Staff Profile:Professor Li Shao

Professor Li Shao
Job Title:
Director of TSBE
Research, teaching and related administration/management in the area of Sustainable Technologies for the Built Environment
External Responsibilities:
Section Editor for International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies , Member of Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society, Member of EPSRC College, Reviewer for national funding bodies in the Netherlands, Austria and Hong Kong
Areas of Interest:

Professor Shao is interested in a range of sustainable energy technologies for buildings and adaptation of buildings for the future climate, including their appropriate integration with urban green spaces.
His recent work has involved people-centred technologies for energy demand reduction (e.g., energy use and activity monitoring, analysis and feedback), reliable delivery of genuine carbon emission reduction and adapting UK dwellings to cope with future extreme weather events particularly heat waves.
Professor Shao believes that dealing with climate change requires both mitigation and adaption, which need to be integrated for effective solutions. An interdisciplinary and systemic approach is also essential

Research groups / Centres:
Innovative and Sustainable Technologies (IST)

Career Development
Professor Shao studied Mechanical Engineering with application to aero-engines at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Upon his graduation in 1985, he won a scholarship which allowed him to pursue his PhD research in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Fuel technology, University of Sheffield during the period 1986-89. His postdoctoral appointment at the same University involved investigation into airflows in and around buildings using experimental and computational methods, with a significant part of the work carried out at the Building Research Establishment in Watford.

Professor Shao began his academic career in 1993 when he joined the University of Nottingham. There he was Reader in Architectural Environment Engineering and Co-Director of the Institute of Building Technology before moving to De Montfort University to take up the Chair in Building Energy Systems at the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) in 2007. He joined University of Reading in September 2012 as Professor in Sustainable Technologies for the Built Environment.

Professor Shao has published over 90 papers in refereed journals and international conferences. Supported by UK and European funding bodies as well as industry, Professor Shao has led a range of projects in sustainable energy technologies for buildings. These include the Carbon Vision Building consortium project "TARBase", and the ARCC project "CREW" in which he led research into adaptation of UK buildings for future climate change. He is a co-investigator in an EPSRC/E.On project on intelligent, user-responsive control of renewable and low energy systems in dwellings and in a further EPSRC projects on retrofit technologies and pathways for airport buildings. Professor Shao is Principal Investigator of an EPSRC/TSB funded investigation into low carbon buildings for green manufacturing. He leads an consortium project "Reduction of Energy Demand in Buildings through Optimal Use of Wireless Behaviour Information (Wi-be) Systems" as part of the RCUK TEDDI Programme.

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 7904
148 Chancellor's Building

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