Francesco Pomponi

francesco pomponi

Dr Francesco Pomponi PhD FRSA FHEA MIET MSc BEng

Associate Professor

Biography

I am an experienced sustainability academic with a passion for research-informed teaching. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities” and this is why my research focuses on the built environment.

An interdisciplinary engineer by training, with a PhD in Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Sustainability I have over 10 years' professional experience with buildings and construction. Since the completion of my doctorate in 2015, I have authored over 60 peer-reviewed international publications, and secured grants from the Royal Academy of Engineering, the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the EU.

I created and lead the Resource Efficient Built Environment Lab (REBEL), which includes nine further people. My approach is grounded in academic rigour as well as societal relevance. I have done fieldwork in Central and South America, and South Africa while researching the transition to sustainable built environments in the Global South. My research expertise sits with life cycle and environmental impact assessment, circular economy, resource efficiency, embodied and whole-life carbon, and measurement, management and mitigation of the impacts of the built environment on the natural environment.

Before joining Edinburgh Napier, I worked from 2015-2017 at the University of Cambridge Centre for Sustainable Development as postdoctoral research associate on projects funded by the EPSRC, Innovate UK, and the Newton Trust. I also worked as Visiting Researcher at Cranfield University on the EU FP7 CO3 project. I am a Fellow of the RSA of the HEA, and a member of the IET and the International Society for Industrial Ecology. I am keenly interested in linking life cycle thinking, the circular economy, and sustainable development, with a fervent enthusiasm in the harmonised combination of physical, social, and management sciences.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Invited expert for International Energy Agency Policy Forum - Materials trends in Building Construction
  • Expert Meeting of the International Energy Agency - Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • Royal Academy of Engineering - Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium: The Circular Economy - Invited Participant
  • Scientific Committee Member - CIBSE 2019 (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) Symposium
  • Adviser and Reviewer for the International Energy Agency report on "Material Efficiency in Clean Energy Transitions"
  • Scientific Committee Member for IALCCE (International Association for Life Cycle Civil Engineering) 2018
  • UK Representative and Expert Member - Annex 72 of the International Energy Agency (IEA)
  • Co-author of the CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Building Performance Evaluation
  • SEEDS (Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society) 2018 Scientific Committee Member
  • RICS Professional Statement - Whole life carbon measurement: implementation in the built environment

 

Conference Activity

  • Organiser of the RAEng funded Seminar on 'Post-disaster and Post-conflict Sheltering in Africa' (University of Cape Town)
  • Scientific Committee Member - CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018
  • Member of the scientific committee of the 34th International PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) Conference
  • Member of the organising committee of the 33rd International Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference
  • Chair of the Design for Sustainability Track - International Sustainable Development Research Society
  • Chair of the Carbon Accounting and Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings Forum - Passive and Low Energy Architecture
  • Organiser of the 1st National Symposium on Embodied Carbon

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editor - Special Issue Energies (MDPI): Carbon footprinting and Life Cycle Assessment
  • Editorial Board Member (Structures - Elsevier)
  • Editor of Sustainable Production and Consumption (Elsevier)
  • Lead Editor - Special Issue Structures (Elsevier): Sustainable structures: whole-life analysis, environmental impacts, and material efficiency
  • Lead Editor - Special Issue Sustainability (MDPI): Low Energy Architecture and Low Carbon Cities: Exploring Links, Scales, and Environmental Impacts
  • Lead Editor for the Springer Nature book on 'Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Measurement, Management, and Mitigation'

 

External Examining/Validations

  • Construction Engineering Masters - Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, University of Cambridge (External Examiner)
  • Master's Degree IDBE (Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment), University of Cambridge

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Winner (Design, Innovation & Creativity category) @ RISE Awards 2019
  • Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
  • Highly Commended CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Best Academic Paper Award
  • Winner of the Leeds Sustainability Institute for Contribution to the Field (Circular Economy in the Built Environment)
  • Highly Commended CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) Best Technical Paper Award
  • Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy)

 

Grant Reviewer

  • EPSRC Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) - Grant Reviewer for Early Career Researcher Fellowships
  • European Science Foundation - Reviewer for Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • UKRC Peer Reviewer (Transforming Construction Network Plus - TCN+)
  • EPSRC Peer Reviewer (Responsive mode standard proposals)
  • Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) - Grant Reviewer
  • Invited Reviewer FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Invited reviewer for funding applications for Industrial Doctorates - Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
  • Reviewer for funding applications (Industry Fellowships) to the Royal Society

 

Invited Speaker

  • Intensive postgraduate course on LCA and Uncertainty Analysis - Universidade de Campinas (Brazil)
  • Invited keynote - Opening Ceremony of the Sudanese Sustainable Building Council
  • Invited speaker: UK Green Building Council Event "Advancing Net Zero: next steps in holistic carbon reduction"
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor (RICS) CPD Day - Sustainable Construction and Building Materials
  • Festival of Research - Brighton Doctoral College, Early Career Researchers discussion panel
  • Guest Lecture on Embodied Carbon - Universidad Colegio Mayor de Cundinamarca, Bogota' (Colombia)
  • Invited Keynote: Life Cycle Assessment in the Built Environment, Leeds Sustainability Institute
  • Embodied carbon in the built environment, Cambridge Architectural Research
  • Invited speaker: Sustainable Construction - University of Brighton

 

Media Activity

  • Interviewed by the BBC World Service on Urban Heat Island
  • Featured article on the BBC World Service website

