Dr. Talib E. Butt

Dr Talib E Butt BEng(Hons), MSc, PhD; MCIWEM, LCIWM, AFHEA, ASET, PE(PEC), AMIMechE

Lecturer in the Built & Natural Environments

Swansea

Tel: 00 44 (0) 1792 481000
E-mail: t.e.butt@uwtsd.ac.uk

Dr. Talib E Butt

Dr. Butt Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduates and postgraduates on a wide-ranging modules and topics indicated in the ‘Academic Interests’ Section. In addition to latest developments that he gathers from journals, workshops, conferences and industrial contacts and collaborators, he also updates and informs his lectures via his own research as well as that of his students.

He is the Course Tutor for all 3rd year students of his School. He employs ICT, Moodle, other VLE tools and administrative means to effectively communicate with students and meet their needs, specially timely and detailed feedback – both formative and summative.

To deliver ‘student experience’, he teaches students with innovative methods and differentiation; uses role-play exercises; induces practical examples from industry and commerce; encourages students work individually and in teams to prepare and deliver presentations; arranges tutorials; etc. Thereby, leading to escalate scores on NSS (National Student Survey) and other KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) of the University, and eventually enhance the ranking on TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework).

He supervises research of undergraduates (UG) and postgraduates (PG). He also innovates, diversifies and enriches his own research (as well as that of his students’) with new ideas that he comes across while interacting with and delivering lectures, talks, tutorials and workshops to his students and trainees; and also at presentations at international conferences and symposiums.

He particularly, successfully motivates current and former UG and PG students to publish papers out of their dissertations (For details see the Publications Section).

He collaborates with the Corporate Communications Team and the Marketing Team to use social media and produce press releases regarding achievements of his students e.g. a Best Presentation award won when he presented one student’s paper out of their dissertation at an international conference held in Amsterdam.

In addition to other departments and faculties of the University, he also coordinates with other university bodies such as INSPIRE (Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness), RIEC (Research, Innovation, Enterprise and Commercialisation), Corporate Communications, and Sustainability Delivery Unit / Team to contribute to on-campus sustainability practices. For instance, for the Green Impact Awards, he has secured Bronze status for his School and now the plan is to work for Silver and Gold standards.

His other national and international collaborations and partners are mentioned in the ‘Academic Interests’ and ‘Research Interests’ sections.

His REF (Research Excellence Framework) activities are covered in the ‘Research Interests’ section.

CAREER OBJECTIVE

Inform the construction industry, via excelling in the built environment in conjunction with the natural, in a multi- and inter-disciplinary manner, with sustainability and climate change as cross-cutting themes. Thereby, ensuring that aspects of theory & practice; knowledge generation & transfer; research & development; teaching & training; science & engineering; and academe & industry are covered together. Wants to have main emphasis on designing and using multi-dimensional systems and models that mitigate negative impacts and enhance positive effects on the environment, while integrating with social and cost effective solutions.

DETAILS 

Academic Qualifications 

He has a PhD that falls in the sphere of risk assessment and computer-aided modelling. He has an MSc in the field of sustainable (environmental) management of wastes and his first degree is BEng(Hons) which strongly imparts his career with engineering and applied-sciences aspects.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) & Management

His career covers all the aforesaid four elements of STEM (abbreviating Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), which are ones of the most important parts of government policies specially regarding education and academe. An additional element, he brings on the top of STEM is Management (principles, concepts and applications including that of TQM – Total Quality Management). These five elements run as common threads through his studies, research and professional practice.

Multi-, Inter-, Cross- and Trans-disciplinarity

This aspect has been not only part of his studies but also work experiences/professional practice. This is because both his studies and work experiences equally come from a variety of fields ranging from mechanical engineering through manufacturing, waste management, flood risks/natural hazards, human-driven environmental risks, obsolescence, energy, water, climate change, sustainability, quality management, and computer-aided modelling, to environmental science & management. Furthermore, he has a handle on how the water, air, land/soil, biotics and human influences interact with each other in general and specifically along the afore-listed fields of his studies and practice (particularly while bridging between climate change and sustainability; and the built environment and the natural environment).

Penta Spheres of the Environment

In varying capacities, his career involves all the five spheres of the environment including lithosphere (soils/land), hydrosphere (waters), atmosphere (air), biosphere (human and other life) and anthroposphere/technosphere (human activities and influences). Also, his career covers both the natural and built/urban environments with additional spins of sustainability philosophy and climate change issues (including not only drivers and impacts, but also mitigation of and adaptation to climate change). This renders his professionalism even more multi-, inter-, cross- and trans-disciplinary. The main thread which runs through diverse aspects of his career comprises analysis, synthesis, development, innovation and application of various scientific and engineering systems and models. 

Multi-sectorial Career – Has worked in various sectors 

He has well over two decades long research and work experiences in the academic, private / commercial, industrial, consultancy, and government / public sectors (Comprehensive details are contained in the ‘Enterprise, Commercial & Consultancy’ section). This ‘multi-sectorial’ aspect of his career particularly imparts him with an ability to connect with and between wide-ranging stakeholders (coming from varying backgrounds and with different interests). Equally this also helps him more readily develop practical exemplary scenarios for his students and trainees during his lectures.

Lecturing/Teaching Students and Training Professionals (for their CPD programmes)

Since he has had his career in various sectors (for over two decades), he has developed an expertise to prepare and deliver relevant lectures to students (on any appropriate educational programmes) and professionals (on training courses) with diverse and practical examples from industry and commerce. He can readily refer to real-world case studies from his work experience or generate an illustrative case study there and then for students and trainees to help them grasp concepts and provoke innovative ideas.

Based on this, while at the University of Exeter, he was nominated for the Best Lecturer category – Teaching Awards 2014. Currently, he is working as a full-time permanent lecturer at the University of Wales – Trinity St. David (Former Swansea Metropolitan University). His lecturing and research supervisory roles specifically include climate change and sustainability as cross cutting themes, while bridging between the built/urban and natural environments. Details on main duties are contained in the ‘Role’ section.

For a diverse range of subjects and topics that he can deliver lectures, training, workshops, tutorials to students (from the academe) and trainees (from industry), see the ‘Academic Interests’ section.

Refereed Journal Publications

His refereed publications, which also engages international co-authors and collaborators, have already earned well over 200 citations. His publications have appeared in as high impact journals as e.g. Environment International (IF = 7.088); Science of the Total Environment (IF = 4.9); Critical Reviews in Environmental Science & Technology (CREST, IF = 5.79). Apart from these, he has been working on a number of other publications with other high impact journals including: Global Environmental Change; Nature Climate Change; Nature Communications; Risk Analysis; etc. Full details on his publications to date are contained in the ‘Publications’ section.

