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Elizabeth L. Hewitt

Photo Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Rutgers University

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Dr. Elizabeth L. Hewitt's work rests at the intersection of technology and social science, and explores energy and resiliency in buildings and cities. More specifically, her work is most often at the scale of the urban multifamily or commercial building, and conceptualizes buildings as dynamic, socio-technical organizational systems; as such there are important interactions that occur at the building scale between the built environment and its occupants, managers, infrastructure, and community. She conducts both quantitative and qualitative research on these many scales, influences, and agents/actors within and outside of buildings that impact energy and resiliency, such as occupant behavior in buildings (including habits, intentions, values, and social norms); building manager decision making (both technological and organizational); occupant interactions with smart building technologies; organizational culture (both within and across buildings and communities); and decision making for resiliency (at the building scale and the city scale).

Dr. Hewitt is trained as an urban planner and social scientist, and received her PhD from the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University. Her doctoral studies were funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT fellowship for interdisciplinary energy research. While at Rutgers, she conducted research at the Rutgers Center for Green Building on numerous NSF- and DOE-funded projects in commercial and multifamily residential buildings in New York City and Philadelphia. Before her time at Rutgers, she worked for a number of years as an urban planning practitioner, and has been involved with various policy and planning projects in New York City. From 2006-2010 she worked at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the largest business improvement district in North America, where she led the organization’s green building research and policy initiatives. She is LEED-accredited by the United States Green Building Council. Dr. Hewitt also holds a Master of Urban Planning (MUP) degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the State University of New York, FIT.

Selected Publications:

Boucher, J., Araujo, K., and Hewitt, E. (2018). New York State Energy Audits: A Socio-Spatial Analysis. Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, 136 pp. 355-366. doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.05.009. 

Jordán-Cuebas, F., Krogmann, U., Andrews, C.J., Senick, J.S., Hewitt, E., Wener, R.E., Sorensen Allacci, M., and Plotnik, D.  (2018). Understanding apartment end-use water consumption in two green residential multi-story buildings. Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management, 144(4). doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000911.

Hewitt, E. (2017). Organizational characteristics in residential rental buildings: Exploring the role of centralization in energy outcomes, Ch.10 in W. Leal Filho, R. Marans, J. Callewaert (Eds.), Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research, World Sustainability Series. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-67121-5. Chapter doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-67122-2_10.

Hewitt, E., Andrews, C., Senick, J. Wener, R., Krogmann, U. and Sorensen-Allacci, M. (2016).  Distinguishing between green building occupants’ reasoned and unplanned behaviors . Building Research and Information. 44 (2) pp. 119-134. doi: 10.1080/09613218.2015.1015854 .   

Hewitt, E.  (2016). Book Review, “People Habitat – 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities (F. K. Benfield).” Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER). Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0739456X16652203

(Under peer review) Hewitt, E. and Wang, Y. (2018). Understanding drivers of national level audit behavior: Demographics and socioeconomic characteristics. Submitted to Energy Research and Social Science.

(Under peer review) Hewitt, E. and Osman, M. (2017). Urban homeowners and energy efficiency: Insights from NYC cooperative buildings . Submitted to Journal of Cleaner Production.

Grants Currently Under Review:

(Under review) National Science Foundation, Smart & Connected Communities (SCC), $1,136,708, Principal Investigator, “Examining Community-Scale Resilience Evolution Through Technology Adoption: Resourcefulness to Robustness.”

(Under review) National Science Foundation, Critical Resilient Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) 2.0, $721,406 , Co-Principal Investigator (with Anil Yazici, PI, Civil Engineering), “Prescriptive Analytics Framework for the Resilience of Interdependent Transportation and Emergency Services Sectors.”

(Under review) New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), REV Campus Challenge, $996,374, Co-Principal Investigator (with Vera Gorfinkel, PI, Electrical and Computer Engineering), “High efficiency far-infrared heating systems to advance efficiency.”

Office:  1411 Computer Science
Phone:  631-632-3241


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