Senior Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Miller conducts industry and government funded socio-technical research in energy efficiency and renewable energy, with a particular focus on the built environment. With a focus on housing, current and recent research topics have included manufactured housing, sustainable housing, housing performance and valuation, housing and heatwaves; the impact of cool roof coatings for cooling loads in subtropical and tropical buildings; and post-occupancy performance assessment of subtropical and tropical housing.

She is particularly involved in promoting and implementing multidisciplinary research teams that embrace building simulation and modelling software; building science; post-occupancy assessment and the links between urban planning, buildings and the electricity network.

Her passion is communicating the need for a systems approach to solving problems - what is the core problem? What is the core need? What are all of the options available? How can we evaluate the pros and cons of each of these options individually and collectively? And can solutions help to solve multiple problems across different sectors, instead of creating unintended consequences that create a problem elsewhere.

Experience

  • 2008–present
    Senior Research Fellow, Science and Engineering Faculty, QUT
  • 2004–2007
    Manager, Queensland Sustainable Energy Industry Development Group, QUT

Education

  • 2012 
    QUT, PhD (Sustainable housing)
  • 1996 
    UQ, Master Music Studies

Publications

  • 2017
    Energy efficiency of housing for older citizens: does it matter?, Energy Policy
  • 2015
    Analysis of cool roof coatings for residential demand side management in tropical Australia, Energies
  • 2015
    What does the built environment have to do with risk mitigation, resilience and disaster recovery?, Sustainable Cities and Society
  • 2013
    Factors influencing sustainability outcomes of housing in subtropical Australia, Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
  • 2013
    A framework for adaptation of Australian households to heat waves, NCCARF Final Report
  • 2013
    Benefits and impacts of adjusting cooling set-points in Brisbane: how do office workers respond?, Sustainable retrofitting of commercial buildings: Warm climates
  • 2012
    Anatomy of a sub-tropical Positive Energy Home, Solar Energy
  • 2012
    Positive energy homes: impacts on, and implications for, ecologically sustainable urban design, Urban Design International
  • 2012
    Performance evaluation of eight contemporary passive solar homes in subtropical Australia, Building and Environment
  • 2012
    Sustainable housing: family experiences with supply chain ethics, Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice
  • 2010
    Green energy" sustainable energy sources and alternative technologies, Sustainable Urban and Regional Infrastructure Development: Technologies, Applications and Management

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    From innovators to mainstream market: a toolkit for transforming Australian housing and maximising sustainability outcomes for stakeholders
    Role:
    Project Leader / Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC Linkage Grant
  • 2013
    Strategies and Solutions for Housing Sustainability
    Role:
    Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
  • 2012
    Diffusion of manufactured high performance green houses: a mixed methods management study of innovation obstacles
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    ARC Linkage Grant

Research Areas

  • Electrical And Electronic Engineering (0906)
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering (0915)
  • Building Science And Techniques (120202)
  • Urban And Regional Planning (1205)