Research – Proposals and Funding (Totalling > £100k as PI, another £100k as co-investigator)

As a principal investigator, he has earned research funds, altogether amounting to greater than £100k (Details in the ‘Additional Information’ section). As a co-investigator, in collaboration with his colleagues and partners, he managed to secure another £100k. He is also preparing ‘self-funded’ PhD proposals out of his research ideas with a vision of setting up a ‘PhD / Postgraduate Research Office’ for the School. He is preparing research proposals for external research funds such as Leverhulme Turst and UK Research Councils. International and European research funds are his next targets. At the moment, he is a part of Horizon 2020 research proposal with Professor M. Phillips regarding climate change (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, Enterprise and Commercialisation – RIEC). For more details see the ‘Expertise’ section under the heading ‘Research & Supervision – both Academic & Industrial and Fundamental & Applied’. 

REF (Research Excellence Framework)

For his contributions to REF, see the Section ‘Research Interests’. 

CAREER VISION 

Is to continue excelling not only in preparing and delivering lectures to students in universities and training to professionals with diverse backgrounds in industrial and commercial settings. But also, to employ his research skills and expertise in developing research proposals to attract external funds; collaborate with industry and commerce; transfer knowledge and provide consultancy; internationalise his research endeavours and teaching activities; develop and deliver research-informed teaching, and publish research outputs in high impact journals to enhance profile of the institution he works for. In pursuit of this, establish professional relationships and networks (for national and international) collaborations, thereby, seeking sustainable solutions where social/ethical, environmental and economic aspects yielding a winning combination.

  • MCIWEM – Member of Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.
  • LCIWM – Licentiate Member of Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.
  • AMIMechE – Associate Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
  • Professional Engineer (PE) of PEC (Pak. Engineering Council).
  • Graduate Member of IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) – About to upgrade.
  • AFHEA – Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Association.
  • ASET – Associate Member of Society of Education and Training.

Other Membership are:

IUSDRP (Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme) – UWTSD Representative:

On behalf of his employer university as well as his own research interests and ideas, his role is to coordinate and collaborate with other IUSDRP member universities in engaging in:

  • joint editorial service e.g. himself being an Associate Editor for Volume 1: Encyclopaedia of Climate Change and Resilience (project);
  • joint publications in peer-reviewed journals;
  • bidding for research projects;
  • co-supervision of PhD theses;
  • joint publications and presentations at international conferences/symposiums; and
  • strengthen doctoral training by rendering it more international.

Leeds Sustainability Institute (Leeds, England):

Fellow member and engaged in research proposals and publications around energy-water nexus, sustainability, climate change, etc.

The Environment Centre (Swansea, Wales):

A volunteer member where he is to contribute to their workshops and seminars with my talks / lectures on various topics including Climate Change (mitigation and adaptation); Sustainable Development / Sustainability; SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems); etc.

 SEEDS Scientific Committee Member:

Peer-reviewing papers for an International Conference series on the Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS).

Dr Butt was nominated for the ‘Best Lecturer’ category in the Teaching Award 2014 at the University of Exeter (Guild Academic Representation). Currently, he teaches as well as supervises research projects for both undergraduates and postgraduates nationally and internationally.

On the top of the knowledge on latest developments that he gathers from journals, books, workshops, and conferences; he also updates and informs his lectures via his own research works, and vice versa. 

To continuously develop himself as well as help others to develop, he actively applies himself in Teach the Teacher / Train the Trainer courses and activities. For instance, he has been a mentor to PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate in Education) students in which he particularly guides on how to: prepare student-attractive lectures, carryout interactive lecture delivery, assess lecture effectiveness, and enhance student engagement.

He also team-teaches with his colleagues on a wide and diverse range of topics.

Internationalisation in Teaching

  • He particularly introduces ‘internationalisation’ in his teaching in a number of ways. He engages international students with native students in discussions in his class in order to enable them all to share their respective countries practices regarding the subject matter that he is lecturing in.
  • This way not only he succeeds in developing international bonding among my students to work in groups but also prepare them for the international job market.
  • For roleplay or any other class exercise, he purposefully divides students into groups so that there is diversity and international students partner up with native students in each group.
  • While international students, under his supervision, are sharing their respective countries’ knowledge and practices with others; in addition, they feel proud, motivated and welcomed.
  • Simultaneously, native students have an opportunity to widen their vision from the national to the international level.
  • He also engages in co-supervision and other teaching related activities with students studying in universities situated abroad e.g. University of the Punjab, NUST (National University of Science & Technology) Islamabad, PIQC Institute of Quality, etc. 

TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework)

Not only he teaches his students with various methods employing differentiation approaches and gives them practical examples from industry and commerce, he also actively supports students individually and collectively to give them a great overall ‘student experience’ leading to increase NSS (National Student Survey) and other KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), eventually to ramp up the ranking on TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) scale

Main teaching areas

He lectures in a range of subjects covering diverse topics ranging from the built/urban to the natural environment. His academic interests in teaching include: 

  • Sustainable Construction
  • Contaminated Land / Landfills
  • Future Proofing Construction
  • Flood risk assessment & mitigation
  • Waste & resource management
  • Environmental modelling
  • Energy and environmental issues
  • Water and the environment
  • Water-energy nexus
  • Quality Control & Quality Assurance
  • TQM (Total Quality Management)
  • Health & Safety (risks and legislation)
  • Business continuity
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • BIM (Building Information Modelling)
  • Environmental risk management
  • Obsolescence and risks
  • Time management & Prioritisation
  • Management principles & applications
  • Environmental legislation
  • Communications (Science)
  • Professional & Academic Skills
  • Productivity (Efficiency & Effectiveness)
  • Presentations & Networking
  • Environmental technology
  • Teamwork, Organisation & Motivation
  • Both Interviewee & Interviewer Skills
  • Report writing skills
  • Refereed journal article writing skills
  • Conference paper writing skills
  • Climate change drivers & impacts
  • Research proposal writing skills
  • Climate change mitigation & adaptation
  • Sustainable Development / Sustainability
  • SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems)
  • Research methods (Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed & Semi-Quantitative)

