Dr Francesco Pomponi is a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Construction of Edinburgh Napier University.
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. In 2017 he 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 BEng 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 an Associate 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.
Currently, his research focuses on circular economy in the built environment, life cycle environmental impact assessment methodlogy 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 in February 2017, he created with his colleagues Dr Bernardino D'Amico (ENU) and Dr Rupert Myers (University of Edinburgh) the REBEL (Resource Efficient Built Environment Lab) Group, which aims to address sustainability issues in the built environment holistically.
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.