Ximena Alexandra Chamorro Bolaaos
Ximena holds a BSc in Chemistry and an MSc in Water, Waste and Environmental Engineering. She has a professional background in Environmental Chemistry and research experience in sanitation and reuse of waste materials. Ximena is currently developing her doctoral research on the assessment of different treatments for air pollution control residues (APCr) coming from municipal solid waste (MSW) incineration, so that these residues can be used as raw material in the manufacture of lightweight aggregates (LWA). This PhD project is a partnership between the SRI and Augean PLC, which is a market leader in waste management solutions in the UK.
Ria Devereux has a BSc in Marine Biology and an MSc in Marine Science with a strong interest in plastic pollution. She started her research at the SRI in 2019 investigating microplastic abundance along the tidal section of the River Thames. Ria is aiming to highlight the contamination of water in the River Thames by microplastics and yield valuable information which may be used to help removal of plastic waste.
Jerushah's PhD research uses aerial photographs to identify areas where there has been surface-pattern change in peat bogs, possibly as a result of human induced pressures. Jerusha is analysing these peat samples to better understand the mechanisms of such pattern change. It is anticipated that this information will provide indicators of habitat change and possible impairment of ecosystem services.
Jerushah is a trained teacher with a professional background in physical geography and science education outreach. She has also worked as a guest lecturer on the geography and environmental science programmes at the University of Greenwich. Jerushah recently graduated with an MSc by Research from the University of Greenwich Natural Resources Institute and is a fellow of the Geological Society of London.
Shaherah Jordan's PhD research explores the role of cultural attitudes to money as a factor in electric vehicle (EV) adoption in London. Her research aims to encourage diversity and inclusion in environmental and sustainability policy.
Stephanie Skipp began studying for her PhD in insect ecology in 2019. Her project focusses mainly on the beetles that specialise upon decaying-wood habitats within broadleaved veteran trees. Many of these species are uncommon and further threatened by habitat loss in the future. Stephanie is researching the extent to which decreasing habitat connectivity may impact these beetles. Furthermore, she is experimenting with artificial habitat boxes that could constitute short-term solutions to this problem, with the aim of keeping populations alive while forest deadwood stocks are regenerated.
Michael James Wood
Michael has an undergraduate degree in environmental science, and a masters degree in GIS and remote sensing. He is currently undertaking research into the perceptions of noise pollution in the urban environment and its effects on the well-being of the local population. His research involves exploring how perceptions of noise can affect those people who live within a short distance of major road transport hubs, and how their wellbeing can be improved. Michael is engaging with citizen groups and local authorities and using GIS analysis with an emphasis on planning, practices and policies.
Bamdad completed his PhD in Sustainable Development and the Environment in 2018. His research investigated the manufacture of lightweight aggregates from drill cuttings waste that is produced by the oil and gas industry in the North Sea and showed this to be a viable reuse application for large volumes of drill cuttings that are disposed of in landfills every year.
Having completed an MSc in Civil Engineering, Umar's PhD thesis is to develop a mathematical model of the pan pelletisation process and to formulate cold bonded pellets using Air Pollution Control Residues (APCr). Umar's PhD is a collaboration with Augean Plc - a sector leader in modernising hazardous waste management practice.
Umar's wider interests include Building Information Modelling and construction automation.
James is an entomologist and started his research at UEL in September 2014. His research focuses on brownfield invertebrate conservation in Essex and London, particularly managing succession and creating new habitat features. Prior to his time at UEL, James worked for Natural England, the RSPB and Reading University as a botanist and invertebrate ecologist.
Kinga's research investigates the properties of novel extensive green roof construction materials and the resultant hydrological functions. Her aim is to develop appropriate guidelines for multifunctional green roof design in the UK.
Kinga also works in the Centre of Geo Information Studies, UEL on Smart Cities: Promoting Resilience in the London Borough of Newham.
Dr Helen Bailey
Helen has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby since 2015. Helen is also Managing Director at The Driven Company Associates Limited. The Driven Company supports asset owners, clients and contractors with the development of engineered solutions in highways materials design, production, specification and installation through the provision of advice and technical expertise. Its mission is to remove barriers to drive ahead quality and value; enhancing management, operations and asset creation.
