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Jenni Cauvain (nee Viitanen)

Leverhulme Fellow in Urban Sustainability, Faculty of Social Sciences



Prior to joining the Laboratory for Urban Complexity And Sustainability (LUCAS) at Nottingham in March 2015, Jenni worked as a research associate at the Centre for Urban Policy Studies (CUPS) and Centre for Urban Resilience at Energy (CURE) at the University of Manchester, where her research focused on 'smart cities' and neighbourhoods, energy efficiency, housing, and socio-technical change. Jenni was also course leader for the Neighbourhood Planning module at Manchester, which is part of an RTPI accredited Master's programme. She completed her PhD in urban planning in Manchester in 2011.

She has worked on a range of projects as a researcher, project manager, Co-Investigator and Principal Investigator. Examples of her recent projects:

  • Evaluation of National Grid Innovation Award, in partnership with Southway Housing Trust. See press release
  • HOME - Housing in Multiple Occupation: Energy issues and policy. See Final Report
  • CHARISMA - Community Approaches to Housing Retrofit. See project website
  • SMARTiP - Smart Metropolitan Areas Through Innovation and People.See project website
  • IREEN - ICT Roadmap for Energy Efficient Neighbourhoods, FP7 See project website
  • Engaging Energy Customers - Co-Managed Energy Innovation Fund with Scottish and Southern Energy and the University of Manchester Intellectual Property. See project demo

Outside of academia, Jenni was Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR North) in 2010-2012, where her work included urban topics such as Northern Economic Futures, Social and Economic Inequality, Housing, as well as energy policy on Renewable Heat.

Research Summary

Jenni's field of research is social sustainability in cities. She works on the project Sustaining Urban Habitats: an interdisciplinary approach supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

Recent Publications

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