Special features of his teaching

  • He would assign groups of students a roleplay while he facilitates an ambience where the whole class works together through a problem and possible solutions which are critical to engineering; where in construction, civil engineering, built environment or any environmental management scenario, every project has many stakeholders with widely diverse interests which are represented in the roleplay exercise;
  • With his teaching style, he effectively provokes students to think, using their knowledge and how it could be applied in real world situations;
  • He breaks away from his presentation to create improvised scenarios for problems discussed in the slideshow to reinforce what was presented;
  • In order to enhance student engagement, his lectures are filled with interesting content (e.g. video clips from experts and professionals, pictures/photos, various social media means, and inspirational statements);
  • He values students’ feedback which he collects leaving a postik note on each desk asking for good and bad points about his lecture, so that he can enhance the positive points and resolved the negative points (if and when any);
  • Internationalisation in his teaching – for details, please see above;
  • During his lectures, he regularly gives practical examples from industry and commerce based on his personal, past work experiences in the government/public, commercial/private, industrial, consultancy, research & development (R&D), and voluntary sectors;
  • He ensures that his students feel comfortable to ask questions during his lectures;
  • He creates a mutually respectful environment in his class where all students respect each other as persons and each other’s views too;
  • He encourages students to see him alone or in small groups (as for tutorials) to go over with concepts again which a few students (due to their background) are particularly grappling with and shy to ask in the full classroom setting;
  • He continues to successfully motivate both UG and PG students to publish out of their dissertations, and he also makes sure that these students appear as the principal author in their respective publications be it for refereed journals or international conferences. This ‘ownership’ motivates them even more. Please see the Publications section for examples;
  • Keeping in view varying backgrounds, age, work-experience, and intelligence of students, he purposefully divides students into mixed and balanced out groups to prepare and deliver presentation on different topics. So that students develop presentation and effective (oral) communication skills which are necessary for employment these days. In addition to himself, he also encourages the whole class to give constructive critique on presentations. This way students learn from each other as well as develop skills on how to constructively and professionally feedback others / fellow colleagues;
  • He makes sure that students get feedback in time, during both while working on their assignment and after they have handed in the final copy/version of their piece of work – This is one of the ways he employs both formative and summative assessments.
  • Thus, he uses student assignments not only as a means of assessment to mark, but also as a great opportunity for students to further learn while they are working on their assignment;
  • He explains students repeatedly not to deem a given assignment as merely an academic exercise for your tutor / lecturer to mark and pass, rather see it as if you are producing a professional report for your line manager or senior management staff of a company in industry. This helps students a lot to come out of academic state-of-mind and instead have a ‘professional’ state-of-mind clicked in, which is the whole idea of studies and university experience in the first place i.e. preparation for the professional, practical, real world.
  • He regularly assesses the delivery impact of his lecture by asking ‘purposeful’, pre-set questions during and after the lecture – this is what he regards a kind of formative and summative assessments of his own teaching/lecturing!;
  • He renders his teaching research-informed and ICT-induced, rather than conventionally teaching from the text books only. He believes this way lectures become not only more interesting but also heavily interactive for students in class;
  • He enhances employability skills of and chances for his students by making sure his teaching style and content develop his students to become creative, innovative, problem-solving, trouble-shooting, cognitive, and not only analytical but also synthetical;
  • In summary, he simply believes that if there is no learning is taking place, then no teaching is taking place in the first place. Nowadays, teaching not only in its style but also content has become a lot more multi- and inter-dimensional art in its own right than ever before.

Based on his analytical and synthetical expertise, Dr Butt’s research interests revolve around producing such holistic, integrated, strategic, bespoke, multi- and inter-dimensional systems that can render respective processes to have the following features (in varying appropriate combinations):

  • less time consuming (faster)
  • cost effective (cheaper)
  • health & safety sensitive (safer)
  • less effort intensive (efficient)
  • enhance quality performance (better / effective)
  • reduce adverse environmental impacts i.e. environmental protection
  • increase positive environmental impacts i.e. environmental enhancement
  • ramp up ‘sustainability’ via assessment and management
  • mitigate climate change (control climate change drivers) and
  • adapt around climate change (be resistant and resilient to climate change consequences)

Internationalisation in Research

  • He induces internationalisation in his research endeavours via international networking and collaborations. These come from both developing and developed countries thereby adding more resolution and diversity to the internationalisation aspect.
  • He regularly presents his own research as well as that of his students’ dissertations (which are a crucial part of his teaching) at international conferences.
  • This enhances the international impact both of his research and research-informed teaching.
  • Furthermore, this enriches his own research activities from the international community as well as he brings back advanced and latest knowledge (state-of-the-art) to share with his colleagues at work and also inform his lectures for his students.
  • The students not only obtain a much better profile on their CV / Resume with international conference publications out of their dissertations, their work also receives an international exposure.
  • When possible, he encourages students to seek funding from their employer organisation (generally at Masters level) to fund them so that their work is presented at international conferences / symposiums by themselves. One such example is CIB (The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction known by its French acronym, CIB)
  • One of his international presentations also won the Best Presentation Award at the International Conference on Risk Assessment and Management (ICRAM), held in Amsterdam.

REF (Research Excellence Framework)

Based on his refereed international publications and research grants won for research projects, he contributed to the latest REF (Research Excellence Framework) with maximum allowed four contributions per person. He continues to plan and work to return to REF with his individual contributions for the next REF round coming up in 2020. He is also seeking ‘Critical Mass’ with his colleagues for even wider and higher REF impact not only at the School level but also Faculty- and University-wide. 

Main research areas 

The research areas which he has been engaged in to different capacities ranging from ‘self-research’ to ‘supervising-research’ and from a principle investigator to a co-investigator role, include:

  • Landfill leachate & landfill gas
  • Built & natural environments’ integration
  • Systems analysis and development
  • Computer aided environmental modelling
  • Coastal vulnerability, exposure & risks
  • Coastal resilience & resistance
  • Water-energy nexus
  • Environmental risk assessment
  • Waste management and legislation
  • Health & safety (mechanisms in buildings)
  • Energy pipeline – lifecycle
  • Flood hazards, risks & mitigation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Sustainable versus renewable energy
  • Environmental technologies (e.g. CCS)
  • Environmental communication(s)
  • Obsolescence types and assessment
  • Environmental pollution nomenclature
  • Productivity & quality implications
  • Climate Change Act 2008
  • BIM – technical implications
  • BIM – non-technical implications
  • Sustainability/Sustainable Development
  • Future Proofing (concepts & implications)
  • Climate change – cause & effect and mitigation and adaptation
  • Contaminated land (risk assessment, management & remediation)
  • Establishing implications between Sustainability and Climate Change
  • bridging gaps between Built & Natural Environments (BE versus NE)

Another angle of his research interests is developing risk assessment systems and e-tools for effectively and efficiently managing risks regarding anthropogenic environmental pollution (like landfills/contaminated land); natural hazards (such as flooding); climate change; obsolescence; business continuity; and health & safety. This way his research areas cross over between both the built/urban environment as well as the natural environment.

His achievements in terms of publications are presented in the ‘Publications’ section. These publications reflect on his aforesaid research areas and interests.

In the context of his successful research grants are contained in the ‘Additional Information’ section.