Prof Allan J Brimicombe, Head of Centre for Geo-Information Studies at UEL
Allan's research interests include issues of data quality; the coupling of GIS and numerical simulation modelling for decision support; spatial data mining, analysis and visualisation; mobile systems and location-based services (LBS).
These have been applied to crime, health, education, natural hazards, utilities and business. Recently he has been working on the Olympic Games Impact Study for the London 2012 Games. Commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council, this work is mandated by the IOC and is the first for a summer Games.
He has published over 90 academic papers and is the author of 'GIS, Environmental Modelling and Engineering' (Taylor & Francis, 2nd Edition, 2010) and 'Location-Based Services and Geo-Information Engineering' (Wiley, 2009).
Alan's areas of expertise covers material technology, the theory of architectural conservation design, and community engagement. Alan's work on earthen architecture at UEL was presented at the International Conference on non-conventional materials and technologies (NOCMAT) at Bath University in September 2009 and published in the American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture.
As part of establishing the research into tensile construction techniques, the work has been featured in the RIBA Journal, the Architects Journal, Architectural Research Quarterly and Building Design, as well as in a number of publications on concrete and materiality in architecture.
Prof Chris Cheeseman
Chris Cheeseman joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in 1990 This followed periods in industry with Redland Technology, Morgan Materials Technology and Morgan Matroc. He has a DPhil from Oxford University (high temperature properties of ceramics) and BSc in Physics and Materials Science from the University of Warwick.
Chris is Professor of Materials Resources Engineering and the leader of a major research group working on the beneficial reuse of waste materials and resource efficiency within the Environmental and Water Resource Engineering (EWRE) Section. He is also the Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Civil Engineering.
The focus of his research is on sustainable use of materials, waste management and resource efficiency. The emphasis of waste management research has changed from safe disposal to the beneficial reuse of materials and wastes as resources. This type of interdisciplinary research falls between the more traditional fields of environmental engineering, materials processing, waste recycling and civil engineering and involves collaboration with both industry and other researchers at Imperial and beyond.
Dr Anca Ciupala
Anca is a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering with the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering.
She obtained her MEng degree in Civil Engineering in 1991 and her doctoral degree in Earthquake Engineering and Safety of Structures in 1999 from the Technical University "Gh. Asachi" Iasi, Romania. After spending 10 years in the industry and academia in Romania, Anca was awarded an EU Marie Curie Research Fellowship (FP5) at the University of Sheffield (2001-2003) and then joined the University of East London as a Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering in 2003.
Anca's main research interests are in the fields of Structural Engineering and Sustainability in the Built Environment where she has led and participated in a range of research projects and industrial consultancy contracts.
Dr Marcus J Collier
Marcus is a Senior Research Fellow and the co-ordinator of the UCD led EU FP7 TURAS project (Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability). Marcus' research interests focus on the complex and fascinating interface between social and ecological systems, and his PhD research concentrated on damaged landscapes, resilience planning and collaborative processes.
His main areas of expertise are in interdisciplinary research, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, social-ecological interfaces, resilience and vulnerability, landscape and restoration ecology, environmental policies, rural geography, governance and community outreach as well as writing and presentation skills.
Marcus began his post-doctoral research in Teagasc, with funding from the EPA (STRIVE), examining the potential impacts of genetically modified crops on biodiversity and the landscape. He then continued his post-doctoral research with University College Cork / Environmental Research Institute.
At the Coastal and Marine Research Centre Marcus worked as a Sustainability Scientist and as a member and work package leader on several international research teams (Funded by the Marine Institute, INTERREG, ESPON and FP7).
Dr Jon Green
Jon Green graduated from the University of Portsmouth and holds a PhD from Writtle Agricultural College on "Cryopreservation of Ribes nigrum utilizing field grown and in vitro material for genetic conservation".
Jon is currently leading a collaborative project between the University of Freiburg and the company Qfood Gmbh investigating food and drink quality using capture and release polymer technology.
He is a visiting researcher with the SRI and works with the University of Chongqing, China and the company RTAL (HK) Ltd. to develop lightweight aggregate from waste materials.
Armor is an architect, researcher and maker, interested in how innovation through sustainability can have a positive impact in our built environment. Prior to joining the University of East London as a Senior Lecturer, he gained extensive professional experience working for some of the world's most distinguished architecture firms such as Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen, MVRDV in Rotterdam, or KPF in London, where he attained the level of Associate Principal.
