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CIED researcher invited to join Mayor of London Fuel Poverty Partnership

Dr Mari Martiskainen, Research Fellow at the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED), was invited to join the Mayor of London Fuel Poverty Partnership.

The partnership brings together key stakeholders from sectors such as local government, social housing, landlords, tenants, health and social care, charities, the energy sector and academia. Its remit will be to help the Mayor of London deliver the Fuel Poverty Action Plan and enable collaboration towards helping Londoners living in fuel poverty.

Dr Martiskainen’s research looks at the role of energy cafes in alleviating fuel poverty, but she has also been involved in research investigating the role of intermediaries in low energy housing innovation, community energy and grassroots innovation.

The first meeting of the London Fuel Poverty Partnership took place on 23 May. The partnership will meet three times a year and its members will serve for a period of two years.

Dr Martiskainen, together with University of Sussex alumnus and South East London Community Energy Director Giovanna Speciale published a report last year on energy cafes and how they can help tackle the problem of fuel poverty. She has also worked with and advised local stakeholders in Brighton such as Care without Carbon and Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative (BHESCo).