National and International COLLABORATIONS

Universities: On the top of national/UK based universities, he also engages with international universities in terms of both research and teaching related activities. Examples of his collaborator international universities are: Griffith University (Queensland, Australia), University of Malborne (Australia), New University of Lisbon (Portugal), University of the Punjab, NUST (National University of Sciences & Technology, Pakistan), University of Melborne, Hochschule Mainz (University of Applied Sciences, Germany). 

Companies & Organisations: He ensures to include collaborations from the public/government, consultancy, commercial/private, voluntary and other sectors. This also enhances his CEC – Commercial, Enterprise and Consultancy i.e. industrial interaction activities. Again, he applies national and international approach:

International examples: Ramboll Environ Inc (USA); SAFE (Safe Australia Consulting Engineers); Consolidated Contractors International Company (UEA, Middle East); PIQC Institute of Quality (Pakistan); Clean Harbours Surface Rentals (USA); LAB360 Loyalty Ltd (New Zealand).

National examples: Environment Agency (England); NRW (Natural Resources Wales); Welsh Water Ltd; MWH Global Inc; Morgan Stone Ltd; Wessex Water Services Ltd; Jacobs Consultancy Inc; WAMITAB (Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board); Cory Environmental (Management) Ltd; Environmental Leadership Ltd; Considerate Construction Scheme; SEPA (Scottish Environmental Protection Agency); various District and City Councils (e.g. Swansea, Exeter, etc.).

Research Organisations: WIR (Water Industry Research); CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association); UK Research Councils; Wessex Institute of Technology; IUSDRP (Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme).

Dissemination – International Presentations

He regularly disseminates his research works and findings at international conferences and seminars/symposiums via presentations; and also, thereby, informs his own research from international research communities – a two-way dissemination approach. He regularly publishes in international peer-review / refereed journals as well as international conference proceedings, as indicated in the ‘Publications’ section. He shares his research ideas with and disseminates his research findings to his colleagues at work, professional contacts and collaborators around the globe – both nationally and internationally. In addition, to widen and intensify his dissemination impact, he employs a range of internet networking media such as Research Gate, Google Scholar, Academia, Mendeley and Linked In to communicate and generate international impact of his research endeavours. 

Other special features of his research

  • Various research endeavours of his occupy different stages in the spectrum spanning from the ‘blue sky’ / fundamental through to the applied research.
  • Climate change and sustainability are cross-cutting themes in his research works.
  • His research is multi-, inter-, cross- and trans-disciplinary.
  • His research works involve both technical and non-technical aspects, thus a diverse stakeholder involvement, including public engagement.
  • Internationalisation in research – for details, please see above.
  • He has over 200 citations of his publications so far and his Reach Gate (RG) Score > 20 at the moment, which is more than 70% of the RG members.
  • His research crosses between both the natural and the built/urban environments.
  • Furthermore, his research endeavours and interests interact with all the five spheres of the total environment including: lithosphere (soils/land), hydrosphere (waters), atmosphere (air), biosphere (human and other life) and anthroposphere/technosphere (human activities and influences).

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

A PhD & MSc qualified, dynamic, enthusiastic, self-initiative and innovative professional academic; who has the environment, engineering, climate change, and sustainability at the core of the career in both contexts, academic and practice. Multi- and inter-disciplinary research (both fundamental and applied) and multi-sectorial work experiences span over two decades in the academic, private/commercial, industrial, consultancy, and government/public sectors. Has developed and applied multi-dimensional systems and models around various facets of sustainability and the environment (built/urban and natural), thereby acquiring skills and expertise that are transferable to diverse aspects of the field.

Sustainable Development / Sustainability (philosophy) 

He can design and build systems to gauge various aspects of sustainability for a given specific organisation, particularly along the national and international headline indicators of sustainable development. Such systems can determine not only the indicators as individuals but also overall, total sustainability of a given scenario as well as discretely along the three principal dimensions of the sustainability philosophy i.e. Social acceptance, Environmental friendliness and Economic viability (SEE). As a sustainability practitioner, he has worked on a holistic consultancy project which was Wales-wide and the Welsh Assembly was a main stakeholder in the project. Details in the ‘Enterprise, Commercial & Consultancy Activities’ Section under the heading ‘Research & Development’.

Climate Change (phenomenon and associated implications and repercussions)

He has expertise of numerically analyzing and developing models on how climate change related concepts can be practically employed in a built environment setting. He integrates both the ends – energy generation and energy consumption. For the generation end, it is about employing on-site, green and clean energy generation technologies and techniques and for the consumption end, energy efficiency (i.e. less energy using technologies and techniques). This leads to a total / overall energy management strategy.

In addition, for a given building or set of buildings on a site, he can provide consultancy on how the aforesaid numerical models can practically help to meet the legal requirements of the Climate Change Act 2008. He can enhance the impact by introducing an additional model of water-energy nexus with the idea that the focus be not only the energy that is directly, explicitly utilised, but also the energy that is indirectly, implicitly consumed e.g. in connection to water water-use to sustain a built environment.

He can provide expert advice on how flood risk assessment (FRA) for proposed development in a planning application can cater for increased flood risks due to climate change. He can effectively link a FRA with SUDS to multiply the impact. He can also objectively advise on inputs for water drainage and flood risk computer models such as MicroDrainage / WinDes, and that what computer-aided simulation outputs should be explicitly covering to demonstrate how allowance for climate change issues has been included. Such aspects can render a planning application for a proposed development more convincing for planning authorities.

Furthermore, he has working knowledge of how climate change issues can be effectively and efficiently tackled in both contexts – mitigation and adaptation – at the same time. SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) is one such example which can simultaneously tackle both the main aspects of climate change and he has skills to, both conceptually and practically, advise on this. 

Systems and Processes – Design and Development

He can design and develop systems from conceptual model through framework and methodology to computer-aided modelling and finally practical application to industry. He can innovatively generate and employ quantitative, qualitative and semi-quantitative approaches to integrate with systems and processes to render them more effective. In summary, he can design, develop, pilot, implement, evaluate, review and innovate quantitative and qualitative systems to assess and manage various sustainability, climate change, and environmental scenarios. So far, he has designed and developed systems and models in varying degrees for: 

  • Contaminated land / landfill risk assessment.
  • Carbon emissions, energy and Climate Change Act 2008.
  • Types of the built/urban environment.
  • Obsolescence assessment of the built/urban environment.
  • Perception and scepticism – environmental communications.
  • Sustainability and obsolescence – contrary themes.
  • Sustainability assessment and evaluation.
  • Sustainable energy versus renewable energy. 