In 2015 he co-founded Atelier La Juntana, a workshop exploring architecture, design and creative fabrication through sustainable making. As part of this exploration he organises, in collaboration with Madrid Polytechnic University of Architecture, a summer school which welcomes international students each edition sharing a common interest on the topic of sustainable materials and critical making.
Since 2017, he has run the design studio Unit 8 at MArch, Master in Architecture at the University of East London. Armor's students have engaged with a number of community-led organisations and assisted them with implementing sustainable solutions to their design schemes, including innovative solutions for floating communities in the Royal Docks in collaboration with Babylon Blue, and pioneering material prototypes using byproducts from sugar cane in collaboration with Tate & Lyle. The unit students have been shortlisted in several occasion for RIBA awards, including the RIBA Silver Medal Nomination 2019 and 2021, the RIBA Dissertation Medal 2020 and the RIBA East Prize Skin thinking-Detail award 2020.
Dr Amin Hosseinian-Far
Dr Amin Hosseinian-Far holds the position of Senior Lecturer & Deputy Subject Leader in Business Systems and Operations at the University of Northampton. In his previous teaching experience, Amin was a Staff Tutor at the Open University, and prior to that a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader at Leeds Beckett University. He has held lecturing and research positions at the University of East London, and at a number of private HE institutions and strategy research firms.
Dr Hosseinian-Far has also worked as Deputy Director of Studies at a large private higher education institute in London. Dr Hosseinian-Far received his BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems from the University of East London, an MSc degree in Satellite Communications and Space Systems from the University of Sussex, a Postgraduate Certificate in Research and a PhD degree titled 'A Systemic Approach to an Enhanced Model for Sustainability' which he acquired from the University of East London.
Amin holds Membership of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), and Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He is also founding editor and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Strategic Engineering (IJoSE).
Ajay is currently working with the SRI to develop our research commercialisation strategy. Ajay was previously a director at the Institute for Sustainability where he oversaw the development and delivery of projects and programmes across the circular economy, buildings retrofit, sustainable behaviours and demand-led climate innovation.
Ajay led London's Science and Industry Council at the London Development Agency - supporting business-university collaborations and promoting the city's life science, design and environmental technology base. Ajay's early career was spent in the broadcasting and media sectors – where he managed the launch of a range of new digital services. He holds a Masters in Urban Regeneration from the University of Westminster.
Rosa is an architect, researcher and curator working as a Programme Director at the London Festival of Architecture. Rosa's work shares the fundamental premise that architecture is a public concern, with the specific aim of increasing public awareness about the role of architecture and sustainable design in contemporary society.
Since 2017, she has run the design studio Unit 8 at MArch, Master in Architecture at the University of East London. Rosa's students have engaged with a number of community-led organisations and assisted them with implementing sustainable solutions to their design schemes, including innovative solutions for floating communities in the Royal Docks in collaboration with Babylon Blue, and pioneering material prototypes using byproducts from sugar cane in collaboration with Tate & Lyle. The unit students have been shortlisted in several occasion for RIBA awards, including the RIBA Silver Medal Nomination 2019 and 2021, the RIBA Dissertation Medal 2020 and the RIBA East Prize Skin thinking-Detail award 2020.
Ian Short was appointed Interim CEO of Climate-KIC in January 2016 and tasked with implementing Climate-KIC's new structures, strategies and teams to enable the organisation to achieve its potential. Ian was previously Chief Executive of the Institute for Sustainability – an independent charity established to pilot and trial systemic solutions for sustainable cities and communities.
Previously, Ian was Deputy Chief Executive at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC), a public/private regeneration agency in east London, which he helped establish in 2005. While in this role, Ian led development of the Institute for Sustainability from original concept through to fully operational charitable organisation in just over two years.
Dr Renée Tobe
Dr Renée Tobe is a Reader in Architecture. She has been awarded a Paul Mellon Research Fellowship at the British School in Rome (2018) and a Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities at Edinburgh University (2014). Prior to entering academia, she was in professional practice for 10 years, previous to which she studied at the Architectural Association, Cornell University and Ryerson University where she trained in sustainable building technology. You can read more about Dr Renée Tobe here.