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Research interests

Dr Rick Lupton is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath. His work focuses on understanding dynamic systems, ranging in scale from the behaviour of wind turbine blades to global production and consumption of steel, using modelling, data analysis, Bayesian inference and data visualisation. He is particularly interested in the role physical resources play in driving carbon emissions and other environmental impacts, and using data science to identify opportunities to use materials more efficiently. His work aims to inform these issues in a transparent and reproducible way, and he is the author of several open-source software tools and a member of the Industrial Ecology Open Science working group.

Dr Lupton joined the University of Bath in 2019. He previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher with the Use Less Group at the University of Cambridge, on the Foreseer, WholeSEM and Material Demand Reduction projects. His PhD thesis was on frequency-domain modelling of floating offshore wind turbines, developing from experience at GL Garrad Hassan on wind turbine modelling.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Dr Lupton is willing to supervise PhD students in these areas:

  • Systems analysis of carbon emissions, environmental impacts and physical resources
  • Floating wind turbine dynamics
  • Uncertainty and Bayesian inference related to these areas
  • Open Research for environment analysis
  • Data visualisation for climate mitigation opportunities

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

31 Oct 201131 Dec 2014

Award Date: 28 Apr 2015

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Cambridge

1 Jan 201531 Dec 2018

Load Calculations Engineer, GL Garrad Hassan

1 Sep 200930 Jun 2011

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Research Output

Incremental Material Flow Analysis with Bayesian Inference

Lupton, R. C. & Allwood, J. M., 18 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Industrial Ecology. 22, 6, p. 1352-1364 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)

Hybrid Sankey diagrams: Visual analysis of multidimensional data for understanding resource use

Lupton, RC. & Allwood, J. M., 23 May 2017, In : Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 124, p. 141-151 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
23 Citations (Scopus)

How much cement can we do without? Lessons from cement material flows in the UK

Shanks, W., Dunant, C. F., Drewniok, M. P., Lupton, R. C., Serrenho, A. & Allwood, J. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : Resources, Conservation and Recycling. 141, p. 441-454 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
10 Citations (Scopus)

Useful energy balance for the UK: An uncertainty analysis

Paoli, L., Lupton, R. C. & Cullen, J. M., 22 Jun 2018, In : Applied Energy. 228, p. 176-188 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)

Scaling of slow-drift motion with platform size and its importance for floating wind turbines

Lupton, R. C. & Langley, R. S., 1 Feb 2017, In : Renewable Energy. 101, p. 1013-1020 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
6 Citations (Scopus)