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Ms Helen Pineo
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
  • Lecturer in Sustainable and Healthy Built Environments
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Helen is a Lecturer in Sustainable & Healthy Built Environments in the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at University College London. Prior to entering academe, she worked for over ten years as an urban planner (MRTPI) integrating health and sustainability into new development and planning policy. Helen led the Building Research Establishment’s Future Cities programme and BREEAM Communities standard, involving research and advisory projects in the UK and internationally. Previously she worked at the Local Government Association and undertook secondments at the Department for Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy and Southwark Council in the areas of urban planning, sustainable urbanisation, health, climate change, and low carbon energy. Since 2015 she has been a Design Council Cabe Built Environment Expert and currently sits on a number of government and industry steering groups, including for the NHS England Healthy New Towns Programme.

Research Summary

Helen’s current research focuses on the development and use of metrics about the urban environment impact on health and wellbeing. In particular, she has evaluated how such metrics, or indicators, are used by urban planning policy and decision-makers. Helen previously developed an evidence-based global healthy cities index and has been involved in setting standards for sustainable urban development from building, masterplanning (BREEAM Communities) and city scales. Her research approach is pragmatic and interdisciplinary, and is informed by her training and industry experience in community and environmental planning, system dynamics, and epidemiology. 

Teaching Summary

Helen currently lectures on the MSc in Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings in two modules: ‘Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment’ and ‘Health and Wellbeing in Cities: Theory and Practice’. She has previously lectured in the Bartlett School of Planning master’s module in ‘Sustainable Property: Valuation, Investment, Development’.

Academic Background
2007 MA Master of Fine Arts – Linguistics University College London
2003 BA Bachelor of Arts – Others in Architecture, Building and Planning University of Washington Seattle
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