Sustainable Built Environment
A strategic research cluster bringing together researchers from spatial planning, architecture and civil engineering to tackle some of the world's most pressing urban challenges.
- Fostering strategic partnerships with other leading research centres;
- Engaging with key research users and maximising impact;
- Supporting our best early career researchers.
Our research is guided by the challenges of:
- Environmentally Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development;
- Sustainable and Inclusive Urban Prosperity and Opportunities for All;
- Technological Innovation; and
- … a need to meet Sustainable Development Goals for cities, climate, environment and communities.
Academic and Research Staff
Please find below a list of the staff connected to this Research Cluster and their key research interests.
Key Research Interests
|Dr Deepti Adlakha||Healthy cities; active living; sustainable lifestyles; urban transformations.|
|Dr Gary Boyd||Architectural design; militarization; infrastructure and architecture; the architecture of coal; architecture of the supermarket; economics and architecture.|
|Mrs Tara Brooks||Social impact of policy on construction workers and organisations, looking at the unseen or hidden repercussions of taken for granted processes. Areas of research include digital construction, procurement, and quality management and its effectiveness in practice.|
|Dr Mark Campbell||Mark’s research interests include globalisation and its spatial consequences; migrant urbanisms; colonial and postcolonial urban histories and futures; sustainable urbanism and housing; and literary and cinematic representations of the city.|
|Prof Geraint Ellis||Health and built environment; energy transition; environmental policy.|
|Dr Wesley Flannery||Marine and coastal planning; stakeholder participation; flood risk management.|
|Dr Linda Fox-Rogers||Power and politics of planning; neoliberalisation; flood risk preparedness; creative economy.|
|Prof Tom Jefferies||Tom’s research investigates relationships between culture, space, landscape process to propose new forms of contemporary urbanism.|
|Prof Greg Keeffe||Greg Keeffe is interested in the productive city. A new city that is self-sufficient in energy food and water, where these resources are produced at a range of scales from the personal to the regional.|
|Prof Adrian Long||
Application of FlexiArch system to multi-span railway viaducts, in-situ testing of concrete.
|Mr Keith McAllister||The built environment …. + autism; children; fear; health and well-being; inclusivity.|
|Prof Michael McGarry||Architecture, urban design, and the public realm.|
|Dr Stephen McKay||Regulation; practice; resilience.|
|Dr Jasna Mariotti||Energy efficient cities; socialist architecture and urban planning; urban governance; urban centralities.|
|Dr Xianhai Meng||Dr Meng's research interests include: (1) large and complex project management; (2) sustainable and resilient built environment; (3) supply chain collaboration and integration; (4) facilities management; and (5) building information modelling.|
|Mr Colm Moore||Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Realm.|
|Mrs Clare Mulholland||Architectural design and planning in contested societies, spatial practices, socio-spatial integration, intergroup mixing and community participation in the design process.|
|Prof Brendan Murtagh||Social economics; urban regeneration; contested cities.|
|Dr Sree Nanukuttan||Civil infrastructure management; testing and modelling.|
|Dr Rachel O'Grady||Rachel's research focusses on the civic potential of temporary architecture.|
|Prof Wei Sha||Alkali activated binders/concretes; fly ash; ground granulated blast furnace slag; microstructure; durability.|
|Alkali activated binders/concretes; fly ash; ground granulated blast furnace slag; microstructure; durability; high performance fibre reinforced concrete; impact and blast resistant structures; the effect of temperature on early age strength development (maturity functions).|
|Mr Niek Turner||
Architecture and media; cinema and space; computer vision and new visual research methodologies; augmented and mixed reality.
Re-Wind: Reuse and Recycling of Decommissioned Composite Material Wind Turbine Blades
RE4: REuse and REcycling of CDW materials and structures in energy efficient pREfabricated elements for building REfurbishment and construction
LowCoPreCon: Low carbon footprint precast concrete products for an energy efficient built environment