UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


International Women's Day 2022 - Sahar Nava

8 March 2022

For International Women's Day we asked some women from BSEER about how they got where they are today, what they’re most proud of and what advice they’d offer to other women working in a similar role, read about their experiences below.

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Around the world people are marking International Women's Day. We are joining them by celebrating the contributions and achievements of women in our department.

Sahar Nava

Doctoral Researcher / Senior PGTA
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

How did you get into your current role? 

A colleague of mine (from one of the climate change campaigning groups I was involved with) shared with me the EPSRC advert which was in line with my research interests and background. I submitted my proposal and I was honoured to be selected for the research position.

What are you currently working on? 

My research explores a participatory approach to developing a Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment and Analysis framework for the appraisal of estate regeneration schemes. I am working on a London cases study to formulate my proposed methodologies.

What work achievements are you most proud of? 

I am proud of myself to have followed my dream to start my PhD after working for many years (over 12) in practice. In practice, I prided myself in managing projects and teams well; being trusted with great responsibilities; and in appreciating the views of all the team members in spite of their level of experience. I have also been honoured to have received Richard Rogers’ praise and encouragement on some of my works.

What advice would you give to other women working at a university in a similar role? 

We have come so far, believe in yourself and don’t give up, things will get better.