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Dr Nici Zimmermann
14 Upper Woburn Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 5951
  • Lecturer
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
I am a Lecturer at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, working on topics related to housing, energy and wellbeing as well as decision-making and change. I hold a BA in Philosophy & Economics from the University of Bayreuth, a MSc in Management from LSE and a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim, but also spent semesters at the University of California at Irvine, Stockholm School of Economics and SUNY Albany. Before joining UCL, I was Junior Professor for Organization Studies at the University of Siegen, Germany where I led and co-led interdisciplinary research groups on 'Innovation and Development' and 'Region – Diversity – Innovation'.

I have been a jury member for the Gert von Kortzfleisch Prize since 2013 and I contributed to governance and organizational activities as a member of the Policy Council of the System Dynamics Society, a Ph.D. colloquium organizer and a repeat volunteer coordinator at the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society, and a workshop organizer at the University of Siegen.

Research Summary

With an interest in counterintuitive and innovative solutions for important problems, I research topics related to housing, system dynamics modelling, the management of change, and decision making. Multiple subject areas and universities enhanced my interest in discerning interdisciplinary approaches to address problems. In interdisciplinary research I use participative methods and my main research methods are system dynamics modelling, qualitative and case study research. I have a strong interest in processes of change, interactions among people and the construction of an environment sustainable in every sense, allowing for resilient development.

Currently working on the CBES Platform Grant on ‘Integrated decision-making about Housing, Energy and Wellbeing (HEW)’ I research the wide ranging additional impacts that policies focused on reducing carbon emissions from dwellings have of on health, society and the environment. Here I aim at taking into account physical, social, economic and environmental wellbeing while emphasising co-benefits and minimising trade-offs. This research uses interdisciplinary and participatory methods.

I welcome PhD applications on topics of

  • policy resistance;
  • adaptation, change and decision-making in organisations such as government departments, NGOs and the built environment industry;
  • (participatory) system dynamics modelling and qualitative research.

01-OCT-2014 – 31-AUG-2015 Senior Research Associate UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
01-APR-2011 Junior Professor for Organization Studies School of Economic Disciplines University of Siegen, Germany
01-SEP-2008 – 31-JAN-2011 Research and Teaching Assistant Business School University of Mannheim, Germany
Academic Background
2016 FHEA ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow – Built Environment Higher Education Academy
2011 Dr Doctor – Business Administration University of Mannheim
2005 MSc Master of Science – Management London School of Economics and Political Science
2004 BA Bachelor of Arts – Economics and Philosophy Universitat Bayreuth
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