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Dr. Minna Sunikka-Blank MSc Arch, PhD, Arch SAFA

Dr. Minna Sunikka-Blank, MSc Arch, PhD, Arch SAFA

University Senior Lecturer

Director of Graduate Studies

Fellow of Churchill College

Director of Studies for Churchill College

Office Phone: 01223 760126


Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank is a registered architects and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture. She leads Behaviour and Building Performance (BBP) research group and is a founding member of the interdisciplinary research collective GENUS (Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements) in Cambridge. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of energy policy instruments, the application of social theory on energy use in buildings and gender as an overlooked factor in climate change. Her most recent project investigates the nexus of energy, housing and gender in slum rehabilitation in India (British Academy Knowledge Frontiers grant). Dr Sunikka-Blank is a Director of Studies and Fellow in Architecture at Churchill College.

Research Interests

  • energy policy instruments
  • energy injustice
  • low cost housing
  • gender and energy use

Key Publications

Debnath, R., Bardhan, R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2019, How does slum rehabilitation influence appliance ownership? A structural model of non-income drivers. Energy Policy (132): 418-428

Sunikka-Blank, M., Bardhan, R., Haque, A.N., 2018, Gender, domestic energy and design of inclusive low-income habitats: A case of slum rehabilitation housing in India. Energy Research & Social Science (49): 53-67.

Khalid, R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2018, Evolving houses, demanding practices: A case of rising electricity consumption of the middle class in Pakistan. Build. Environ. 143, 293–305.

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2018, Economic inequality and household energy consumption in high-income countries: A challenge for social science based energy research. Ecological Economics 153(November): 78–88.

Khalid, R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2017, Homely social practices, uncanny electricity demands: Class, culture and material dynamics in Pakistan, Energy Research & Social Science, 34, 122-131.

Sunikka-Blank, M., Galvin, R., Behar, C., 2017, Harnessing class, taste and gender for more effective energy policies, Building Research and Information, DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2017.1356129.

Gillich A., Sunikka-Blank M., Ford A., 2017, Designing an ‘optimal’ domestic retrofit programme, Building Research & Information, DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2017.1368235. 

Galvin, R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2017, Ten questions concerning sustainable domestic thermal retrofit policy research, Building and Environment, 118, 377-388.

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2016, Schatzkian Practice Theory and Energy Consumption Research: Time for some Philosophical Spring Cleaning? Energy Research & Social Science, 22: 63–68.

Gillich, A., Sunikka-Blank, M., Ford, A., 2016, Lessons for the UK Green Deal from the US BBN, Building Research and Information, DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2016.1159500

Galvin, R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2016, Quantification of (p)rebound Effects in Retrofit Policies – Why does it Matter? Energy, 95, 415-424.

Sunikka-Blank, M., Galvin, R., 2015, Irrational homeowners? How aesthetics and heritage values influence thermal retrofit decisions in the United Kingdom, Energy Research and Social Science, 11(2015), 97-108.

Galvin, R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2014, The UK homeowner-retrofitter as an innovator in a socio-technical system, Energy Policy, 74, 655-662.

Galvin, R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2014, Disaggregating the causes of falling consumption of domestic heating energy in Germany, Energy Efficiency, DOI 10.1007/s12053-014-9259-5.

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M., 2013, Economic Viability in Thermal Retrofit Policies: Learning from Ten Years of Experience in Germany, Energy Policy, 54, pp. 343-351.

Galvin R., Sunikka-Blank M., 2013, A Critical Appraisal of Germany's Thermal Retrofit Policy: Turning Down the Heat. Springer-Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg/New York (ISBN-10: 1447153669, ISBN-13: 978-1447153665).

Sunikka-Blank, M., Galvin, R., 2012, Prebound effect, the gap between performance and the actual consumption, Building Research and Information, 40(3), pp. 260-273. []

Galvin, R., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2012, Including fuel price elasticity of demand in net present value and payback time calculations of thermal retrofits: case study of German dwellingsEnergy and Buildings, 50, pp. 219-228.

Sunikka-Blank, M., Chen, J., Dantsiou, D., Britnell, J., 2012, Improving energy efficiency of social housing areas – a case study of a retrofit achieving an ’A’ energy performance rating in the UKEuropean Planning Studies , 20(1), pp. 133-147.

Sunikka-Blank, M., 2011, The concept and aesthetics of sustainable building in Japan, in: Lee, S. (ed.) Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture, Rotterdam (010 Publishers), pp.186-197.

Sunikka-Blank, M., Iwafune, Y., 2011, Sustainable building in Japan - observations on a market transformation policyEnvironmental Policy and Governance, 21, pp. 351-363.

Sunikka-Blank, M., Lombardi, P. Huovila, P., 2010, The potential of e-participation in sustainable development evaluation ─ evidence from case studies, in: C.G. Reddick (ed.) Politics, Democracy and E-Government: Participation and Service Delivery, Hershley (IGI Global).

McGilligan, C., Sunikka-Blank, M., Natarajan, S., 2009, Subsidy as an agent to enhance the effectiveness of the energy performance certificate, Energy Policy, 38 (3), pp. 1272-1287.

Meijer, F., Itard, L., Sunikka-Blank, M., 2009, "Comparing European residential building stocks: performance, renovation and policy opportunitiesBuilding Research and Information, 37(5), pp. 533 -551.

Sunikka, M., 2008, Comparative view, in ICS (ed.), Housing and the Environment, London (ICS).

Itard, L., Meijer, F., Vrins, E., Hoiting, H., Fawcett, W., Sunikka, M., 2008, Building renovation and modernisation in Europe: state of the art review, Amsterdam (IOS Press).

Sunikka, M., Klinckenberg, F., 2007, Better buildings through energy efficiency: A roadmap for Europe, Brussels (Eurima).

Sunikka, M., 2006, Policies for improving energy efficiency if the European housing stock, Amsterdam (IOS Press).

Sunikka, M., 2006, Energy efficiency and low-carbon technologies in urban renewalBuilding Research and information, 34 (6), pp. 521-533.

Beerepoot, M., Sunikka M., 2005, The contribution of the EC energy certificate in improving sustainability of the housing stockEnvironment and Planning B, 32 (1), pp. 21-31.