Dr John Barry, School of Politics, QUB

Dr. John Barry is Director of the Centre of the Sustainability and Environmental Governance; Reader in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy and Associate Director of the Institute for a Sustainable World at Queens University Belfast. He has written extensively about normative aspects of environmental politics, citizenship and sustainability, the political economy of sustainability and the politics of renewable energy, climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy. His recent work has focussed on critiquing the orthodox economic model, the ‘Transition Towns’ movement and conceptual and policy debates around ‘resilience’ as a supplement of replacement for ‘sustainability’. He is co-editor of the journals of Environmental Politics and Ecopolitics online. He is currently working on two books: Sustainability, Vulnerability and Green Politics: Resistance, Resilience and Republicanism and Green Politics in Ireland: The Political Economy of (Un) Sustainability.

While based within social science, he approaches issues around un/sustainability such as climate change from an explicitly interdisciplinary perspective. His publications, include: Rethinking Green Politics: Nature, Virtue, Progress (Sage, 1999) [Winner of the PSA's WJM Mackenzie Prize for best book published in political science 1999]; Environment and Social Theory, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2007), with John Proops, Citizenship, Sustainability and Environmental Research, (Edward Elgar, 2000); and has co-edited (with Marcel Wissenburg), Sustaining Liberal Democracy: Ecological Challenges and Opportunities, (Palgrave, 2001); (with Gene Frankland) The International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics, (Routledge, 2001); (with Robyn Eckersley), The State and the Global Ecological Crisis (MIT Press, 2005).

He is also co-editor of the journal Environmental Politics. He has just completed a draft book entitled Vulnerability, Sustainability and Green Politics: The Coming Politics of Resilience, Resistance and Green Republicanism and has just started on another book entitled Green Politics in Ireland: Political Economy, Unsustainability and Hope on a Carbon-Constrained, Climate-Changed Island.


Professor Muhammed Basheer, PhD, FIAE, FACI, FICE,  CEng, MCS

Professor Basheer, Director of the Centre for Built Environment Research, holds the Chair of Structural Materials at Queen's University Belfast. He has nearly 30 years of experience in structural concrete research and education. His personal research interests are in the area of durability of concrete structures, sustainable constructions, non-destructive testing of structures and sensors for structural health monitoring. In these areas he has secured more than £6M research income, patented two test instruments and co-invented two sensor systems. He is an author or co-author of more than 350 technical publications (including 70 refereed journal papers, 21 refereed book chapters, 182 refereed conference publications and 4 British patents) and has made over 100 technical presentations internationally at conferences, seminars and workshops. Prof Basheer is a member of four ACI Technical Committees and three RILEM Technical Committees. In addition, he is a member of the UK Research Excellence Framework Sub Panel B14 for civil engineering and construction.


Robin Curry, Institute for a Sustainable World, QUB

Dr Robin Curry is a Development Officer with the Institute for a Sustainable World (ISW), a Visiting Fellow with Cranfield University School of Applied Science, an Open University Associate Lecturer and a Director of SRI Research. Robin’s main research interests are in examining climate change and environmental sustainability through the application and ongoing development of methodologies and metrics, including Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Footprint/s, Ecological and Water Footprint Analysis and Material Flow Analysis, with the aim of seeing how these metrics and methods can be improved with respect to their ‘usefulness’ for policy, design and decision making. A related research interest is the use of a range innovative stakeholder analysis and policy development methods in environmental and climate policy development, including Q methodology, multi-criteria decision analysis and soft-systems tools.  Robin has been Principal Investigator on a range of high-impact resource accounting projects and has disseminated his work widely through peer-reviewed technical reports, international conference proceedings and journals, including Local Environment, the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management and ICE Proceedings. 


Dr Amit Dhorde,  Department of Geography, University of Pune

Dr. Amit Dhorde is Assistant Professor of Geography in University of Pune, Pune, India. He has been teaching at the University of Pune for more than ten years. His areas of interest in research are urban climatology, agro-climatology and application of remote sensing in environmental studies. Dr. Dhorde initiated his research in climatology with doctorate degree for which he worked on climatic trends over major cities of India during the twentieth century. His research focused mainly on those cities with more than one million populations. He has also analysed spatio-temporal variations in urban heat island and its relationship with urbanisation. At present, he is working on ‘investigation of temperature and rainfall extremes over southern Indian since the late twentieth century’, research project funded by University Grants Commission, India. He is also working on a joint project on ‘Application of Remotely Sensed Data for the Evaluation of Impervious  Surface Growth and Its Effect on Surface Runoff in Two Rapidly Urbanizing Watersheds of Western Maharashtra, India’, which is sponsored by Indian Space Research Organisation. Dr. Dhorde has published his research findings in Atmospheric Environment, International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Journal of Indian Geophysical Union, Geographical Review.


Geraint Ellis, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, QUB.

