly, the model defined in my research has the potential to achieve significant societal impacts by optimally targeting energy efficiency measures towards the most vulnerable households, thus reducing the prevalence of energy poverty.
Furthermore, I am actively involved with European projects (member of the EU Energy Poverty Observatory’s advisory group, member of the management committee substitute within the ENGAGER Action), and my work has been influential in shaping new measures and definitions on the issue of energy poverty. In this sense, highlight my extensive network of contacts in academic and non-academic institutions across the European Union, as well as Chile, India, Mexico, Canada, and Japan.
My ongoing activities focus on:
- Climate Change and Energy Poverty Vulnerability
- Transport Energy Poverty: effects of gentrification and segregation on most vulnerable people
- Sustainable and Smart Cities: Affordable for vulnerable people?
You can find more about my work on the links below:
- 'Co-constructing a Finnish Climate Action Network towards an Inclusive Carbon Neutral Society (FiCAN)', with Harriet Thomson and Karla Ricalde at Birmingham University, together with Raul Castano-Rosa and Sofie Pelsmakers at ASUTUT received funding to to be held in May 2020, funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).
- 2019-present: summer-time building overheating: vulnerability and building solutions, focus on Nordic region (Raul Castano Rosa, Sofie Pelsmakers)