UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Prof Michael Davies

Prof Michael Davies

Professor of Building Physics and the Environment

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2004

Research summary

In all, I have been PI or Co-I on ~50 research projects. I am currently, for example, PI of the EPSRC Platform Grant which funds the Complex Built Environment Systems group at UCL – a form of strategic grant awarded only to ”world leading” centres – and also of the Wellcome Trust funded 'CUSSH' project.

Teaching summary

I currently lead the 'Energy Context' module which forms part of the Environmental Design and Engineering MSc course.  I also act as supervisor to a body of EngD and PhD students.


University of Westminster
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1994
University of York
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Postgraduate Certificate in Education | 1990
University of Manchester
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1986


I am Professor of Building Physics and Environment at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) within The Bartlett, UCL’s global faculty of the built environment. I am also a member of the UK Climate Change Committee.

For over a decade I have led an extensive programme of research, founded on intimate collaboration with researchers from health and other disciplines, which has sought to understand the complex relationship between the built environment and human well-being. 

Through such transdisciplinary research, a highly productive, multi-skilled team has been developed which has sought innovation and stakeholder participation in responding to the world’s urban health challenges. We have pioneered methods developments, specifically in the modelling of health impacts and in the application of system dynamics approaches to the co-generation of research in this field. We have helped articulate the multiple underpinning connections and opportunities for healthy sustainable development.