Professor Darryl Newport
Director, Sustainability Research Institute
Darryl is an environmental scientist specialising in the built environment. His research and policy interests include renewable energy systems, sustainable construction through alternative material use and natural resource management.
Darryl has worked on several major infrastructure projects in London including the 2012 Olympics. He’s also closely involved in the development of the Institute for Sustainability - including the Sustainable Industry Park at Dagenham Dock.
Dr Bamdad Ayati
Bamdad is a material chemist with interests in low-carbon cement chemistry and sustainable construction materials. He has expertise in microstructural and mineralogical analysis of clays and cementitious materials.
Caroline's work focuses on biodiversity and urban green infrastructure (UGI) design. During her PhD research she investigated state of the art measures to maximise the biodiversity value of UGI, with a particular focus on brownfield ecomimicry. Caroline has extensive experience in ecological consultancy and biodiversity monitoring.
Daiva supports SRI staff on key administrative responsibilities and oversees the Institute’s communications activities and website presence.
Daiva graduated with a First Class Honours in Law LLB from UEL, International Tourism Management from London Metropolitan University and has a diploma in event management from King's College London. Daiva runs an event management business - DT Conferences & Events which focuses on fraud prevention and risk mitigation in the banking industry. Daiva is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
Following an undergraduate degree in environmental sciences, including a year working on landscape management at Wicken Fen, Jack joined the SRI as a Research Assistant. Jack is one of the SRI's wetland specialists with a key research focus on peatland conservation and management. He has extensive experience of field-based peatland monitoring and research, and also provides expert support for peatland ecology public inquiries. In an urban context, Jack has experience in urban storm water management and is currently working on the Renfrew Close SuDS monitoring project in partnership with the Environment Agency, Groundwork and Newham Council.
Dr Mike Medas
Senior Research Programme Manager (ARENA)
Mike is a specialist in environmental sustainability, with interests in renewable energy, life-cycle assessment and embodied carbon within the built environment. He also has extensive experience in managing sustainable urban regeneration programmes and delivering models of community-led regeneration across the UK.
Research Office Manager
A UEL graduate, with a masters from the LSE, Naheed promotes and executes UEL’s Research Innovation and Enterprise strategy within the SRI. She assists staff with enhancing the Institute's portfolio and manages the administrative support and development of postgraduate programmes within the SRI.
Dr Paula Vandergert
Sustainability Research Fellow
Paula is an experienced sustainability researcher in both academic and non-academic settings. She is particularly focused on social dimensions of sustainability including adaptive governance. Prior to joining UEL, Paula was senior sustainable design advisor at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, where she managed the Sustainable Places programme. Paula has a PhD from the London School of Economics in which she examined sustainable forest management from a property rights perspective.
With a PhD in Social Anthropology and a background in film, Pauline’s wider interests include sustainability and the relationship between humans and places, particularly in areas of conflict, heritage and tourism. She is now focusing specifically on the socio-cultural impacts of nature in cities and is particularly interested in developing new and alternative methodological approaches.
Head of Environmental Sciences
Richard is an internationally recognised specialist in peatland conservation. He leads on the SRI’s portfolio of research and consultancy for peatland management and conservation and has been responsible for assembling and presenting several key peatland conservation cases and management and monitoring programmes at both national and international level.
Richard joined UEL in 1997 to re-shape and update the University’s conservation degrees and graduates have since gone on to work for conservation agencies in the UK, Mexico and China. Prior to his time at UEL, Richard worked for over 20 years in professional nature conservation.
Dr Stuart Connop
Senior Research Fellow
Specialist in biomimicry/ecomimicry in urban green infrastructure design. Having completed a PhD investigating the habitat requirements of UK Biodiversity Action Plan bumblebee species, Stuart has an active involvement in invertebrate ecology including habitat assessment, design, monitoring and management. His background includes biodiversity and ecosystem service monitoring and the associated data analysis, including the use of spatial analysis and ISIS invertebrate assemblage analysis to quantify habitat quality. Stuart is currently co-Work Package lead on the Greening Public and Private Urban Infrastructure research and innovation component of the EU FP7 project TURAS. Within TURAS Stuart has led and co-delivered research on UGI design and monitoring in partnership with numerous stakeholders including developing scoping programmes for UGI retrofit for social landlords and UGI-focused Local Authority Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems planning guidance. Stuart's research has a strong focus on impact and includes knowledge exchange with Natural England, the Environment Agency and numerous NGOs. Stuart is currently a steering advisor on Buglife's national Urban Buzz programme and sat on the European Commission Working Group for Green Infrastructure. He has recently given presentations on nature-based solutions for the UK Horizon 2020 contact point and at conferences and knowledge exchange events in Brussels, Slovenia and Armenia. Stuart has also provided research and guidance to the European Commission's DG Research & Innovation.
SRI Sponsored PhD Research Students
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.
Completed PhD Students
Completed PhD Students
Umar’s wider interests include Building Information Modelling and construction automation.
Kinga also works in the Centre of Geo Information Studies, UEL on Smart Cities: Promoting Resilience in the London Borough of Newham.
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.
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.
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).
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 range of research projects and industrial consultancy contracts.
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.
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.
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).