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Dr Aiduan Borrion
Chadwick Building
Gower Street
  • Lecturer in Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Sustainable Infrastructure and Co-director of the Engineering Exchange at UCL. I am serving as the European Editor of Environmental Engineering Science, the official journal of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP). I am also a member of the peer review panel for British Council Newton Fund and a Judge for Global CleanTech Challenge. I hold a PhD in Environmental Engineering and Clean Energy Technology from UCL. 

Research Summary

My research interest lies in infrastructure and sustainability, with two key focus areas.

The first area of my research is focused on developing quantitative sustainability methods and tools to support the design and delivery of technology and infrastructure, using a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach.  My research integrates environmental LCA, life cycle costing (LCC) and social LCA to support decision making in sustainable infrastructure,  including energy, water, food, and waste services.  

For this area of research, I am involved in two EPSRC funded projects - Engineering Comes Home and Bottom Up Infrastructure. My research supports the bottom up approach to sustainable and resilient infrastructure. The tools I develop enable 1) local communities to participate in decision making about material and technology options regarding community infrastructure (water, energy, food and waste); and 2) enable engineers and infrastructure providers to quantify life cycle environmental, economic and social impacts of community engagement in infrastructure projects.

The second area of my research is focused on clean energy technologies, including anaerobic digestion (AD), biogas upgrading for energy storage, and advanced biofuel from biomass. I am particularly interested in developing closed loop waste-energy-food systems for a more resource efficient and circular economy. 

For this area of research, I am involved in various AD and biofuel projects in the UK, Asia (China and India) and South America (Chile, Colombia and Haiti), including closing the loop waste-energy-food: applying anaerobic digestate in urban agriculture, food waste AD in China, co-designing AD systems with artisanal fishing communities in Colombia.

Teaching Summary

I am the module coordinator of Life Cycle Assessment (CEGE0059), a postgraduate module, and contribute to teaching in Civil Engineering in Practice (CEGE0021), a core module of our civil engineering programme.

In addition, I run a regular short course (twice a year), aiming at industrial professionals and policy-makers, entitled "Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): from Theory to Practical Application". The course is supported by UCL Life Learning Investment Fund and developed in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. 


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