Dr Francesco Pomponi is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow within the School of Engineering and the Built Environment.
In addition to being a passionate academic, Francesco is a professional engineer with over ten years of experience in the construction sector. Over his professional career, he has planned, managed, and secured funds for internationalisation projects for the foreign markets of United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ukraine.
Francesco’s expertise lies in life cycle assessment, embodied carbon, and circular economy. Within the built environment his work revolves around low-carbon buildings, measurement, management and mitigation of environmental impacts, and passive design. Francesco has been invited to and presented at many major international conferences, where his research has been highly commended and won awards. He has widely published in peer-reviewed leading journals, for which he also regularly acts as a reviewer. He sits on the Editorial Board of Sustainable Production and Consumption (Elsevier) and has recently chaired the ‘Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Accounting’ Forum of the International Passive and Low Energy Architecture conference and the ‘Design for Sustainability’ Track of the International Sustainable Development Research Society conference.
Francesco holds a MEng in Industrial Engineering, an MSc in Engineering Management, and a PhD in Civil Engineering. He is a Fellow of the RSA, a member of the IET, and a Fellow of the HEA. An associate member of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge and of Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR), Francesco regularly collaborates with practitioners and researchers from South and Central America, South Africa, Europe, and of course the UK. He has worked on projects funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK, and the Newton Trust at the University of Cambridge and the EU FP7 at Cranfield University. His research is currently funded by both the EPSRC and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
His research focuses on circular economy in the built environment, life cycle environmental impact assessment methodology and application, embodied carbon in buildings, and measurement, management and mitigation of the impacts of the built environment on the natural environment. Francesco is keenly interested in research on life cycle thinking and sustainable development, with a fervent enthusiasm in the harmonised combination of physical, social, and management sciences.
After moving to Edinburgh, he created the Resource Efficient Built Environment Lab (REBEL), which he heads. REBEL aims to address sustainability issues in the built environment holistically and it currently includes one postdoctoral researcher and three PhD students.
Dr Pomponi is available to take on motivated PhD students in any of the above areas. Prospective doctoral students with an interest in the wider area of sustainable built environments are also encouraged to get in touch.