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Dr Alice Moncaster PhD CEng MICE


Alice Moncaster

Fixed-term Lecturer and Deputy Director IDBE Course

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Structures


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Research interests

Alice Moncaster is currently Director of the IDBE post-graduate Masters course at the Departments of Engineering and Architecture. She is a chartered engineer who has worked for ten years in industry as a geotechnical and building structures design engineer. Her research on sustainable construction crosses the boundaries between academia and practice, and incorporates the fields of engineering, architecture and the social sciences. She is particularly fascinated by the 'wicked' socio-technical nature of reducing carbon emissions from the built environment.

A current main strand of research focuses on understanding and reducing the embodied carbon of buildings. Alice is the invited UK representative on the International Energy Agency Annex 57 on “Evaluation of Embodied Energy and Carbon Dioxide Emissions for Building Construction”, a three year (2012-2015) multi-national project led by Japan. 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 a whole life embodied energy and carbon tool.

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.