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Dr Ian Hamilton
UCL Energy Institute
Central House
Tel: 0203 108 5982
  • Lecturer in Energy Epidemiology
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Ian is a Lecturer, Senior Researcher and Sustainable Design Engineer, with expertise in energy demand in housing, indoor environmental quality and health impacts.  Ian has also undertaken research and consultancy on evaluating UK government housing and energy policy, environmental masterplanning design and sustainable development, research on energy demand and energy efficiency in buildings and low carbon technologies. Ian works at the UCL Energy Institute and the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources.  Prior to joining UCL, Ian worked in the engineering and building development industry in the UK as a project engineer to develop sustainability strategies for over a dozen masterplan scale developments in the UK and abroad, including the London 2012 Olympic Parkland; prior to this he developed urban development strategies in Canada.  Ian has worked as a consultant to Government and private industry.

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Ian Hamilton is a Lecturer and Senior Researcher at the UCL Energy Institute.  His research interest is focused on the nexus between energy demand, energy technologies and energy efficiency, sustainable cities, indoor and urban environmental conditions and health.  Ian’s research has included: investigation on the impact of energy efficiency interventions on energy demand in the residential stock; analysis of temporal and spatial energy use within the urban environment and its impact on the local climate; the trends and impact of energy use on indoor environment; residential stock energy use modelling; and, the integration of renewable energy into the urban form.  Ian is also working with colleagues at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to model and quantify the health impact of introducing energy efficiency measures in the UK’s housing stock.

Ian is the Operating Agent for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) 'Annex 70 - Building Energy Epidemiology: Analysis of Real Building Energy Use at Scale'. The aim of the annex is to work in an international collaboration to identify user needs around energy demand in buildings and to establish best practice methods and harmonized formats for data collection, analysis and modelling.

Ian is a Co-investigator on the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE), which is focused on exploring the causes and effects of key factors on energy demand within a population or subpopulations at various scales (e.g. from individuals and buildings to communities or building complexes).  Ian is a Co-investigator on the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit ‘Environmental Change and Health – Healthy and Sustainable Cities’. 

Ian is the Principle Investigator on the 'Valuing the Health Impacts from Bill Rebates, Energy Efficiency and Heating Measures' funded by the UK Dept. of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Working with LSHTM, this work seeks to quantify the health impact of introducing energy efficiency measures within the UK’s housing stock.

Ian was a Research Co-Investigator on the EPSRC 'New Empirically-Based Models of Energy Use in the Building Stock' that explored the difference in the impact of energy efficiency across household segments in the UK, using data on over 16 million dwellings.  Ian was a primary researcher on the EPSRC funded ‘Buildings & Data Framework’ project, which drew together physical data on approximately 11 million dwellings and have been linked individually to data on their actual gas and electricity consumption.  The study focused on the impact of energy efficiency interventions in the UK household stock and the opportunities of such a dataset for improving the precision and reliability with which low carbon strategies are framed, guided and evaluated.

Ian was a Commissioner and co-author of the Lancet-Commission on Health and Climate Change 2015 that has sought to set out actions to protect human health.  Ian was also part a major multi-disciplinary international collaboration for Health and Climate Change 'The Health Benefits of Tackling Climate Change', published in as a Lancet Series in November 2009, which investigated the health impact of green house gas mitigation strategies. Ian was also a Commissioner and co-author on the UCL-Lancet Commission 'Shaping Cities for Health' that outlined the means to address health through urban development.

Teaching Summary

Ian is the module tutor for MSc Environmental Design and Engineering: Environmental Masterplanning.  The principle aim of the module is to provide participants with an understanding of the concept of environmental masterplanning along with an overview of the fundamental components of the process required to create a holistic and sustainable set of strategies that deal with energy, water, waste, land use and transportation, environmental conditions, ecology and more.  The components includes the techniques and technologies being applied at the forefront of engineering, architecture and design and planning.  The module has run since 2010 and has consistently been fully subscribed.  The MSc EDE is accredited by CIBSE and the Energy Institute.

Academic Background
2015 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Built Environment University College London
2007 MSc Master of Science – Built Environment University College London
2005 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Environmental Studies University of Waterloo
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