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Hui (Mia) Ben

Hui (Mia) Ben

Hui Ben (Mia)

Wolfson College

Research Area: Energy efficiency and occupant behaviour

Supervisor: Prof Koen Steemers

Office Phone: 01223 332989


BArch, MA, MPhil (Cantab)

Hui is a PhD candidate at University of Cambridge. She has graduated from MPhil (Res.) at the same department, focusing on energy efficiency and occupant behaviour in housing, before which she gained practical experience in addition to B.Arch and MA in Architecture. Mia’s current work continues on from the subject of environmental studies and aims to address the interplay between occupant behaviour and building energy efficiency taking into account occupant comfort. She was involved as a visiting researcher at Aalborg University Copenhagen on UserTEC project, and worked on a series of research projects at Cambridge University Department of Engineering and Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. Mia also acts as convenors / organisers of research groups/ societies in Cambridge (e.g. GreenBRIDGE). 

Wolfson College

Dr. Minna Sunikka-Blank

Prof. Koen Steemers (advisor)


Research Interests

  • Energy efficiency and occupant behaviour 
  • thermal comfort 
  • energy retrofit
  • domestic energy use

Key Publications

Journal Publication

Ben, H., Steemers, K., 2014. "Energy retrofit and occupant behaviour in protected housing: A case study of the Brunswick Centre in London", Energy and Buildings (V80) pp. 120–130.

Conference Publication

Ben, H., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2015. "A socio-technical approach to thermal comfort and heating behaviour in UK homes", CISBAT 2015 (V1) pp. 339-345. 

Book Publication

Ben, H., 2014. Energy Retrofit and Occupant Behaviour in Listed Housing. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Conference Presentations/Posters, Seminars

Ben, H., Sunikka-Blank, M. 2014. Energy efficiency and comfort practices: behavioural segmentation in domestic buildings. Wolfson Research Event, University of Cambridge. 

Ben, H., Sunikka-Blank, M. 2014. Comfort and energy practices: an insight into occupant behaviour in domestic energy use. Architecture Graduate Symposium. University of Cambridge. 

Ben, H. Sunikka-Blank, M. 2014. Comfort and energy practices. UserTEC project, SBi. Alborg University Copenhagen.

Ben, H., Steemers, K. 2013. Energy retrofit and occupant behaviour in listed housing. Wolfson Research Event, University of Cambridge.