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Dr Jonathon Taylor
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Pl
Tel: (0) 20 3108 9174
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Lecturer
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Jonathon holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simon Fraser University, Canada, a Bachelor of Engineering in Geomatics from UCL, and a PhD in Building Science from UCL. His doctoral research, completed in 2012, examined the long-term damp and microbial risk in London following flooding by combining microbiological modelling from lab-based experimentation, hygrothermal building simulation, and GIS mapping. He joined the Bartlett in 2012 to work on the NERC-funded AWESOME project, developing a spatially-varying model of indoor overheating and pollution risk for dwellings in the UK for use as modifiers in epidemiological analysis. Prior to joining IEDE in 2012, Jonathon was a Research Associate in Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering at UCL, where he researched the consequences of biological attacks on buildings using indoor air quality models and laboratory work. He has also worked in industry in both construction and space syntax modelling.

Research Summary

As most populations spend the majority of their time indoors, buildings are increasingly important modifiers of a population's exposure to environmental health risks. Jonathon's research interests include combining spatial data, building simulation tools, and biological systems to understand the health of urban populations. He is currently a lecturer in Urban Physics and the scientific and data manager for the Complex Urban Systems for Sustainability and Health (CUSSH) project, which seeks to research and understand the transformative change necessary in cities to meet environmental imperatives and improve the health and wellbeing of current and future populations. He is the acting UCL IEDE Ethics coordinator.

Prior to joining CUSSH, he was involved in the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit (HPRU) on Environmental Change and Health, developing models to predict current and future overheating and indoor air pollution risks for the English housing stock under a range of dwelling retrofit, adaptation, and climate scenarios. He was also involved in the Wellcome Trust-funded Sustainable Healthy Urban Environments (SHUE) project, developing a database of globally-distributed world cities with the objective of analysing the inter-relationships between city characteristics, energy and resource use, and health-related behaviours and exposures. His research interests include using building physics tools to examine the role of buildings on occupant health, including exposure to heat and cold, indoor air pollution, damp, and disease transmission. 

Teaching Summary

Jonathon is a lecturer and module leader for Urban Physics on the MEng in Engineering and Architectural Design. He also lectures on Indoor Disease Transmission (MSc in Health, Wellbeing, and Sustainable Buildings), and has lectured on building stock modelling (MSc Environmental Design and Engineering), and on Bioterrorism and Biodefense (Crime Science MSc in the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science).

15-NOV-2012 – 15-NOV-2014 Research Associate Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, United Kingdom
01-NOV-2011 – 15-NOV-2012 Research Associate Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2012 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Built Environment University College London
2008 BEng Bachelor of Engineering – Geodesy, Surveying Technology and Geographic Information Systems University College London
2004 BSc Bachelor of Science – Biological Sciences Simon Fraser University
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