After our recent call, The EU Fuel Poverty Network is delighted to welcome three new Deputy Network Coordinators to the team. The new coordinators will be bringing fresh ideas for the website and broader activities, as well as getting involved with promoting discussion and action on fuel poverty across Europe.
Our new Deputy Network Coordinators are:
Raúl Castaño De la Rosa
My name is Raúl Castaño De la Rosa and I am from Spain. I am doing my PhD in the University of Seville (Higher Technical School of Architecture). The developed line of research in the PhD programme is about environmental conditioning, energy efficiency and ICT in building. My research is based on the analysis of existing indicators of fuel poverty and its relationship to the residential sector.
I am currently the Project Officer for a British Gas Energy Trust funded project called Cosy Homes East Sutherland Scheme (CHESS). CHESS aims to improve the health of householders and reduce the levels of fuel poverty in the project area through providing grants towards energy efficiency measures, such as central heating, floor insulation, double glazing and draught proofing, which will make the homes more efficient, healthier and less expensive to heat. CHESS covers the area of East Sutherland in the Highlands of Scotland. Sutherland is a county which has 73.5 – 86.3% of residents as being classed as in fuel poverty (Changeworks, 2015) and is an area which has the highest number of ‘cold homes’ in Scotland, with an Energy Performance Certificate rating of D – G (Changeworks, 2016).
I am an early career researcher in the process of completing my PhD through Maynooth University, Ireland. My thesis investigates the spatialized impact of energy policy measures on the energy efficiency of the built environment. I predominantly use open data and GIS to investigate the links between residential energy efficiency and other social and economic factors. Some early results from my research project indicate that current Irish policy measures are serving to both alleviate some aspects of fuel poverty while also potentially creating new instances of fuel poverty within the population.
Please give them all a warm welcome in the comments below, on our Twitter account, or if you see them at an event in the future.