Dr Deborah Adkins

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

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.

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 the economic benefits of a human-centred approach to design and design for future living, and publishes widely on these topics.

Prior to this, 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 a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Building Physics and Course Director of the BEng Architectural Environment Engineering program at Nottingham, Ningbo. During her time at the University of Nottingham, she led courses and undertook extensive undergraduate and postgraduate supervision. Deborah also undertook a number of senior professional activities and services at the University of Nottingham, 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 in Photovoltaic Concentration from the University of Nottingham while living in and studying the Creative Energy Homes BASF House.

Area of expertise

Deborah's research is focused on novel approaches and immersive engagement technologies and experiences to support the decarbonisation of the building stock. She is currently developing and testing immersive technologies to enhance understanding and uptake of low-carbon heating and retrofitting technologies.

PhD position: Dr Adkins is seeking a driven PhD student, who would like to be involved in developing and testing immersive technologies to enhance understanding and uptake of low-carbon heating and retrofitting technologies.


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