Applications to join Summer Renter Researchers are now closed. You can sign up here to find out when we open applications for winter.
We're looking for 'Renter Researchers' to sign up to track the temperature in your home over summer. We'll use data and input from Renter Researchers to document the impact of substandard homes on renters, getting this evidence into the media and in front of decision-makers. This is part of the 'Healthy Homes for Renters' project and will help to build political support for minimum energy efficiency standards for rental properties.
Here's how it works:
- You apply below to be a Renter Researcher, by Friday 11 November.
- If selected, you receive a temperature tracker. You join a community of fellow Researchers, using WhatsApp.
- Through summer, you'll regularly sync data with a smartphone app, and we use this to build a picture of how renters are faring. We also encourage you to share your experiences on social media and with other Researchers.
- We'll stay in touch on the phone and through short surveys to help understand the impact of summer heat on you and other renters.
- To help you make the most of your participation, we'll organise professional media training for all Researchers, and also a political engagement workshop from a former politician. We'll give you chances to speak to journalists and your local politicians about your experiences.
Data gathering through temperature trackers will be anonymous. Anything identifiable or in the media will be voluntary, and we will pay an honorarium for people who appear in the media. (You can see the participant agreement here.)
Examples of media coverage from Summer Renter Researchers 2022
What you get out of it:
- Help to build national support for policy changes to make rental homes healthier and more affordable.
- Free temperature tracker to keep. Is your bedroom hotter than the surface of the sun? Probably not, but now you can double-check.
- Professional training in media and political engagement, and increased capacity to get your voice out there.
You should apply if:
- You care about rental rights &/or improving rental housing.
- You are interested in citizen science projects and data.
- You are active on social media and want to help spread the word.
- You like the idea of using your story to achieve political change.
Feedback from Summer Renter Researchers:
"Participating in this group has helped in many ways. Getting tips from other renters and learning what effective steps we can take to help keep our house cooler has been invaluable."
"I have loved having the solidarity and support of other Renter researchers throughout this project! Would love to be included in the winter run too! It's really made me feel a little bit of extra empowerment and hearing people's experiences as renters makes me feel stronger and not alone in my experiences."
"This was a fantastic project, being able to track my heat was really illuminating and the best thing was the little community formed on the Whatsapp group. It really felt like we had some kind of solidarity with other renters rather than 'going it alone'."
If you have any other questions before applying, please email [email protected]
This project was funded by Energy Consumers Australia Limited (www.energyconsumersaustralia.com.au) as part of its grants process for consumer advocacy projects and research projects for the benefit of consumers of electricity and natural gas.
The views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Consumers Australia.
Thanks to other organisations who have also supported this work: