Perceptions of thermal comfort and housing quality:Exploring the microgeographies of energy poverty in Stakhanov, Ukraine

Saska Petrova, Michael Gentile, Stefan Bouzarovski, Ilkka Henrik Mäkinen

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Abstract

The growing recognition of the importance of indoor environments as 'active political-ecological spaces' has rarely been followed up by a systematic empirical engagement with the constituent dynamics and conceptual issues associated with infrastructural deprivation in this domain, particularly in non-Western contexts. Therefore, we investigate the relationship between self-reported perceptions of thermal comfort in the home, on the one hand, and a range of sociodemographic, housing, and health-related variables, on the other, via a quantitative analysis of a large-scale survey undertaken in the Eastern Ukrainian town of Stakhanov. Using the perceived level of thermal comfort as a starting point for its empirical explorations, we estimate the number and type of households who feel that they are receiving inadequate energy services in the home. Special attention is paid to the role of buildings in shaping the perceptions of thermal comfort.© 2013 Pion and its licensors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1240-1257
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironment and Planning A
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Cross-sectional studies
  • Energy poverty
  • Housing
  • Thermal comfort
  • Ukraine

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