London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Janet Rudge

Dr Janet Rudge is a registered architect, with research interests in energy efficiency, fuel poverty and health. Much of her early professional experience, as an architect, was involved with housing associations and rehabilitation of older dwellings in northeast England. She later took an MSc in Environmental and Energy Studies and began teaching and researching in this subject area, first at the University of East London and then at the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University) in the Low Energy Architecture Research Unit (LEARN). She gained her PhD in 2004 with a thesis on 'Health, housing and affordable warmth: an investigation into the link between fuel poverty risk and the health of older people', which led on to an ESRC funded project : 'The impact of fuel poverty on health: contributing to the evidence base' in 2005-7.

Dr Rudge was also Administrator for the Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings (a research network based at LEARN) during its 3 years of funding by the EPSRC. In a voluntary capacity, she is a member of the steering group for the National Right to Fuel Campaign.

Since 2006 Dr Rudge has been invited lead expert on cold homes to the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health for an ongoing WHO project on calculating the burden of disease of inadequate housing.

Dr Rudge now works for the London Borough of Ealing.


Rudge J. & Gilchrist R. (2008) Costing the health impact of cold housing. Proceedings of 5th Warwick Healthy Housing Conference, 17 -19 March 2008, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
Rudge J. & Gilchrist R. (2007) The health impact of cold homes on older people: a population based study. Poster presented at House of Commons reception March 2007, organised by SET for Britain.

Rudge J. & Gilchrist, R. (2007). Measuring the health impact of temperatures in dwellings: investigating excess winter morbidity and cold homes in the London Borough of Newham. /Energy and Buildings/ *39*:847-858.

Rudge J. & Gilchrist, R. (2006) Health impact of fuel poverty: contributing to the evidence base. In: Proceedings of /Healthy Buildings 2006, /Lisbon, 4-6 June 2006/ (Fernandes et al, Eds)/ Vol V:327-330

Rudge J. (2006) 'Poor Housing Makes for Poor Health - finding the evidence'. /Energy Action/ - March 2006 Issue 96.

Rudge J. & Gilchrist R. (2005) 'Excess winter morbidity among older people at risk of cold homes: a population-based study in a London borough.' /Journal of Public Health, Vol. 27, No.4: 353-358.

Rudge J. 'Cold, damp homes cause disease - more evidence'
Fuel News. The Newsletter of the National Right to Fuel Campaign. Dec 2005. ISSN 1464, 7621

Nicol F., Rudge J. & Kovats S. (2004) 'Safe and warm: effect of climate change on thermal comfort and health.' In /Adapting buildings and cities for climate change./ Roaf S, Crichton D, Nicol F (eds). London: Architectural Press.

Rudge J. & Winder R. (2002) 'Central heating installation for older, low income households: What difference does it make?'in /Indoor Air 2002: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate/, Vol. 4, H Levin, ed., Indoor Air 2002, Santa Cruz, California, 2002, pp. 1078-83.

Rudge J. (2001) Fuel Poverty and Health. Position Paper (no 5), National Right to Fuel Campaign.

Rudge J. (2001) /Developing a methodology to evaluate the outcome of investment in affordable warmth./ Report number 6, Eaga Charitable Trust, Cumbria.

F. Nicol & J. Rudge (2000)'Putting climatic architecture on trial: a case study in Chandigarh' in /Congress Proceedings of TIA 2000: Sustainable Buildings for the 21st Century: teaching issues, tools and methodologies for sustainability/, TIA (Teaching in Architecture) on behalf of the European Commission Directorate General XVII for Energy and Transport.

J. Rudge (2000) 'Winter morbidity and fuel poverty: mapping the connection'.

J. Rudge & F. Nicol (eds.) (2000) /Cutting the Cost of Cold: Affordable Warmth for Healthier Homes./ E&FN Spon Ltd (Taylor & Francis Group), London.


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