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.