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Senior lecturer, Griffith University

Dr Fan Zhang’s research expertise relates to indoor environmental quality (IEQ), occupant comfort and productivity, post-occupancy evaluation (POE), new ways of working & workspace design, and building performance simulation. Her publication track record features papers in the indoor environmental quality, contemporary workspace design and sustainable design & energy efficiency research fields. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed and high-impact international journals and conferences. Dr Zhang has served as a reviewer for the following journals: Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health, Building Research & Information, Indoor Built Environment, Journal of Thermal Biology, Buildings, Energy, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.


  • 2021–2021
    Senior lecturer, Griffith University


  • 2016 
    The University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy


  • 2021
    Building and Environment, How Indoor Environmental Quality Affects Occupants’ Cognitive Functions: a Critical Review
  • 2019
    Applied Energy, Effects of moderate thermal environments on cognitive performance: A multidisciplinary review
  • 2017
    Building and Environment, The effects of higher temperature setpoints during summer on office workers’ cognitive load and thermal comfort
  • 2017
    Indoor Air, University students’ cognitive performance under temperature cycles induced by direct load control events

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Designing offices well
    Chief investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Research Council-Detailed assessor 2020–present
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA, PR204184) 11/2020–present
  • Green Star Accredited Professional—Design & As Built 10/2019–06/2020

Research Areas

  • Building Science And Techniques (120202)
  • Architectural Science And Technology (Incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure And Ecologically Sustainable Design) (120104)
  • Psychology And Cognitive Sciences Not Elsewhere Classified (179999)