Tiziana Susca

tiziana susca

Dr Tiziana Susca

Research Fellow


Dr Tiziana Susca is a research fellow at the Edinburgh Napier University's School of Engineering and The Built Environment (SEBE).

In 2005, Dr Susca earned, at Polytechnic University of Bari, a master's degree in building engineering and in 2011 a Ph.D. in Engineering with a focus on sustainability. During her Ph.D., she was visiting scholar for one year and a half at the Earth Institute’s Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) at Columbia University and at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), a world leading institution in climate research, in New York City. At CCRS and GISS Dr Susca connected the study about the effect of the variation of surface albedo on climate with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology. The output of her research was an innovative methodology to include the effect of the variation of surface albedo in LCA.

In 2012 Dr Susca was a research fellow at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) in Bologna, Italy. Then, she moved to Berlin, where, in 2013, she was a Dahrendorf postdoctoral fellow in the working group "Infrastructures and Climate Change". From 2014 to 2016 Dr Susca was a research associate at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin.

For her research, Dr Susca was awarded with several prizes. Among the others, in 2012, she got a sponsorship from the European Space Agency (ESA) to present her research at NASA’s International Workshop on Environmental and Alternative Energy held in Greenbelt, Maryland (USA). The same year, Dr Susca received the Young Research Scientist Award issued by the Environmental Urban Pollution conference (Elsevier) in Amsterdam.

Dr Susca is available to tutor PhD students keen to conduct research in the fields of urban and building sustainability.


Invited Speaker

  • Life Cycle Assessment Applied to the Urban Scale: Evaluation of the Effect of the New York City Increase in Rooftop Albedo on Human Health
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Conducted Seminar. Evaluation of the Effects of Surface Albedo in a LCA Multi-scale
  • Lecturer. Energetic and Environmental Sustainability Auditors
  • Conducted seminar. The Contribution of the Albedo in Life Cycle Assessment
  • Conducted seminar. The Contribution of the Albedo in the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Three Roofs


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of the Professional Body of Engineers, Italy
  • Member. RESURBE Program
  • Member. Italian Society for Climate Sciences (SISC)
  • Member. Urban Climate Change Research Network
  • Member. COST 0902 Action
  • Member. LCA Italian Network


Fellowships and Awards

  • European Space Agency (ESA) Sponsorship
  • Young Research Scientist Award
  • Three-year Ph.D. Scholarship
  • Nomination for the Best Paper Award
  • Ten-best Graduate Student Grant


Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Researcher at Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Berlin, Germany
  • Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's Center for Climate and Systems Research in New York City, New York, USA
  • Visiting Scholar at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, New York, USA



  • Reviewing activity for "Journal of Cleaner Production", Elsevier
  • Reviewing Actiity for "Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments", Elsevier
  • Reviewing Activity for "Environemental Research Letters" IOPScience
  • Reviewing Activity for "Frontiers"
  • Reviewing Activity for "Journal of Industrial Ecology" Wiley Online Library
  • Reviewing Activity for "Stustainability", MDPI
  • Reviewing Activity for "Building and Environment", Elsevier
  • Reviewing Activity fo "Sustainable Cities and Society", Elsevier
  • Reviewing Activity for "Urban Forest & Urban Greening", Elsevier
  • Reviewing Activity for "Applied Energy", Elsevier
  • REviewing Activity for "Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture", David Publishing Company
  • Referee for the conference "ICES 2014"
  • Rewieving activity for "Urban Forestry and Urban Greening", Elsevier


Conference Activity

  • Scientific committee member for "PLEA 2018"
  • Scientific committee member for "PLEA 2017"
  • Scientific committee member for "“SB-LAB 2017 International Conference on Advances on Sustainable Cities and Buildings Development”


Media Activity

  • Blogger: AESOP Young Academic Network
  • Blogger: "The Marvelpous Planet"
  • Making cities cooler is a no brainer – so why are we doing so little about it?
  • Swarming Landscape - the art of designing for climate adaptation
  • Designing roofs in European cities to reflect more solar energy would help prevent climate change, at little to no extra cost


External Examining/Validations

  • Feedback Stakeholder. Road testing organizational life cycle assessment around the world Applications, experiences and lessons learned. UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative
  • Agenda Member. Global Guidance on Environmental LCIA Indicators. Global Warming Task Force. UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative
  • Feedback Stakeholder. Organizational life cycle assessment - Guidance for organizations to conduct LCA considering their value chain. LCA of Organizations Task Force. UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative


Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Tutor. Architecture and Urban Planning II and Studio
  • Tutor. Architecture and Urban Planning I and Studio