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Mr Ian Hamilton
UCL Energy Institute
Central House
London
WC1H 0NN
Tel: 0203 108 5982
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • UCL Energy Institute
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
  • Lecturer in Energy Epidemiology
  • UCL Energy Institute
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
 
 
Biography

Ian is a Lecturer and Senior Researcher and Sustainable Design Engineer, with expertise in environmental masterplanning, energy demand and efficiency in buildings and low carbon technologies. Ian is housed in the UCL Energy Institute and Bartlett School of Graduate Studies.  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 and 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 domestic stock; analysis of temporal and spatial energy use within the urban environment and its impact on the local climate; the impact of energy use practices (e.g. ‘take back’ factor); domestic 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 to model and quantify the health impact of introducing energy efficiency measures in the UK’s housing stock.


Ian’s current research is within 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 also an investigator on the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit ‘Environmental Change and Health – Healthy and Sustainable Cities’.


Ian is working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to develop a model for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) that quantifies the health impact of introducing energy efficiency measures within the UK’s housing stock, along with other projects within the UCL Energy Institute and Complex Built Environment Systems group at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies.


Ian was a Researcher Co-Investigator on the EPSRC 'New Empirically-Based Models of Energy Use in the Building Stock' that will explore the difference in the impact of energy efficiency across household segments in the UK.  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 worked on a major multi-disciplinary international collaboration for Health and Climate Change 'The Health Benefits of Tackling Climate Change', published in the Lancet in November 2009, that investigated the health impact of green house gas mitigation strategies. The work has highlighted the health benefits of climate change mitigation strategies and has helped to inform policy.  This theme was also explored by Ian and colleagues in a further Lancet/UCL commission 'Shaping Cities for Health' which outlined the means to address health through urban development.  Further work  exploring the cost and benefits of such measures to the UK economy was also undertaken by Ian and colleagues at LSHTM.  Ian is currently a member of the Lancet/UCL Commission looking at climate change and the actions needed to protect human health.


Ian worked on the London heat island project, LUCID, with Prof. Michael Davies, Prof. Philip Steadman and other members of The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies. Ian investigated the spatial and temporal pattern of anthropogenic heat emissions in London, which is used to estimate their impact on the formation of London's heat island.


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 six times since it was offered in 2010 and has been consistently been fully subscribed.  The MSc EDE is accredited by CIBSE and the Energy Institute.

Academic Background
2007 MSc Master of Science University College London
2005 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Waterloo
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