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New Director for University's Sustainability Centre

Dr Janet Barlow

Dr Janet Barlow

The University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Janet Barlow as the new Director of the Centre for Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE) within the School of Construction Management and Engineering.

Dr Barlow will formally take up her post from 1 October 2011 following the retirement of the current Director, Professor Hazim Awbi.

Dr Barlow currently is Reader in Urban Meteorology in the Department of Meteorology at the University. She initially studied physics prior to specialising in applied meteorology, and is now a leading expert on the interactions between urban climate, infrastructure, and renewable energy generation. This expertise was recently recognised by a £1m Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC) Challenging Engineering Award.

Dr Barlow said: "The TSBE Centre is an excellent example of how industry and academia can work together in conducting the research needed to make concrete contributions to sustainability in built environments, and I'm grateful that I've been given this fantastic opportunity to be its Director. We need innovative thinking to redesign buildings and cities fit for the future and I'm looking forward to working with colleagues to ensure that those ideas are put into practice."

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