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Centre for Sustainable Development

Est 2000 - home of the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

After 15 years of working in the construction and engineering sectors in the UK, Ecuador and Hong Kong, Amie returned to academia to contribute to furthering research in the important area of sustainable engineering. Her time in practice saw her work on construction sites within a design and build and construction management environment for nine years - mainly in London on commercial and retail projects, and six years within senior management of organisations (Head of Sustainability for Sir Robert McAlpine and Global Director of Sustainability for Cundall LLP), entailing business wide strategy development and roll out. She is the founder and Director of her own consultancy, Shuttleworth Waite Limited, and has delivered projects for the likes of Hong Kong International Airport on Climate Change impacts. She is also a mother and wife - with family very much being of central importance to her. 


Research interests

Amie has 15 years of industry experience in both contracting (Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd) and consulting (Cundall). Her research interests lie in how Net Zero Carbon and adaptation concepts can be applied in decision making associated with the built environment system. 

Her previous research has been in the field of embodied impacts of materials within buildings, with a focus of the use of technology such as BIM to enable the integration of information for decision making. 

The intention of Amie's PhD research is to understand how the building sector can create a meaningful balance between climate mitigation and climate change adaptation. The aim is to improve the ability of investors, developers, engineers and other key decision-makers to deliver projects that address both mitigation and adaptation aspects. This research could also contribute to our overall understanding of how to better integrate sustainability decisions within the complex real estate sector.


Strategic themes  Complex, resilient and intelligent systems

Development of a conceptual framework that assists engineers and stakeholders to understand which principles of Net Zero Carbon and adaptation are appropriate for coming to decisions for new and existing buildings. 

PhD Working Title: Net zero adaptation for the building sector

The ambition of the research is to explore how the building sector responds to both climate mitigation and climate change adaptation concerns in a balanced way, as only focusing on one of these areas in isolation may have negative ramifications for the other.

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Amie Shuttleworth

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