Dr. Geraint Ellis is Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Environment and Spatial Planning and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University, Belfast. (QUB). He began his career working for community and environmental organisations in the east end of London, going on to work as a planning and community development advisor to the Government of Lesotho in Southern Africa, returning to practice in urban regeneration in London.  He joined QUB in 1998. His main research interests include the way environmental issues and the planning process affects people’s well-being and as such now focuses on energy, health and marine issues, equality and planning pedagogy. He has published and researched widely on these issues, including co-editing Learning from Wind Power: Governance, Society and Policy Perspectives on Sustainable Energy which is published by Palgrave in May 2012. He is also a co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. Geraint was awarded the European Planning Studies Prize in 2002 and QUB awards for excellence in teaching in 2002 and 2006.

Geraint is also active in the voluntary sector and has been a board member of a number of voluntary organisations including Sustainable NI, Community Technical Aid and Belfast Healthy Cities. He regularly advises Friends of the Earth (NI) on planning issues, is an active member of the Planners Network UK and is a founding member of Transition Town Whitehead.


Ashvani Kumar Gosain, PhD

Dr. A. K. Gosain, is a Professor in the field of Water Resources Engineering and GIS Technologies, in the Civil Engineering Department, IIT Delhi. Presently he is heading the Civil Engineering Department. Prof. Gosain has been associated with the research and development work in the area of hydrological modeling, urban flooding, water management, climate change impact assessment, Geographic Information System, and many allied areas. Some of the recent works of Prof. Gosain include a significant contribution to the NATCOM – national project undertaken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests for making the National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Prof. Gosain and his team undertook the segment on Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation for Water Sector and quantified the possible impact of the climate change on water resources of the river basins of the country (

Prof. Gosain has served on many prestigious assignments with the World Bank, DFID, USAID and many Ministries and State Governments. Prof. Gosain has to his credit above ninety papers published in refereed national and international journals and conferences. Fourteen students have completed their Ph.D. under his supervision. One of the recent assignments of Prof. Gosain include the formulation of the Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP), of which he is the Team Leader, Water Resources Management group. This is being done through a consortium of all the IITs.



Prof. Manmohan Kapshe

Prof. Manmohan Kapshe is an Architect and Urban Planner. He is a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. He has more than twenty years of teaching experience in Architecture, Planning, Energy and Management courses at various levels in different institutes.

Prof. Kapshe was a Lead Author for the ‘Working Group-II contributions to the fourth assessment report’, contributing author for the ‘2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories’, and expert reviewer for the ‘Special Report on Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage’ of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Prof. Kapshe has done research and consultancy assignments with many national and international agencies. His current research interests include regional and sectoral analysis of emissions; spatial analysis using GIS; and analysing the effects of climate change on human settlements and infrastructure. He has authored a book, contributed chapters to various books and published a number of papers in national and international journals.

Prof. Kapshe is presently working as Head of the Department of Planning at School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), Bhopal, India


Dr. Mahavir, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi

Dr Mahavir is Professor of Planning, and Head, Department of Environmental Planning at SPA, Delhi

Born in 1957. Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, a P. G. Diploma (Distinction) from ITC, as well as Ph. D. jointly from ITC and the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands. The research revolved around the concept of ‘Continuously Built-up Areas’ and the application of Remote Sensing Technology, with the case study of the NCR, Delhi. Studied `Drainage Characteristics of an Area as a Determinant for Urban Development’, Delhi, as Master’s thesis. Has been in the teaching, research and practice of Planning, Remote Sensing and GIS, Planning Information Systems, Environmental Planning, etc. for about 30 years. Presently, Professor and Head of the Department of Environmental Planning at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India.

Recently coordinated a National Workshop on Human Settlement’s Response to Climate Change, at the School. School itself is in the process of establishing a Centre on Climate Change and Human Settlements.


Mili Majumdar, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Mili Majumdar B.Arch. (Hons.), M.Tech (IIT, Chennai), is Director, Sustainable Habitat Division at TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi). She has over 19 years of experience in the field of energy and environment with special emphasis on sustainable habitats and urban development. She has experience on several aspects of sustainable habitats ranging from policy analysis and development, providing technical assistance in designing and implementing green buildings, enabling energy efficiency retrofits in existing  buildings, evaluating financial viability of green building projects, and working on macro issues related to climate change and urban development. She has been part of all major policy formulation in the green/energy efficient building segment in India.

She has led a team to conceptualise and develop a system for rating of green buildings in India. The rating system, GRIHA addresses environmental and social concerns of building construction in India and provides a framework for development of habitats and buildings that are environmentally benign, cost effective and socially responsible. It has been endorsed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy as the National green building rating system and by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, GoI as a preferred tool for granting environmental clearance for large construction projects . She has edited a book on “Energy Efficient Buildings in India” which is one of the most successful publications in this domain in India. She has steered development of a master’s level course on “Green Buildings” for Ministry of Urban Development.