Consultancy and Advice Delivery

Formulating advice and delivering consultancy in various roles and capacities has been a throughout feature of his career. Main areas include: contaminated land risk assessment for proposed developments; flood risks and mitigation measures; environmental pollution and control; business continuity; SUDs (Sustainable Urban Drainage systems); energy and GHG estimations; carbon footprint of water in the built environment (both clean and waste); waste and resource management; sustainability; and climate change. He has enhanced these expertise by applying them in both industry and academe for diverse range of audiences and clients including:

  • Officers of city and district councils
  • Environment Agency officers
  • Local planning authorities
  • Environmental consultants
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Agriculture
  • Service companies e.g. solicitors
  • Chemical industries
  • Retail sector
  • Process industries
  • Developers
  • General member of public
  • Universities/educational establishments
  • Environment Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC)

Analytics and Peer-Reviewing 

He can review to provide consultancy on a whole host of document types ranging from government reports, regulations guidance notes, environmental statements, refereed journal articles, research proposals, dissertations/theses, policy booklets, marketing pamphlets, and operational manuals to best practice guides. Having reviewed, he can formulate critique to improve the content, structure, flow and message of a given document / report. For instance, he reviewed a Waste Guide for higher and further education institutions when approached by the Environment Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC), UK. Similarly, he also reviewed the practice guide for the Planning Policy Statement (PSS) 25 for the Environment Agency. He can critically review business continuity, health and safety, environmental and waste policies of organisations. He can analyse different datasets and derive information from the collected data – datamining. This also includes data collected from structured and semi-structured interviews. For his academic peer-reviewing activities see the ‘Additional Information’ section under the heading ‘Peer Reviewing for Refereed International Journals’. 

Regeneration of contaminated land for construction/development projects via environmental risk assessment and management 

He can develop methods and computer-aided models to quantitatively assesses environmental risks with a whole-system approach. In this regard, various innovative aspects of his works has been published in a number of refereed journals. In his doctorate project, he developed a quantitative environmental risk assessment methodology in a holistic format (i.e. A to Z) specifically for landfill leachate as a typical type of contaminated land. This methodology has also been transformed into a corresponding computer-aid tool which is more readily useable, and can be reproduced to cater for any type of contaminated land. This can be applied to landfill risk assessment practices of regulatory bodies (such as the Environment Agency) and multi-national environmental consultancies to help them standardise their risk assessment process and derive quantitative risk values that can be presented in a unified format. This more readily enables comparative risk studies between two or more different types of landfills if were sited at the same location or the same landfill design if were to be sited at two or more different locations.

Environmental legislation

He can analyse and synthesise implications of implementation of a number of environmental legislative instruments to a range of environmental scenarios. This additionally helps him to build systems and processes in such a way that they cater for environmental legislative implications. Some examples of legislative instruments that he has investigated and / or applied include the Water Framework Directive; Climate Change Act 2008; Water Resources Act, Land Drainage Act, Waste Management Regulations; etc.

Flood risk assessment, EIA and Planning

He can carry out flood risk analysis for a proposed development in view of legislative and planning requirements. He has the experience of not only assessing flood risk assessment reports as a flood risk engineer/officer while working for the Environment Agency but also preparing such reports for various types of developments as an environmental consultant. Details in the ‘Enterprise, Commercial & Consultancies Activities’ section. He has determined the flood risk assessment aspect (which is a legal requirement of a planning application) in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports of various proposed developments.

Research & Supervision – both Academic & Industrial and Fundamental & Applied

He can carry out research as well as manage, supervise and direct research activities not only at academic (i.e. undergraduate and postgraduate) levels but also non-academic, industrial, professional levels (examples are described in the next paragraph, below). He has expertise in various stages of the ‘life-cycle’ of a research work, ranging from the ‘blue sky’ / fundamental through to the applied research. He can compose research and development proposals around various natural and built/urban environmental issues with multi-, inter-, cross- and trans-disciplinary approaches. A list of successful research proposals is contained in the ‘Additional Information’ section 

While at the Environment Agency, he investigated implications of LandSim software application to landfill risk assessments and established what parts of a holistic risk assessment exercise, the software can not complete, and what parts it can and to what extent. Based on this investigation from industry he prepared a successful research proposal to secure research fund from the Dundee City Council (Scotland, UK). After developing a conceptual holistic risk assessment model, a detailed whole-system methodology was developed and then transformed into a computer-aided model / tool. This was applied to a real-world landfill scenario for testing, calibration and validation purposes. This model can now can be taken up by the environmental regulators (e.g. the Environment Agency) to unify their landfill risk assessment activities as well as use it as a holistic benchmark to influence environmental and other consultants whose work is assessed by the regulators. This can also help planning applications that are assessed by the planning authorities for proposed (construction) developments as a means of ‘regeneration’ on contaminated land and brownfields.

Similarly, having investigated the energy sector, the built/urban environment, and the advent of the Climate Change Act 2008; he proposed research and successfully secured fund to develop a whole-system, applied methodology that can practically assist in meeting legal carbon cut targets set by the Act i.e. With respect to 1990 emissions as base level, 34% and 80% carbon reduction by 2020 and 2050, respectively, in the UK Built Environment.

He has been supervising research projects of similar nature specifically in the context of Applied Research clearly demonstrating how the industrial, commercial and consultancy sectors can readily uptake it. His other research ideas and activities are listed in the ‘Research Interests’ section. 

Training Professionals (for CPD) and Lecturing/Teaching Students

See the ‘Background’ section under the heading ‘Lecturing/Teaching Students and Training Professionals (for CPD programmes)’.

Communications and Collaboration with Diverse Stakeholders

In addition to he has had a career in various sectors and industries, since his career has its roots in both the main parts of the environment (that is the built/urban and the natural); he can effectively communicate with and coordinate between diverse range of stakeholders (with different backgrounds), there by clearly drawing links between their varying interests. He can build presentation structures and contents that clearly integrate varying interests of the diverse stakeholders. This aspect of his career particularly helps to demonstrate how the two environments can feed on each other and that how the best of both the worlds can be achieved to satisfy ‘sustainability’ principles and concepts. 

Dissemination - Report-writing and other means

He can efficiently (quickly) and effectively (categorically and systematically structurally) draft reports for a generic as well as a specific audience. These reports include types ranging from professional practice to academe. For instance, for various developments he has produced flood risk assessment reports for local planning authorities and the Environment Agency as audiences. These reports included aspects of risk mitigation measures, business continuity, SUDs (Sustainable Urban Drainage systems), sustainability, and climate change compensation. Some reports were for internal organisational use and some for external bodies. Some were short while others were comprehensive. For his other dissemination activities ranging from national to international, see the ‘Research Interests’ section under the heading ‘Dissemination – International Presentations’.

Multi-, Inter-, Cross- and Trans-Disciplinarity 

See the ‘Background’ section under these two sub-headings ‘Multi-, Inter-, Cross- and Trans-disciplinarity’ and ‘Penta Spheres of the Environment’.

