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For over a decade I have led an extensive programme of research, founded on intimate collaboration with researchers from health and other disciplines, which has sought to understand the complex relationship between the built environment and human well-being. Much of this has been developed through close partnership (over 10 collaborative projects) with Paul Wilkinson, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Through such transdisciplinary research, I have developed a highly productive, multi-skilled team which has sought innovation and stakeholder participation in responding to the world’s urban health challenges. We have pioneered methods developments, specifically in the modelling of health impacts and in the application of system dynamics approaches to the co-generation of research in this field. We have helped articulate the multiple underpinning connections and opportunities for healthy sustainable development.
I am currently PI of the EPSRC Platform Grant which funds the Complex Built Environment Systems group at UCL – a form of strategic grant awarded only to ”world leading” centres – and also of the EPSRC Total Performance of Low Carbon Buildings in China and the UK project. In all, I have been PI or Co-I on 50 research projects.