My research interests have a heavy focus on environmental sustainability and working towards carbon neutrality; specifically life cycle assessment, environmental modelling, sustainable development, and embodied carbon.
I recently completed my PhD which focused on the thermal and environmental performance of solar water heaters in a Scottish climate. This work aimed to quantify the embodied and operational environmental impacts of a novel solar water heater design across the whole life cycle. I developed my knowledge in this area and gained research skills and experience throughout the course of my PhD.
I have contributed to several academic and industry funded research projects, notably an EPSRC-funded project which aimed to quantify the whole life carbon impacts of different urban typologies to determine the most sustainable option to accommodate growing populations. This project acknowledged the importance of health and wellbeing in cities and the need to consider the three pillars of sustainability; economy, society and environment. After the publication of this work in npj Urban Sustainability, it has gained significant media traction.
Through an industry-academia collaboration with Zero Waste Scotland I made significant contributions to a piece of work that aims to quantify the whole life impacts of Scotland’s waste, driven by a circular economy ethos. By approaching waste in terms of production and consumption cycles, we can highlight and address the significant impact of upstream processes to reduce downstream waste and promote a regenerative economy. The output of this work is a waste environmental footprinting tool aligned with SEPA and EU European Waste Catalogue categories to help understand the holistic life cycle impacts of the countries waste.