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Successful candidates to a PhD will be allocated a primary supervisor and a secondary supervisor to guide and support your research. Our overall aim is to provide careful, sympathetic and expert supervision from active researchers.

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Supervisors and research topics

Supervisor Research interests
Dr Emma Cheatle Critical-creative spatial theory and ficto-critical writing; Feminist and de-colonial theory, practice and pedagogy; Urban common land; Health and maternity architecture; Modernist art and architecture; Interdisciplinary topics between art architecture and literature
Dr Wen-Shao Chang Timber Engineering, Bamboo Engineering, Structural Materials, Building Conservation, Earthquake Engineering, Structural Control
Professor Steve Fotios Research in lighting for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists; research methods for visual psychophysics.
Professor Karim Hadjri Inclusive/age-friendly design; Ageing-in-place: accessible design; Design for health and wellbeing; Design of dementia-friendly environments; Design of enabling environments.
Dr Luis Hernan

Internet of Things; Digital domesticity; Biodesign; Emergent Materials; Object Oriented Ontology; New Materialsm; Philosophy of Design/Design Philosophy; Research through Design.

Dr Krzysztof Nawratek Post-capitalist city (crisis of neoliberal city model), Post-secular urban theory (city and religions), Urban Re-industrialisation
Dr Catalina Mejía Moreno Feminist, decolonial and anticolonial theory, practice and pedagogy; Creative and interdisciplinary research between art, media and architecture; Spatial practices and discourses of power and resistance; Minor and subaltern architectures; Social and environmental inequality and conflict; Modernity, politics and architecture with an emphasis on architectures and the south and transcontinental and transatlantic flows and networks.
Dr Chengzhi Peng Morphological descriptors/predictors in urban microclimate simulation of neighbourhood planning and building design; Modelling environmental stress vulnerability of a city’s building stocks (e.g., dwelling, cultural heritage, healthcare, industrial etc.) in future climate to inform sustainable stock management
Professor Doina Petrescu Feminist theory and practice, participation in architecture, contemporary theory, politics and poetics of space, activist praxis and education, culture and resilience.
Dr Xiang Ren Architectural history and theory of 20th century, Modernism and after; Social and cultural anthropological studies of building and settlement; Vernacular, participative and socially-engaged architecture; Rapid urbanism and traditional villages; Architectural disciplinarily viable knowledge production and dissemination; Architectural research practice and design research
Professor Darren Robinson Statistical modelling of peoples’ presence, activities, comfort and behaviours; Multi-agent stochastic simulation, integrating the statistical models with complementary representations of agents’ decisions; Solar radiation and daylight modelling in the urban context; Urban energy simulation; Integrated modelling of the spatial structures and functioning of urban systems.
Dr Sally Shahzad Personal Comfort Systems (PCS); Thermal comfort; Environmental control; User behaviour; Energy efficiency; Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE); Healthy buildings; Ventilation strategies; Sustainable architecture; Low carbon design.
Professor Renata Tyszczuk The contemporary city, experimental practice, reframing sustainability.
Dr Jim Uttley Behaviour in the built environment; Light and lighting; Active travel within the built environment; Road safety; Behavioural research methods; Visual behaviour within the built environment
Dr Tsung-Hsien Wang Performance-driven design process, geometry construction and optimisation, cloud-based computing for interactive/real-time building information modelling and visualisation, information interoperation for building performance simulation and sustainability evaluation.
Dr Parag Wate Procedural Building and Urban scale modelling; Building and Urban Energy Simulation; Parametric programming and computation for Simulation; Data-driven methods for Sustainable Built Environment; Uncertainty Quantification in Building and Urban performance prediction.