Research Fellow, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast

Dr. Andrew Jenkins is a research fellow at Queen's University Belfast with a passion for closed-loop urbanism and sustainable design. He searches for holistic solutions to the growing number of challenges that face cities as a result of linear economies and growing populations. Typically, this manifests as carefully considered design solutions focusing on the interconnections between food, water and energy; also known as the food, water and energy nexus.

Dr. Jenkins believes that only by addressing and mediating the different economic and social drivers of the nexus within cities can we start to move towards circular economies; a method by which waste products are utilised as inputs to new material flows. A circular approach to design and urbanism will help to slow and ultimately reverse ecological damage, whilst generating capital and creating jobs, so as to provide a better interface between nature and technology.

Andrew’s core aim is to make the built environment better for those that engage with it on a daily basis, by making cities healthier, happier, and more engaging places to live and work as a result of ecologically sound urban design.

Experience

  • 2018–present
    Research fellow, Queen's University Belfast
  • 2017–2018
    Part 2 Architectural Assistant, 74 Architects
  • 2016–2017
    Research Assistant, Queen's University Belfast
  • 2014–2016
    Part 2 Architectural Assistant, Keppie Design
  • 2008–2009
    Part 1 Architectural Assistant, Above and Beyond

Education

  • 2018 
    Queen's University Belfast, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2012 
    Leeds Metropolitan University , Master of Arts
  • 2011 
    Leeds Metropolitan University , Postgraduate Diploma
  • 2008 
    Leeds Metropolitan University , Undergraduate Degree

Publications

  • 2018
    Building Integrated Technical Food Systems, Queen's University Belfast
  • 2017
    The Integration of Urban Agriculture and the Socio-economic Landscape of Future Cities, Design to Thrive: PLEA Proceedings 2017
  • 2015
    Planning Food Production into Today’s Cities, Future of Food: Journal on Food Agriculture and Society
  • 2014
    Facade Farm: Solar Mediation Through Food Production, Proceedings of the Eurosun 2014: International Conference on Solar Energy and Buildings