UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering



UCL IEDE has a long track record of translating world-leading research into powerful competitive advantages for partners in industry, government and charity.

How to engage with us

UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering has numerous tailored research and consultancy relationships with industry and government. We are always eager to enter into discussions with organisations, big and small, on different ways we can work together.


Your organisation can benefit from our academic expertise to help you solve technical challenges or research questions. We will provide innovative, cutting-edge insights into sustainability, energy and buildings that comes with a long track record of multidisciplinary thinking. In the last 10 years, we have collaborated with more than 60 companies, including: AEDAS; Greater London Authority; CoreNet; BEIS; DCLG; DW Windsor; Philips; Thorlux; and WSP.

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If you would like to become a donor please contact us. Your donation will help fund pioneering research and develop the next generation of leaders in sustainability. Whatever global sustainability cause you are passionate about solving, we are likely to be so too and will be much stronger with your support.  

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Short courses and training

We are currently developing our portfolio of open short courses. We are open to feedback from you on your training needs – send us an email with what you would like to see from us. 

Bespoke short courses and training

We can deliver custom education and CPD for executives, business leaders and high-potential professionals in organisations that are looking to drive innovation and generate impact. We will work with you to design a programme built around your training requirements, and transfer our knowledge and insights in a way that will deliver impact in your organisation. Training could be modelled around sustainable and circular businesses, climate change challenges, energy efficiency, building physics, modelling, scenario planning, technical environmental design and engineering challenges you face and many more.

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PhD studentships

Our doctoral training and research outputs are world leading. We endeavour to closely align our PhD research with real-world needs and are always looking for suitable industry partners. Browse the range of research areas or speak to us about a particular question your organisation wants to explore through academic research. 

The PhD student will work closely with your business and may spend time in your office as work experience - models of collaboration can be tailored to your requirements. Some PhDs study part time and work 50% of the time with the sponsor, others only visit their sponsor occasionally.

To fully sponsor a UK/EU student over 3 years the fees + stipend are around £75,000. A lower level payment is possible via a CASE award (where UKRI pays a share) or via our doctoral training centre in Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (around £8,000 p.a. over 4 years). 

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) give firms the chance to boost their competitiveness, productivity and performance by employing an IEDE academic and/or graduate on a specific, strategic project. The scheme can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on what the project is and the needs of the business.

A KTP is part-funded by a grant. You will need to contribute to the salary of the Associate who will work with your business, plus the cost of a supervisor who will oversee the scheme.

Our previous partners on KTPs have included Max Fordham and Philips Electronics.

Find out more: http://ktp.innovateuk.org/

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Research & Development Partnerships

Research & development (R&D) Partnerships allow organisations to form working alliances with IEDE on longer-term projects.

Typically, the partnership is a mixture of consultancy and research focused on specific challenges identified by the company, who invite one or more IEDE academics onto their board.

R&D Partnerships receive co-funding from Innovate UK.

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Case study: Indoor air quality

Big Ben
Last year, the Greater London Authority commissioned a piece of research in one of our areas of expertise: indoor air quality. As the average person spends over 90 per cent of their time indoors, the quality of air we breathe inside is vital for our health and wellbeing. This is especially important for children who are more vulnerable to airborne pollutants than adults.

The GLA wanted to know the implications of this for school-aged children who spend a great deal of time inside school buildings. For this task, the Mayor’s study on indoor air quality in London’s schools, we provided an extensive literature review on the subject and created six case studies: five of primary state schools and one of a nursery.

Case study: Healthy Urbanism short course

People relaxing in park
In 2021 academics from UCL Institute from Environmental Design and Engineering created a free, online short course in Healthy Urbanism to enable professionals to gain knowledge and transferable lessons from international case studies, tools and resources. The course is aimed at built environment and public health professionals and postgraduate students, including those working in planning, engineering, architecture and other fields, it can be accessed on UCLeXtend.
For further information contact the course creators Dr Helen Pineo or Dr Gemma Moore.


Case study: DesignBuilder KTP

Edge of modern building
DesignBuilder Software specialises in high-productivity simulation software that helps organisations design high-performance buildings. In particular, their tools help to minimise the environmental impact of buildings, while still ensuring buildings are pleasant and comfortable to use.

DesignBuilder is currently working with UCL on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), tapping into expertise and research from UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design & Engineering. The academic team at UCL are providing technical know-how and case studies, to ensure DesignBuilder’s new product is based on the latest insights into in-use building performance assessment.



Contact us 

If you or your organisation would like to engage us in a partnership please get in touch

Rossi Makreeva-Devon
Executive Education and Partnerships Manager

Carlos Huggins
Consultancy Manager