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Marina Topouzi

Project Researcher

University of Oxford

Marina is a research associate at ECI’s (Environmental Change Institute) energy research programme in the Lower Carbon Futures team. Her current project (under the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions) researches deep renovation policy initiatives and policy mixes across the world including both technology-focused and people-focused policies. This research focusses on developing knowledge on three key aspects of deep renovation related to:

  • time, timing and policy design
  • role of intermediaries and the supply chain
  • multiple benefits of energy efficiency to deep renovation.

Her previous work has explored retrofit process risks of low-carbon housing stock renovation identifying procedures to avoid or minimize and increase quality assurance between design and implementation stages. She has a particular interest in socio-technical analysis of building/user practices that affect buildings’ energy demand response and in the causes of energy performance gap between design intent and real-life.

She is a steering group member for the BSI PAS 2035: 2019 Retrofit standards.

Prior to starting academic research on energy efficiency and buildings, she worked since 2000 as a professional architect in a wide range of projects for the public and the private sector.

Policy & Governance