She is member of Committee for formulation of energy conservation building codes for India, former Member of  Expert Committee to assist in environmental clearance of new construction projects and new industrial estates, constituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and  Member of Committee of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for revision and updating of National Building Code of India. She is Advisor to  Delhi Urban Arts Commission and Glass Academy of Saint Gobain. She is Founder member of the  Indian Building Performance Simulation Association. She is a core group member on implementation of the National Mission on Sustainable Habitats. She has been awarded the Construction World Woman of the Year 2011 by ASAPP media.

Sree Nanukuttan, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, QUB

Dr. Nanukuttan is a lecturer in Civil Engineering, who graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a PhD in Non-Destructive Testing of Structures in 2007. Since then Sree worked on various projects including development of sensor systems for marine concrete installations and numerical models for predicting the expected service life of such structures. The core areas of his research are on developing maintenance strategies for structures/buildings in extreme and challenging environments, assessing and modelling durability/thermal efficiency of buildings, life cycle costing and environmental impact assessment for products, buildings and large infrastructures. He has been a lecturer at Queen's since 2008 August and he teaches both undergraduate and masters level on subjects such as Structures, Durability of Steel/Concrete Structures and Whole Life Asset Management. He currently holds three research grants worth a total of £0.7M supporting his research on performance-based specification for concrete, durability of concrete infrastructures in Atlantic Area and environmental impact assessment of the construction in Ireland. He has authored over 50 technical publications and equal number of technical presentations to various client bodies and research entities. He is a member of two international technical committees of RILEM.


Aromar Revi (by video link) Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS)


Dr. Suresh Rohilla, Centre for Science and the Environment, Delhi

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla is Programme Director – Water Programme at the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi. He is a visiting research fellow at the School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast. He holds a doctoral degree from Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has postgraduate degrees in Regional Planning from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and Geography from Jawahar Lal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is British Chevening Fellow Year 2001 - trained in the area of Environmental Management at the University of Bradford, UK.  He has experience of over 17 years and some of previous assignments include: Director of Environment and Development, WWF India (2008-2010); Associate Professor in Environment Area, ASCI, Hyderabad (2007-08); Lecturer in Sustainability and Environmental Management, University of Bradford(UK); Assistant Director, National Capital Region Pllanning Board, Ministry of Urban Development (1997-2002) and Director, Natural Heritage Division at Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), New Delhi (1994-97).

He has been part of sub-groups of National Sustainable Habitat Mission set up under National Action Plan for Climate Change set up by Prime Minister of India. He is also member of the sub-group on 'Environmental Sustainability of India Cities for twelfth five year plan' set up by Planning Commission, Government of India and member of the Environmental Appraisal Committee for clearance of Infrastructure, Construction, Industrial Estate and other projects requiring clearance under Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) of the Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India. 


Prof. Sanjeev Singh, School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal

Prof. Sanjeev Singh is an Architect and an Environmental Planner. He has more than twenty years of Professional and teaching experience in the field of Architecture and Planning. Prof. Singh has done research and consultancy assignments with national and international agencies. His current research interests include waste management and co-benefits approach for a sound material society, business-environment interaction, and stakeholder environmentalism. He has authored a book, contributed to chapters to edited books and published papers in national and international journals.

Prof. Singh is presently working as Head of the Department of Architecture at School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) Bhopal, India


Prof Sharon Turner, School of Law, QUB

Sharon Turner graduated from the Law Faculty, University College Dublin in 1985 and was awarded the degree of Masters of Law from Osgoode Hall, Canada in 1987. The following year she was called to the Bar of the Republic of Ireland and became a member of the Honourable Society of King's Inns, Dublin. She was appointed to a Lectureship in the School of Law at Queen's University in 1988; promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001 and became Professor of Environmental Law in 2004. Professor Turner specializes in Environmental Law particularly, the EU and Irish dimensions (North and South). She is the lead author of the established text on environmental law in Northern Ireland and editor of two edited collections. In addition, she has published numerous articles and chapters in books. Professor Turner has recently returned to Queen's from a two-year secondment to the Department of the Environment (DOE) in Northern Ireland during which time she acted as the Department's senior legal advisor on the environment. As such she was extensively involved in advising the DOE, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Department of Regional Development and the Northern Ireland Water Service on the development of environmental policy and legislation - in particular concerning the control of agricultural pollution by nutrients; the implementation of the Habitats Directive and the implications of lifting Crown Immunity for Water Service. She was also responsible for preparing the legal defences to litigation taken by the EU Commission against the UK in respect of failures to implement EU Directives on the environment in N.I.

Professor Turner has recently been appointed to the panel of external legal experts advising the DOE. In addition, she is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Law and the Journal of European Environmental Policy. She is a founder member of the Environmental & Planning Law Association in Northern Ireland and is active in a wide variety of professional, community and Government advisory groups, notably the UK Environmental Law Association, the Advisory Council of the Environmental Law Foundation (London), the Northern Ireland Committee of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Department of the Environment Think Tank on Sustainable Development.

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