GOVERNMENT / PUBLIC SECTOR

While employed in the government / public sector (the Environment Agency), he worked in different roles. As a flood risk engineering officer, his particular role was to deliver advice and consultancy to LPA (Local Planning Authorities), district and city councils on planning applications in connection to flood risks. This also included technically determining suitability of flood risk measures proposed in planning applications and that they are in line with the associated government policies and regulations. 

He worked on a consultancy assignment of the Environment Agency regarding WFD (Water Framework Directive) application. This role (entitled: Integrated Environmental Planner) included preparing technical reports on water environments from the perspective of WFD implementation in various hydrological catchments by integrating diverse aspects such as: water quality (biological, chemical, physical, physiochemical, and ecological); water resources and sustainable usage; fresh and coastal waters; clean and waste waters; ground and surface waters; diffuse and point source pollutions; flood risk management; marine navigation management; and climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation. A unified format for these technical reports was formulated which catered for the afore-listed attributes of the water environment, thereby integrating interests of diversely wide ranging stakeholders within the Agency as well as external interested parties particularly from the water-related sectors. 

He analysed practices of the Environment Agency regarding environmental risk assessments of landfill gas and leachate in view of the relevant environmental regulations. He particularly studied applications of software, such as LandSim, and established implications from the perspectives of whole-system approaches of risk assessment. In conjunction with other e-tools such as GIS (Geographical Information Systems), applying the LandSim software to a real-world landfill scenario, he prepared an academic document demonstrating that the software can address only a part of the total risk assessment, and the absent parts were established.

More examples are laid out in the ‘Expertise’ section, under the heading ‘Research & Supervision – both Academic & Industrial and Fundamental & Applied’. 

COMMERCIAL / PRIVATE SECTOR

He worked for MWH Ltd (a multinational company) as an environmental consultant. He was responsible for producing reports for clients on flood risk assessment and mitigation measures for various residential, commercial, and industrial buildings and developments. This also included making allowance for Climate Change impacts; including sustainable solutions (such as SUDS – Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems); and employing results of computer models such as WinDes / MicroDrainage.

He was also seconded to the Environment Agency as a consultant to assist them with determining the accuracy of flood risk assessment reports (as a part of planning application process) for proposed developments in high, medium and low flood risk zones. In addition to new planning applications, he reduced the backlog of old planning applications of two months down to zero and brought the Agency up to date in their functions regarding flood risk consultancy for the relevant local planning authorities / councils.

INDUSTRIAL SECTOR

He worked in the industrial sector for a manufacturing company called Millat Tractors Limited – Parent Company: Massey Ferguson Limited. His role was Quality Control & Training Manager where he applied his engineering studies and skills to several technical departments as well as CPD (Continual Professional Development) programmes for the company staff. He investigated and proposed recommendations to the Head of the Maintenance Department of the company regarding energy waste and that how to reduce energy / heat waste in the paint shops of the company. 

One of his main consultancy/advice delivery roles regarded quantitatively identifying educational and training needs of the staff in all departments of the company. He established this via objectively rating skill-sets and expertise status of individual staff, individual departments, and then company as a whole. Accordingly, he formulated and delivered training to both managers and shop-floor workers on managerial, social, environmental and technical aspects e.g. TQM (Total Quality Management); Quality Control (QC); Quality Assurance (QA); Cost of Quality; thermodynamics; combustion and carbon emissions; environmental pollution & impacts; effective communications; and productivity.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT SECTOR 

As a sustainability practitioner, he worked on a research and development project (entitled: SCEnE – Sustainability: Community, Environment and Economy) in a multi-disciplinary team comprising: social scientist, economist, ecologist, physicist, environmental policy maker and himself with environmental science & engineering background. With this team, he provided consultancy on the Welsh headline indicators of sustainable development and the UK’s National Sustainability Strategy to a wide range of companies and organisations from the industrial, service, voluntary, private and public sectors (e.g. engineering, manufacturing, education, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, consultancy, chemicals, retail, service organisations and process industries). 

This was achieved via developing and implementing a holistic, innovative toolkit for assessment and evaluation of sustainability. Based on a detailed scoring system, the toolkit was enabled to objectively integrate a wide-ranging sustainability issues such as: climate change, sustainable energy, land-use, waste, surface and groundwater, soil quality, air emissions, sustainable resources utilisation, biodiversity, ecological footprint and quality of life in general.

Bad Practice and Best Sustainable Practice were defined and then accordingly objectively identified. All the sustainability parameters were not only identified along the three principal dimensions of sustainability (i.e. social/ethical, economic and environmental) but also aggregated into one score in a systematic and categorical manner. Finally, the Welsh Government was reported on the outputs and outcomes of the SCEnE project to inform their sustainability policies. The project was also presented in a report named: Sustainability for Organisations: A Guide to Best Practice in Wales.

While working for the Sustainability Centre of Glasgow, his aforesaid consultancy experience was transformed into the Scottish context i.e. Scotland’s headline indicators of sustainable development. When consulted for revising a practical waste management guide for universities and colleges in the UK, whose author organisation is the Environment Association of Universities and Colleges (EAUC); he formulated recommendations on how the guide can be improved to objectively assess, bench-mark, and evaluate waste management performance of further and higher education (F&HE) establishments. In addition, he advised the top management of the Glasgow Caledonian University on their environmental policy be replaced by sustainability policy which can more readily help generate ‘triple bottom line’ report.

PEER REVIEW / REFEREED INTERNATIONAL JOURNALS

Butt, T. E.; Gouda, H. M.; Alam, A.; Javadi, A. A.; Nunns, M. A.; Allen, T. J. 2017, Baseline study in environmental risk assessment: Escalating need for computer models to be whole-system approach, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science & Technology (CREST), 47(5) 289-313 (IF = 5.79)

Butt, T. E.; Alam, A.; Gouda, H. M.; Paul, P.; Mair, N. 2017, ‘Baseline Study and Risk Analysis of Landfill Leachate – Current State-of-the-Science of Computer Aided Approaches’, Science of the Total Environment, 580: 130-135 (IF = 4.9)

Butt, T. E.; Jones, K. G.; Savić, D. A.; Gorse, C. A.; Hudson, J. P.; Paul, P. 2016, ‘Built Environments and ‘Direct’ Energy Consumption – A conceptual methodology framework to facilitate delivery of the Climate Change Act 2008’, Environmental Engineering and Management Journal (EEMJ), 15 (5) 1155-1171.

Butt, T. E.; Javadi, A. A.; Nunns, M. A.; Beal, C. D. 2016, ‘Development of a Conceptual Framework of Holistic Risk Assessment – Landfill as a particular type of contaminated land’, Science of the Total Environment, 569-570 : 815-829. (IF = 4.9).

