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Dimitra Dantsiou

Dimitra Dantsiou

Dimitra Dantsiou

Christ's College

Research Area: Thermal comfort, control and behavioural change in office buildings

Supervisor: Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank


Dimitra is an Architect and PhD student in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge.  She graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a Diploma in Architectural Engineering and later on received her MPhil in Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Cambridge.

In her PhD she studies energy use and thermal comfort practices in buildings focusing her research in the workplace environment. She is particularly interested in behavioural change and its potential as an efficiency measure. Her research employs both qualitative and quantitative methods using insights from Social Practice Theory and consumption studies.

Dimitra has been Editor of Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal - Issue 23 - CRISIS and member of UNI-metrics, an international research platform on sustainable university campuses.

Research Interests

  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Energy use and thermal comfort practices 
  • Behavioural change
  • Social Practice theory


Dr. Minna Sunikka-Blank

Prof. Koen Steemers, academic adviser

Completion date

March 2016

Key Publications

Dantsiou, D. and Sunikka-Blank, M. (2015) Why does energy use feedback not work in workplaces? Insights from social practice theory, ECEEE 2015 Summer Study - First Fuel now, Toulon, France, 2227-2236

Gupta, R. and Dantsiou, D. (2013), Understanding the gap between ‘as designed’ and ‘as built’ performance of a new low carbon housing development in UK, Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, Vol. 22, 567-580

Sunikka-Blank, M., Chen, J., Dantsiou, D., Britnell, J. (2012), Sustainable Retrofit – understanding barriers to progress, community engagement and policy strategies for increase of take up by home owners and tenants, European Planning Studies, 20(1), 131-145


Dantsiou, D. (2015), 'Comfort, Control and Change: The potential of behavioural change as an energy efficiency tool', GreenBRIDGE Seminar, CRASSH, Cambridge, UK

Dantsiou, D. (2014), 'The potential of behavioural change as an energy efficiency measure in office buildings', Poster presentation at: BEHAVE Energy Conference 2014, Oxford, UK

Dantsiou, D. (2013), ‘Motivating individual emission cuts through communication’, Paper presentation at: CISBAT, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Dantsiou, D. (2012), ‘Carbon Reduction Strategies in the University and Colleges of Cambridge: Policy and Practice’, Presented at: International Symposium on Creation of Sustainable Campuses 2012, Sapporo, Japan

Design work featured in:

Dantsiou, D., Moysiadis, D., Panopoulos, K. (2014), Design for social eco-housing in a rural context, Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, Issue 23, 110-115

Dantsiou, D. and Perrou, E. (2009) ‘2 to 12, Building for children in the city center’, Available in Greek:ολες-2009/2-έως-12-κτίριο-για-παιδιά-στο-κέντρο-της-πόλης-id2202