Research Team


Professor david coley

Principal Investigator. Professor of Low Carbon Design, Director of the Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments (EDEn) and Director of the Building Research Park in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at Bath. His main research interests are in finding out why people, buildings and cities use energy and how little they could use. He has worked extensively with commercial companies in the built environment including Corus (Tata), Mowlem, Carillion, Bam, NPS, and with local authorities. He was the driving force behind the UK‘s first major zero-carbon Passivhaus building.


Dr jason hart

Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Development, Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath and Research Associate at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. He has nearly twenty years’ experience of research with refugees in the Middle East, South Asia and East Africa. This includes 18 months’ of doctoral fieldwork living in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan. He has been employed as a researcher, adviser, author and trainer by organisations that include UNICEF, Save the Children, Care International, USAID, the Canadian International Development Agency, and Plan International. 

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Dr kemi adeyeye

Associate Professor in Integrated Design. She co-leads the Water Awareness and Human Behaviour theme at the university’s Water Innovation Research Centre.

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Dr Alex Copping

Senior Lecturer in Construction Project Management. His research revolves around the relationship between project complexity and management methodologies.

Dr Esra Burat

Lecturer in the Faculty of Architecture at Mersin University Turkey with a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the lessons we can learn from historic materials and architecture.



Dr Dima Albadra

Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. Graduated in 2016 with a PhD in naturally ventilated buildings in hot climates; her research involved the monitoring of low-energy buildings in Jordan and Lebanon and developed a new bio-climatic zoning for the region.


Alejandra Acevedo de los Ríos

Architect (Universidad Ricardo Palma). Master of Science candidate with a mention in Housing by the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. Partner in the Acevedo – Lira Arquitectos studio since 2003. Co-author of the Architecture Catalog of the Modern Movement Peru (CAMMP). Full-time professor and researcher of the Architecture Degree at the University of Lima.



Daniel Fosas 

Postgraduate researcher. His research focuses on overheating in the built environment, particularly in its simulation, evaluation methods, assessment of building features and thermal stress of occupants.


DR richard ball

Reader in Civil Engineering. Research focuses on micro - macrostructure relationships in a range of materials including polymers, metals, composites and ceramics. 


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Dr Sukumar Natarajan

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Design. His research investigates indoor thermal comfort, carbon emissions, building energy modelling, smart metering interfaces and the impact of buildings on occupants. 


Dr Omar Hasan

Lecturer at Princess Sumaya University for Technology with a PhD from New Mexico State University. His research focuses on wireless systems, and will be critical in the camp monitoring.





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Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. She is an anthropologist and has over ten years' experience of work with migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, Malta, Ethiopia and Djibouti. Natalia has a Masters degree in Refugee Studies from the University of East London and a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Brighton.


Noorullah Kuchai 

A trained civil engineer with MSc in construction management, Noorullah has worked for five years with UNHCR in the most challenging environments delivering humanitarian assistance such as shelters, community access roads, and other reintegration projects for displaced people. His current research is about constructing a building physics tool and testing it in refugee camps, which will be used to design better shelters for the displaced people.



Dr Calabria-Holley

Lecturer in Civil Engineering. Links architecture and materials science by focusing on natural and cementitious building materials.


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Dr John Orr

Lecturer in Civil Engineering. His research focuses on the lightweighting of concrete structures and novel analytical, optimisation and construction methods.



Dr Omaimah Al-Arja

Lecturer in the School of Architecture, German Jordanian University with a PhD from St. Petersburg State University. Her research focuses on building sciences, acoustics and energy efficiency. 




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Dr Francis Moran

Lecturer in Low Carbon Design. MSc Renewables in the Built Environment. BSc Construction. Francis develops experiment research techniques centred on minimising the energy use of buildings,  performance of insulating  construction materials and techniques to improve indoor air quality. Research themes:  Building Energy, Low Carbon Design and High performance insulating materials.


Daniel R. Rondinel Oviedo

Master’s in architecture from Cornell University. Fulbright Scholarship. Architect, Universidad Ricardo Palma. Winner category 7 - Biennial of Architecture Peru. Researcher and lecturer at the University of Lima. Sustainability Consultant.