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Nick McCullen is a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.  He is interested in how the complex interactions between the various components, such as buildings, technology, the environment, and people, result in the energy consumption of the built environment.

Nick gained his undergraduate Master’s degree in Physics at the University of Manchester. He spent two years teaching English in rural Japan on the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) programme before returning for his PhD in the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics. On this he researched chaotic phenomena in coupled oscillators, with application to many complex behaviours arising from the interactions between simple systems. One application of the research was sensitive signal detection, related to the resonant coupling of oscillations found in insect hearing.

Nick's first post-doctoral research position was at the University of Bath, investigating electrical network models of composite materials in the Bath Institute for Complex Systems.This involved modelling the microstructure of these materials as many individual elements coupled via a network of interactions between them, to understand the macroscopic, system level 'emergent properties' observed in physical experiments.

This line of research led him to the University of Leeds as part of the multi-disciplinary project Future energy decision—making for cities: Can complexity science rise to the challenge. Nick's work involved mathematical and computational modelling of the influence of various factors affecting the uptake of energy efficiency innovations by individual households in a city, including the influence of peers via their personal social network.

Research

Nick is currently involved in research proposals related to the modelling of the vastly complex city energy systems and end users to better understand energy use in cities and homes.

A part of this is working out what measures will be necessary to address the twin challenge of making cities capable of both remaining habitable by adapting to the possible effects of future climate change, and also mitigating further change by providing the energy needs of their citizens more sustainably.

Teaching interests

Low Carbon Design

Willing to supervise PhD

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Energy use in buildings and cities
  • Complex interactions and behaviours involved in energy consumption
  • Distributed generation in cities 

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Projects 2013 2022

International Research Initiator Scheme - “Smart and comfortable”: low-carbon buildings of the future.

Natarajan, S., Padget, J., McCullen, N. & Kershaw, T.

25/07/1629/07/16

Project: Research-related fundingInternational Relations Office Funding

Engineers
Time series
Construction industry
Climate change
Hot Temperature

Research Output 2006 2017

Characterizing the relationship between energy and urban form using data, scaling and combined metrics

Osório, B. M. D. S., Nov 2017

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Open Access
File
energy use
typology
land use
energy
human behavior

Integrating the energy costs of urban transport and buildings

Osorio, B., McCullen, N., Walker, I. & Coley, D., 1 Jul 2017, In : Sustainable Cities and Society. 32, 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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urban transport
building
Energy utilization
energy use
energy

SENSING AND SENSABILITY: THE CASE FOR LOW-COST ENVIRONMENTAL SENSORS

McCullen, N., Russell, C., Vellei, M., Wismayer, A., Lovett, T., Thomas, E., Natarajan, S., Brown, M. & Padget, J., 7 Dec 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Retrofitting
Sensors
Printed circuit boards
Energy efficiency
Costs

The Influence of Urban Climate on Building Energy Use

Gunawardena, K., Kershaw, T. & McCullen, N., 7 Dec 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

1 Citations

Understanding the anomalous frequency responses of composite materials using very large random resistor-capacitor networks

Aouaichia, M., McCullen, N., Bowen, C., Almond, D., Budd, C. & Bouamrane, R., 8 Mar 2017, In : European Physical Journal B. 90, 3, 39.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
resistors
Resistors
frequency response
Frequency response
capacitors