Research

This complex and multifaceted challenge involves balancing increasing and different demands from the developed and developing world for energy, improved living standards, health, longevity and wellbeing, with the need to manage the threats of climate change and the depletion or degradation of natural resources and global ecosystems and communities.

Our work is focussed on developing the technologies, policies and strategies, and on providing the evidence to drive the individual and societal behaviour changes needed to make the world more sustainable and engages a diverse range of specialisms at the university including environmental and life sciences, engineering, design, health, social policy, ethics, business and law.

Our research includes work at the global and local level. We work with some of the world’s largest companies and leading international research partners, including IBM, Siemens, ABB, VTT (Finland) and CSTB, The French Scientific and Technical Centre for Building on projects such as the development of measurement and control systems to improve the efficiency and reduce emissions from power stations; the development of planning and management tools to reduce waste and improve efficiency in the Construction Industry; Energy Demand Response for Buildings (DRBOB) and the development of integrated smart grids (inteGRIDy). We also work in the local community, helping people live more sustainably via a Big Lottery funded project, One Planet Middlesbrough.

 

Diverse research questions explored

Examples of some of the diverse research questions explored within this Grand Challenge theme are:

  • How can we mitigate the harmful effects of industrialisation, development and population growth?
  • How can we develop a new generation of technologies that deliver our expectations of heath, wealth and quality of life without damaging or depleting our planet?
  • How do we manage the politics of sustainability, and ensure that the actions needed to deliver it have positive outcomes for all?
  • What will we do when we have exhausted or can no longer exploit our reserves and resources of energy and raw materials?
  • How can we influence the behaviour of individuals, businesses and governments to promote sustainability?
 

Expertise

Our work in this challenge theme draws on and is informed by work and expertise across all parts of the University, which includes amongst others:

Smart buildings and energy infrastructures, clean alternatives to fossils fuel, renewable and sustainable chemicals and material, transport, sustainable manufacturing, food production, waste management, construction, CO2 and pollution reduction, societal attitudes, socio-economic impacts of pollution, climate change and energy poverty, impacts on health and wellbeing, and product design for sustainable consumption.

 

Research leads

 
Dr Maryam Shadman-Pajouh

Dr Maryam Shadman-Pajouh

Dr Shadman-Pajouh joined Teesside University in September 2008 as a part-time Lecturer in International Management whilst pursuing her PhD in Management. In 2013 she was appointed to the full-time position of Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM). She completed her PhD at Teesside University on “The Challenges of Importing Knowledge from Other Cultures: A Case Study of an Iranian Hotel Chain” 2015.

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Professor Gary Montague

Professor Gary Montague

Professor Gary Montague holds the Centre for Process Innovation Chair in Bioprocessing at Teesside University.He led the Biopharmaceutical and Bioprocessing Technology Centre at Newcastle University where he was Professor of Bioprocess Control. He is a chemical engineer with specialist knowledge is biosystems engineering and has considerable experience in working at the academic / industry interface both from a research and training perspective.

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Professor Nash Dawood

Professor Nash Dawood

Professor Nashwan Dawood is a specialist in project construction management and the application of IT in the construction process. This has ranged across a number of research topics including BIM technologies and processes, sustainability, Information Technologies and Systems (5D, VR, Integrated databases), the planning and management of off-site production, risk management, intelligent decision support systems, cost forecasting and control and business processes.

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