Butt, T. E.; Camilleri, M.; Paul, P.; Jones, K. G. 2015, ‘Obsolescence Types and the Built Environment – Definitions and Implications’, J. of Environment and Sustainable Development (IJESD), 14 (1) 20-39.

Butt, T. E.; Gouda, H. M.; Baloch, M. I.; Paul, P.; Javadi, A. A.; Alam, A. 2014, ‘Literature Review of Baseline Study for Risk Analysis’, Environment International, 63, 149-162 (IF = 7.088). 

Butt, T. E.; Heywood, C.; Paul, P.; Jones, K. G. 2014, ‘Sustainability of and Obsolescence in the Built Environment – The two contrary notions’, Sustainability – The Journal of Record, 7 (2) 116-122.

Butt, T. E.; Clark, M.; Umeadi, B. B. N.; Coulon, F. 2012, ‘Risk assessment – encapsulation of both the built and natural environments’, Environmental Technology, 33 (2) 183-190.

Butt, T. E.; Giddings, B. D.; Jones, K. G. 2012, ‘Environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation – CCS technology better having it than not having it at all!’, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, 31 (4) 642-649.

Butt, T. E; Ingles, A. J. D.; Baloch, M. I. 2011, ‘A conceptual model outline for integrated exposure assessment’, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 30 (4) 696-708. 

Butt, T. E; Clark, M.; Coulon, F. 2009, ‘A review of literature and computer models on exposure assessment’, Environmental Technology, 30 (14) 1487-1501.

Butt, T. E.; Lockley, E.; Oduyemi, K. O. K. 2008, ‘Risk Assessment of Landfill Disposal Sites – State-of-the-art’, Waste Management, 28 (6) 952-964 (IF = 4.030).

Butt, T. E.; Davidson, H. A.; Oduyemi, K. O. K. 2008, ‘Hazard Assessment: Part 1 – Literature review’, J. of Risk Assessment and Management (IJRAM), 10 (1/2) 88-108.

Butt, T. E.; Davidson, H. A.; Oduyemi, K. O. K. 2008, ‘Hazard Assessment: Part 2 – A holistic approach’, J. of Risk Assessment and Management (IJRAM), 10 (1/2) 109-129. 

Butt, T. E.; Mair, N.; Oduyemi, K. O. K. 2006, ‘Hazard Identification and Categorisation for Waste Disposal Sites: Part 1 – An integrated approach lacks’, Risk Management, 8 (2) 133-148.

Butt, T. E.; Mair, N.; Oduyemi, K. O. K. 2006, ‘Hazard Identification and Categorisation for Waste Disposal Sites: Part 2 – A computer-aided procedure’, Risk Management, 8 (3) 206-220.

Butt, T. E.; Oduyemi, K. O. K. 2003, ‘A Holistic Approach to Concentration Assessment of hazards in the risk assessment of landfill leachate’, Environment International, 28(7) 597-608 (IF = 7.088).

Crawley, D.; Butt, T. E.; Francis, J.; Nunns, M. A.; Allen, T. J. ‘Facilities Management and Waste Management – Benchmarks and practices need streamlining’, International Research Conference on Shaping Tomorrow’s Built Environment, Salford, England, UK, 11 – 12 September 2017.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES AND SYMPSIUMS PAPERS 

Townsend, R.; Butt, T. E.; Francis, J.; Kwan, J.; Peterson, A. ‘Facilities Management, Obsolescence and Design – The triangular relationship’, International Research Conference on Shaping Tomorrow’s Built Environment; Salford, England, UK, 11 – 15 September 2017.

Evans, P. L.; Francis, J.; Butt, T. E.; Paul, P. ‘Facilities Management of NHS Wales – Standardisation and other implications’, International Research Conference on Shaping Tomorrow’s Built Environment; Salford, England, UK, 11 – 15 September 2017.

Getvoldsen, K. S.; Butt, T. E.; House, C.; and Ferreira, F. In press (Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research – World Sustainability Series), ‘Sustainable Development and Climate Change’, World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research: Implementing the 2030 United Nations (UN) Agenda for Sustainable Development; Hamburg University of Applied Sciences et al; Manchester, England, UK, 05 – 07 April 2017.

House, C.; Jordan, N. L.; Butt, T. E.; Kwan, K. and Alam, A. In press (Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research – World Sustainability Series), ‘Perception versus Skepticism – An environmental communication issue and climate change’, World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research: Implementing the 2030 United Nations (UN) Agenda for Sustainable Development; Manchester, England, UK, 05 – 07 April 2017.

Wakeford, J.; House, C.; Butt, T. E.; Paul, P.; Beal, C. D. In press (Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research – World Sustainability Series), ‘Flood Vulnerability and the three Dimensions of Sustainability Philosophy – An innovative concept design for rapid assessment’, World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research: Implementing the 2030 United Nations (UN) Agenda for Sustainable Development; Manchester, England, UK, 05 – 07 April 2017.

Butt, T. E.; Rudd, L. M.; Phillips, M. R.; Camilleri M. ‘Sustainable Energy or Renewable Energy – Some innovative insights for sustainability and climate change’, ISDRS (International Sustainable Development Research Society) Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 13 – 15 July 2016.

Getvoldsen, K. S.; Butt, T. E.; House, C.; Phillips, M. R. ‘Sustainable Development and the Climate Change Act 2008 – The UK’s residential sector as a case study’, ISDRS (International Sustainable Development Research Society) Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 13 – 15 July 2016.

Butt, T. E.; Phillips, M. R.; Paul, P.; Jordan, N. L. ‘Whole-System Computer-Aided Tool of Holistic Risk Assessment Procedure for Landfill Leachate’, ICRAM (International Conference on Risk Assessment & Management), Amsterdam, Holland, 04 – 05 August 2016. 

Jordan, N. L.; House, C.; Butt, T. E.; Phillips, M. R.; Paul, P. ‘Flood Risks in Scientific and Non-scientific Perspectives – An innovative comparison study’, ICRAM (International Conference on Risk Assessment & Management), Amsterdam, Holland, 04 – 05 August 2016.

Butt, T. E.; Francis, T. J.; Greenwood, D.; Jones, K. G.; Nasir, A. M. ‘The role of BIM in tackling Obsolescence, Climate Change, and Sustainability’, International Conference on Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations, Vol. 149, pp. 555 – 565, Bristol, UK, 9 – 11 September 2015.

Butt, T. E.; Savic D. A.; Beal C. D.; Cullis, M. J.; Jensen, H.; Baloch, M. I., ‘Existing Water Systems – A holistic perspective’, ISDRS (International Sustainable Development Research Society) Conference, Geelong, Australia, 10 – 12 July 2015.

