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Research interests

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering and Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainability (IfS) at the University of Bath.

My research and teaching focus on measuring sustainability in design, engineering and decision making. This is essential to help people achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of the Sustainable Systems theme of the IfS, my group and I use life cycle assessment (LCA) to reduce environmental footprints. We work in a variety of sectors including materials, construction, energy and manufacturing.

With experience in industry and Parliament, I am keen on collaboration across sectors to shape our research and to maximise its value.  Following a PhD and research contract in mechanical engineering (life cycle energy and carbon analysis of energy supply to buildings; 2006-09), I joined the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology as POST's energy adviser.  POST provides impartial and accessible research to Parliament, and I was also seconded to Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change.  During 2012-18 I was a senior associate at Sustain Ltd (now Anthesis) and then director at Circular Ecology (which maintains the ICE Embodied Carbon Database).  We helped companies with combined turnovers of greater than £10bn to measure and reduce their environmental footprint. Prior to 2006, I worked as an engineer in remote parts of Canada and Mexico, designing and building equipment and accommodation for ecological field research.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Sustainable materials
  • Sustainable energy technologies
  • Sustainable manufacturing

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Expert member of Committee on Life Cycle Assessment, British Standards Institute

2021 → …

Member of Engineering EC Forum, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


Director, Circular Ecology Ltd.


Senior Associate, Sustain Ltd


Scientific Adviser - Energy, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Research Officer, SUPERGEN Highly Distributed Power Systems, University of Bath


Engineer (Canada and Mexico), Coastal Ecosystems Research Foundation



  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Sustainable energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat transfer
  • Carbon footprinting
  • Energy analysis
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Embodied energy and carbon
  • Building performance analysis


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