UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Edward Barrett

Dr Edward Barrett

Lecturer (Teaching)

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2019

Research summary

Edward is a physicist with a background in optoelectronics and has worked in fields ranging from fibre optics to lighting to zoology.

Research expertise includes:
  • performance analysis of lighting systems
  • visual perception, psychophysics

  • fabrication and characterisation of LEDs, solar cells, and other optoelectronic structures

Recent published research at UCL has looked at the performance gap between design and operation in the built environment.

Teaching summary

Edward is a Lecturer (Teaching) in Building Physics Monitoring and teaches on the MEng Engineering & Architectural Design. He also teaches on the MSc Light and Lighting, on which he acted as Programme Lead 2020-21.


Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2007
University of Bristol
Other higher degree, Master of Natural Science | 2003


Edward's doctoral and early postdoctoral research focused on cleanroom-based fabrication and characterisation of optoelectronic devices made from organic and inorganic semiconductor materials, first at Imperial College and then at the Optoelectronic Research Centre at Southampton. Having explored mesopic visual perception in his research, he first joined UCL in 2011 on a project investigating street lighting glare. This was followed by a role at the Nanoscience Centre at Cambridge, designing photomasks and fabricating test surfaces with a variety of pillar, ridge, and fan-like microstructures, along with surfaces with hydrophobicity patterned on the micron scale.

He returned to UCL to help with the relocation to Here East of the Bartlett Lighting Simulator, and with the upgrade of the luminaires and control system. He now works in Building Physics Monitoring at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering.