In the coming decades, many countries need to improve the energy efficiency of their building stock, to realize the climate and renewable energy goals. In the Netherlands, some 2 million social housing dwellings will undergo a radical upgrade in the way homes are insulated and heated. This transition may have an important side effect: help alleviate energy poverty for low-income families who now have difficulty paying their energy bills. This project studies how digital and artificial intelligence-based tools can stimulate and support energy transition of low-income families and help them make optimal technology choices.
We are looking for a PhD-candidate to join a team of researchers and practitioners, in which TU Eindhoven collaborates with behavioural economists, data scientists as well as public housing providers. Your research will first generate novel big-data-based evidence on the returns and behavioural effects of energy efficiency investments in public housing, and the corresponding energy poverty relief. Then, the results will enter as input into a digital tool that allows to predict and affect clean energy behaviour of low-income families in different scenarios.
This position is part of a large transdisciplinary grant 'Behaviour, Energy transition, Low income'
You will join the Urban Systems and Real Estate Group of the Department of the Built Environment of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). TU/e is a world-leading research university specializing in engineering science & technology, and is the world's best-performing university in terms of cooperation between research and industry (#1 since 2009). The Department of the Built Environment is responsible for research and education in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Urban Economics and Real Estate. The department has a strong focus on the highly socially relevant fields of smart cities and sustainable systems.
The Urban Systems and Real Estate group consists of three full professors, ten assistant and associate professors, several postdocs, about 40 PhD and PDEng candidates and support staff. The USRE group is world-renowned for its research on mobility, urban planning, urban economics, real estate and information systems in the built environment. The group has a strong focus on the analysis and modelling of individuals' behavior and use of smart technologies to create more sustainable solutions and healthy environments for people.
The PhD program (https://www.tue.nl/en/education/graduate-school/phds-at-tue/
PhD programs at TU/e are four-year research positions, having as aim to educate excellent, independent researchers. The program is in English and entails: (i) post-master level education in the form of courses and projects, (ii) performing cutting-edge research that results in scientific publications and concrete practical applications. TU/e with its nine departments offers a wide choice of educational and scientific activities covering various subjects. Within the research group personal scientific development is supported among other things by biweekly scientific seminars as well as participation in yearly international conferences in different countries.