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Department of Engineering

Dr Alice Moncaster PhD CEng MICE


Alice Moncaster

Fixed-term Lecturer and Deputy Director IDBE Course

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Sustainable Development

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32628


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Research interests

Alice Moncaster is a lecturer in the Department of Engineering, and Deputy Director of the IDBE post-graduate Masters course. A chartered civil engineer, she has ten years experience as a geotechnical and building structures design engineer before returning to academia. Her research on sustainable construction crosses the boundaries between academia and practice, and incorporates the fields of engineering, architecture and the social sciences. Her focus is on the major reduction of carbon emissions from the built environment, with a particular interest in research at the boundaries between the political, social and technical.

Alice is currently PI on two funded research projects, as well as the UK representative on a major multi-national collaboration. The International Energy Agency Annex 57 “Evaluation of Embodied Energy and Carbon Dioxide Emissions for Building Construction” is a four year (2012-2016) project led by Japan and including participants from fifteen other countries. This builds on her work at the Centre for Sustainable Development from 2010-2012, for which Alice won £180k EPSRC funding as part of a £1.1m industry-academia consortium to develop amethod and tool to calculate whole life embodied energy and carbon.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Alice's research focuses on two main areas within this theme: 1) the technical issues of design and retrofit of buildings - designing in resilience to future climates while minimising whole life carbon impact; and 2) the inter-relationship between the political landscape and the design and construction industry, and the impact this has on sustainable construction outcomes.