Dr Deborah Adkins

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  • Qualifications:MSc Eng, PhD, MIET, SFHEA
  • Position:Wallscourt Fellow in Sustainable Buildings. Senior Lecturer in Building Physics and Sustainability.
  • Department:FET - Architecture and the Built Environment
  • Telephone:+4411732 85156
  • Email:Deborah.Adkins@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Dr Deborah Adkins holds a Wallscourt Fellowship in Sustainable Buildings, within the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, and jointly holds a Senior Lectureship in Building Physics and Sustainability. Deborah’s work sits at the intersection of Engineering, Design and the Built Environment. Her research activity spans all aspects of sustainability from outreach activities to decarbonisation policy. Her focus is on a planet-centred design approach to improving thermal performance, replacing gas heaters; and providing a holistic approach to decarbonising domestic energy. She is currently developing and testing technologies to enhance understanding and uptake of low-carbon heating and retrofitting technologies.

Deborah was a Research Fellow at Imperial College London in the Dyson School of Design Engineering, where she developed the EPSRC funded " Design the Future: HOUSE research project" which appeared as part of events at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum. Deborah was awarded a Techcelerate Fellowship at Imperial College London. An experienced academic, before Imperial College London, Deborah was an Assistant Professor in Building Physics and Course Director of the BEng Architectural Environment Engineering program at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo. Deborah has undertaken a series of senior leadership and professional activities and services throughout her career, including Course Director, Exams Officer, Assessment Committee Member, Member of the Faculty of Engineering Teaching and Learning Committee, and Research Ethics Committee Member. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Deborah gained her PhD from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham while living in and studying the Creative Energy Homes BASF House.

A profile of Deborah's work and career can be found in Building Engineer

Area of expertise

Deborah is the Principal Investigator of several research projects, she manages and is involved in a number of industry research/consultancy projects looking at topics including carbon management, the economic benefits of a human-centred approach to design and design for future living.

Example of research projects include:

  • Working with South Gloucestershire Council and West Sussex Council, on the ADEPT, Live Labs 2 project, Greenprint, Carbon work package.
  • Project lead, British Academy project, AR home heat visualisation for decarbonisation
  • Project lead, EIT Climate KIC Pathfinder, Project Home Performance Labelling Project in partnership with HTA design and BLP, Hurford Salvi Carr, and The Housing Forum to develop an online tool, which assesses the quality and energy performance of homes
  • Design for future living project to challenge thinking in the areas of virtual and augmented reality in the future design of infrastructure
  • PI: Thoughtful Buildings, The Economic Benefits of HCD. Design and UK productivity.


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