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD External Examiner (University of Manchester)
  • PhD External Examiner - Aalto University [Finland]
  • PhD External Examiner (Cardiff University)
  • PhD [External Examiner] - Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge

 

Reviewing

  • Invited Reviewer Elsevier book on "Sustainable Construction Technologies"
  • Invited Reviewer by the Italian Ministry of Education for the Scientific Quality of its Research
  • Reviewer for more than 20 internationally leading journals - full details at: https://publons.com/researcher/1552342/francesco-pomponi/peer-review/

 

Date


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The Future of the Circular Economy & the Circular Economy of the Future

Journal Article
Weigend, R., Pomponi, F., Webster, K., & D'Amico, B. (in press)
The Future of the Circular Economy & the Circular Economy of the Future. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-07-2019-0063
In the published online version the abstract suffered minor changes. The new abstract reads: The circular economy (CE) has gained momentum in recent years as a new economic pa...

Circular Cities: the case of Singapore

Journal Article
Carrière, S., Weigend, R., Pey, . P., Pomponi, F., & Ramakrishna, S. (in press)
Circular Cities: the case of Singapore. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-12-2019-0137
Circular Economy (CE), as a new economic paradigm has gained traction in recent years. Cities’ role in driving CE forward has been perceived as being increasingly important to...

How Do People Move Around? National Data on Transport Modal Shares for 131 Countries

Journal Article
Fountas, G., Sun, Y., Akizu-Gardoki, O., & Pomponi, F. (2020)
How Do People Move Around? National Data on Transport Modal Shares for 131 Countries. World, 1(1), 34-43. https://doi.org/10.3390/world1010003
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought global mobility into the spotlight, with well over 100 countries having instituted either a full or partial lockdown by April 2020. Reduced m...

On mass quantities of gravity frames in building structures

Journal Article
D'Amico, B., & Pomponi, F. (2020)
On mass quantities of gravity frames in building structures. Journal of Building Engineering, 31, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2020.101426
This paper introduces a numerical study aimed at analysing and quantifying existing correlations between structural masses of the gravity frame in building structures (i.e. ex...

More Timber in Construction: Unanswered Questions and Future Challenges

Journal Article
Hart, J., & Pomponi, F. (2020)
More Timber in Construction: Unanswered Questions and Future Challenges. Sustainability, 12(8), https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083473
The built environment is one of the greatest contributors to carbon emissions, climate change, and to the unsustainable pressure on the natural environment and its ecosystems....

Qualifying the Sustainability of Novel Designs and Existing Solutions for Post-Disaster and Post-Conflict Sheltering

Journal Article
Alshawawreh, L., Alshawawreh, L., Pomponi, F., Pomponi, F., D'Amico, B., D’Amico, B., …Guthrie, P. (2020)
Qualifying the Sustainability of Novel Designs and Existing Solutions for Post-Disaster and Post-Conflict Sheltering. Sustainability, 12(3), https://doi.org/10.3390/su12030890
During the course of 2018, 70.8 million people globally were forcibly displaced due to natural disasters and conflicts—a staggering increase of 2.9 million people compared to ...

Heat island effects in urban life cycle assessment: Novel insights to include the effects of the urban heat island and UHI‐mitigation measures in LCA for effective policy making

Journal Article
Susca, T., & Pomponi, F. (2020)
Heat island effects in urban life cycle assessment: Novel insights to include the effects of the urban heat island and UHI‐mitigation measures in LCA for effective policy making. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 24(2), 410-423. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12980
Urbanization often entails a surge in urban temperature compared to the rural surroundings: the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect. Such a temperature increase triggers the format...

Comparative life cycle analysis of façade passive systems in the Mediterranean: comfort, energy, and carbon

Journal Article
Mifsud, L., Pomponi, F., & Moncaster, A. M. (2020)
Comparative life cycle analysis of façade passive systems in the Mediterranean: comfort, energy, and carbon. Renewable Energy, 149, 347-360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2019.12.072
In the Mediterranean region façade shading systems are used to reduce operational energy, particularly cooling loads. However, operational savings do not necessarily translate...

Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Emergency Shelters: A Holistic Approach

Presentation / Conference
D'Amico, B., Pomponi, L., Montaruli, M., Alshawawreh, L., Snaddon, S., Moghayedi, A., …Pomponi, F. (2019, September)
Post-Disaster Post-Conflict Emergency Shelters: A Holistic Approach. Poster presented at RISE Awards 2019
The constrained environment dominating Post-disaster Post-sheltering design solutions often results in a lack of consideration of sustainability and social dimensions. Neglect...

Futures studies & the circular economy: an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development

Journal Article
Weigend Rodríguez, R., Pomponi, F., & D'Amico, B. (2019)
Futures studies & the circular economy: an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable development. Economia Creativa, 11, 38-60
While the Circular Economy (CE) is gaining traction as a new economic paradigm to overcome the linear economy, it has not yet developed an understanding on how to transition f...

Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • Experimental validation and in-situ monitoring of the operational performance of ventilated facades in Colombia
  • Quantifying embodied carbon reduction in buildings, University of Cambridge
  • Implementing Whole Life Carbon in Buildings (IWLCiB), University of Cambridge
  • Symposium on Computational Fluid Dynamics, UFV - Santander Universities
  • Life Cycle Assessment of double skin facade technologies for non-domestic refurbishments in the UK

Current Post Grad projects