Dr Abigail Hathway

Abigail Hathway

Senior Lecturer

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5702
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
Email: a.hathway@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: D108


PhD University of Leeds; MEng University of Leeds


Abigail’s research focuses on fluid flow in the built environment, incorporating building simulation, particularly CFD, with experimental and field work.

Her PhD considered CFD modelling of bioaerosols released in hospital environments due to nursing activities and was completed at the University of Leeds. The research involved the combination of both airflow modelling with bio-aerosol experiments and field sampling. The role of human activity on indoor air continues to be an active research interest, and has developed to consider a variety of built environments, and is often developed through interdisciplinary collaboration. Her main interest is in the interactions of people with their building and the resulting impacts on air flow across the building envelope and between interior spaces. Such research is important for understanding indoor air quality and the transport of contaminants in indoor spaces, as well as the evaluating the true potential for natural ventilation in buildings.

Further research into urban microclimates complements the indoor air research by considering the role of urban design on pedestrian comfort and the implications for the fresh air entering buildings.


  • 2012: EPSRC First grant award. Quantifying the human induced ventilation of buildings
  • 2012: EPSRC equipment for early career researchers: Building monitoring equipment
  • 2011: Schneider Electric: PhD studentship – Machine learning for improved control of natural ventilation

Selected Publications

Journal articles