Larissa Nicholls



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Larissa’s human-computer interaction research includes smart home, distributed electricity generation, and other digital technologies. Her applied research projects involve in-home ethnographic research to explore interactions between energy (technologies, usage, pricing, communications) and social, physical and financial wellbeing.

Larissa specialises in bringing deeper understandings of household practices and concerns into Australia’s ongoing policy debates about energy affordability, sustainability and reliability. The impacts of energy policy and emerging technologies for vulnerable and disadvantaged households are a key research focus. Her industry-relevant research supports consumer advocacy and energy organisation decision-making towards better outcomes for households.

Having worked extensively in the areas of home energy efficiency and energy demand management, Larissa is currently investigating how emerging digital technologies may impact future energy demand and infrastructures.

Larissa gained a PhD from University of Melbourne (Medicine) and a Bachelor of Arts/Science from Monash University.

Education/Academic qualification

Arts/Science, Bachelor Degree (Honours), MONASH UNIVERSITY

Medicine, PhD, University of Melbourne

Research area keywords

  • energy futures
  • Demand-side Mangement
  • Smart home
  • Smart grid
  • Digital sociology
  • Digital technologies
  • emerging technologies
  • disadvantaged and diversity


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