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Research interests

Dr Rick Lupton works 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, including through the development of several open-source software tools.

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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, Frequency-domain modelling of floating wind turbines, 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 Sept 200930 Jun 2011


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