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Built Environment and Sustainability

Sustainability is an overarching theme within our Built Environment Research. This specific focus allows us to achieve maximum impact through a range of explicit conduits, through which we continually addresses critical contemporary environmental, social, economic and political issues. Given the ever-increasing importance of environmental and sustainability agendas, this research theme involves active engagement with industry, key consortia/research bodies and the wider outreach communities.

Built Environment and Sustainability


The School of Engineering is recognised for its high-impact research. This is delivered through the School’s Centre for Sustainable Development, Centre for Waste Management and Earthworm Research Group.

The academic infrastructure is purposefully structured to maximise collaborative engagement with industrial, commercial and societal stakeholder partnerships under an umbrella theme of ‘environment and sustainability’; to effectively engage with and channel disparate critical thinking into cohesive interdisciplinary research outputs. These products of research are directly aligned to produce real-world solutions; solutions that deliver tangible results and value-laden stakeholder benefits with embedded commercial, industrial and societal relevance.

Our environment and sustainability research embraces three distinct subject collectives:

Architectural Planning and Design (AP&D) – subjects embraced here are: sustainable design; history and theory; inclusive design; ageing and the built environment; conservation and regeneration; urban design and town planning; low carbon design solutions; and sustainable building technologies and materials.

Construction Management and Economics (CME) - core themes include: innovative procurement strategies; construction economics; health and safety; information technology; visualisation tools and BIM; facilities management; healthcare; lean construction solutions; and construction history.

Environmental Management, Performance and Politics (EMPP) - core research foci encompass: waste management; renewable energy and technologies; land rehabilitation; sustainable land use; restoration of ecosystem services through bio-stimulation; environmental policies; environmental planning; biodiversity; climate change; building services; and sustainable engineering.

The School welcomes informal inquiries relating to any of its research activities. In the first instance, please contact Professor Jack Goulding, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development.

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Research within the School of Engineering includes:

Leading and delivering built environment and sustainability innovation through prestigious collaborative procurement strategies and practices, underpinned by European Networks, industry engagement and funding;

Developing new insight into modern methods of construction and new business models using advanced virtual reality, training simulation tools, and BIM models – knowledge that continues to be published in monographs, research reports and technical books;

Helping shape future research agendas at local, national and international levels through CIB TG72 and CIB TG74 Task Groups;

Developing and shaping engagement frameworks that embrace environmental, socio-political/economic, and sustainability solutions to inform new environmental strategies for pollution control, waste and productivity policies/processes;

Enhancing community engagement and raising awareness of sustainability through biodiversity, as recently evidenced by the Earthworm Identification Guide, produced in collaboration with the Natural History Museum and OPAL - with a societal network of 50,000 individuals and establishment of distribution maps of common British species;

Championing international conferences in several key research areas, including: Climate Change and Public Private Partnerships;

A research nexus supported by a community of over 40 PhD and postdoctoral researchers, where several School staff are editors of leading peer-reviewed international academic journals including Professor Goulding, Editor of Construction Innovation, Professors Akintoye and Holt, Editors of Financial Management of Property and Construction, and Dr Farzad Pour Rahimian, Editor of ALAM CIPTA International Journal of Sustainable Tropical Design Research and Practice and Co-Editor of ArchNet-IJAR International Journal of Architectural Research.



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