Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank

Associate Professor at Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Associate Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Dr Minna Sunikka-Blank is Associate Professor and Deputy Head at the Department of Architecture in Cambridge.

She is interested in the role of mass housing in sustainable development: the transition from informal to formal in housing and energy infrastructure. Her research explores the intersections of domestic energy transitions, housing and gender. Dr Sunikka-Blank leads AHRC Research Network Filming Energy (FERN) that uses participatory film-making to understand women's lived expereince in low-income housing in India and South Africa. At the core of the project is collaboration with 'non-traditional' research partners: NGOs and policy makers.

Dr Sunikka-Blank co-convenes the inter-disciplinary Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements/GENUS research group across Geography, Engineering, Architecture and Judge Business School. At the Department she co-leads Behaviour and Building Performance/BBP group with international research students.

Before coming to Cambridge Dr Sunikka-Blank worked on environmental impact assessment projects and research in Finland and the Netherlands. She has held a Visting Professorship at Keio University in Japan. She regularly collaborates with inter-disciplinary networks beyond Cambridge, looking at challenges such as adaptation of solar technologies in low income communities, focusing on the perspectives of women.

Dr Sunikka-Blank has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and her research on understanding domestic energy demand and conceptualisation of the 'prebound effect' has directly informed housing and thermal retrofit policy. She authors policy briefings such as the British Academy COP26 Policy Briefing on Cities and Energy Transitions.

Her work was presented in BBCArts 'Animated Thinking' series showing how today’s slums in India and how the transition to high-rise flats has adversely and radically affected the lives of women.

  • 14 April 2015, 10am

    CSaP Annual Conference 2015

    This year our conference will explore opportunities for improving the way government accesses, assesses and makes use of expertise from the humanities, and offer examples of the significant contribution these disciplines have made to public policy.

  • 21 January 2015, 6pm

    Cities in a changing climate: London

    CSaP is working in partnership with the European Development Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment to bring together a panel of distinguished speakers to focus on cities in a changing climate.