Butt, T. E.; Hudson, J. P.; Ghassemian, M.; Jai-Persad, D.; Jones, K. G., ‘A framework for intelligent information system – reengineering energy consumption in buildings to reduce carbon footprint’, 3rd International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB), Marseilles, France, 1 – 3 June 2011.

Butt, T. E., ‘How the built environment can meet legally binding carbon cut targets with efficient energy consumption – Development of a holistic system as a pragmatic tool’, Thinking creatively: essential to business success, ERDF (European Regional Development Fund)’s FLASH Innovative Programme, London, UK, 14 December 2011.

Butt, T. E. and Jones, K. G., ‘Sustainability of the Built Environment – Development of an intelligent decision system to support management of energy-related obsolescence’, International Conference on Intelligent Decision Technologies (IDT), Vol. 10 (Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies (SIST) book series), pp. 907 – 919, Piraeus-Athens, Greece, 20 – 22 July 2011.

Butt, T. E.; Cooper, J. C. and Jones, K. G., ‘Sustainable obsolescence management – a conceptual unified framework to form basis of an interactive intelligent multimedia system’, International Conference on Intelligent Interactive Multimedia Systems and Services (IIMSS), Vol. 11 (Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies (SIST) book series), pp. 271 – 284, Piraeus-Athens, Greece, 20 – 22 July 2011.

Butt, T. E.; Mair, N. and Ingles, A. J. D. ‘What is a holistic risk assessment and why is it needed?’, IEMA Knowledge Exchange, Manchester, UK, 19 January 2011. 

Butt, T. E.; UMEADI, B. B. N. and Jones, K. G. 2010, ‘Sustainable Development and Climate Change Induced Obsolescence in the Built Environment’, ISDRS (International Sustainable Development Research Society) Conference, Hong Kong, China, 30 May – 1 June.

Butt, T. E.; Giddings, B.; Cooper, J. C.; UMEADI, B. B. N. and Jones, K. G. 2010, ‘Advent of Climate Change and Energy Related Obsolescence in the Built Environment’, 16th Int. Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, Brighton, UK, 5 – 7 May. 

Kiaie, M.; UMEADI, B. B. N.; Butt, T. E. and Jones, K. G. 2010, ‘Challenges to Sustainable Development: how facility managers can apply intelligent monitoring to maintenance’, Conference on sustainable development and scientific research, integration and knowledge-oriented Pars, Pars Special Economic Energy Zone, Assaluyeh, Iran, 6 – 8 January.

Plows, A. J.; Jones, J. M.; Foley, S. A.; Butt, T. E.; and Pomeroy, I. R. 2003, ‘Awareness of Best Practice for Sustainable Development: The feasibility and use of a broad-based sustainability tool by organisations in Wales’, ISDRS (International Sustainable Development Research Society) Conference, Nottingham, UK, p. 353 – 361, 24 – 25 March. 

Butt, T. E. and Oduyemi, K. O. K. 2002, ‘Significance of Exposure Assessment regarding Risk Analysis of Landfill Leachate’, 3rd IWA (Int. Water Association) UK Young Researchers Conference, Nottingham, 17 – 18 April.

Butt, T. E. and Oduyemi, K. O. K. 2000, ‘Significance of Baseline Study in Landfill Risk Assessment’, Risk Analysis II – Second Int. Conf. on Computer Simulation in Risk Analysis and Hazard Mitigation, Bologna, Italy, p. 93 – 103, 11 – 13 October.

His career has both technical as well as non-technical elements which enables him effectively communicate with widely diverse audience ranging from physical to non-physical sciences. In addition to his diverse studies, his career has an unusual combination of professional practice and research (both applied and fundamental) in various sustainability and environmental arenas. He continues brushing up his diverse skill-set and keeps himself abreast of latest developments via a number of ways (examples below). 

Successful Research Proposals / Funds – Totalling > £100k as Principal Investigator, another £100k as co-investigator – GRAND Total > £200k.

  • At the University of Greenwich, he successfully won funds from the HEFCE (Higher Education Funding for England) via the RAE (Research and Enterprise) arm of the University for a research project regarding meeting legal carbon cut targets set by the Climate Change Act (£40,000) – (Principal Investigator).
  • His aforesaid research project, due to particularly relating to the Climate Change Act 2008 and correspondingly reducing ecological/carbon footprint, successfully attracted another £20,000 as a match funding from the FLASH programme of ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) – (Principal Investigator).
  • At the Northumbria University, he obtained ‘Retrofit for future’ – Technology Strategy Board funding, for a sustainable energy related project (£5,000) – (Principal Investigator).
  • At the SCG (Sustainability Centre in Glasgow), ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and SEEKIT funds were successfully achieved for a project regarding sustainability for the UK construction industry. His main contribution was to translate his Welsh Sustainability experience into Scottish Sustainability context (£100, 000). 50% from SEEKIT and the other 50% from ERDF – (Co-investigator).
  • Funds were won by him from the University of Abertay-Dundee to finance designing and development of computer-aided environmental models for hazard and risk assessments (£ 3,700)– (Principal Investigator). Another £1,500 were secured by him to present his developed computer model(s) at an international conference on Computer Simulation in Risk Analysis and Hazard Mitigation. Thus, £5,200 in total – (Principal Investigator).
  • Funds from Dundee City Council (Scotland) and the Abertay Dundee University were successfully secured following his research proposal for his doctorate project on development of a holistic methodology for environmental risk assessment. (£ 30,000) – (Principal Investigator). 

Peer Reviewing for Refereed International Journals

Although he has been invited by editors of numerous international refereed journals to peer-review articles, he has been involved in peer-reviewing these journals:

  1. Science of the Total Environment – Elsevier
  2. Journal of Environmental Management – Elsevier
  3. Journal of Hazardous Materials – Elsevier
  4. Urban Water Journal – the University of Exeter
  5. Waste Management – Elsevier
  6. International Journal of Engineering & Technology
  7. Environmental Engineering & Management Journal
  8. Journal of Environment and Waste Management
  9. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  10. Review papers for various International Conferences 

Professional Training Courses (a few are listed below)

  • “Researcher to Innovator” SETsquared – Partnership of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton & Surrey (10 days).
  • “Research Impact Planning” NEF (New Economics Foundation) Consulting.
  • “Entrepreneurship in Research Context” the Business School of the University of Greenwich, London.
  • “Writing Research Commercialisation Bids” and “The Entrepreneurial Academic” Blueberry Ltd.
  • “Pitching, Boosting Research & Collaboration Opportunities” Enter-Rise Ltd + IP (Intellectual Property) Pragmatics Ltd.
  • “Getting your research into the media”, Media Players International. 
  • “Certificate in Teaching Skills” – University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Swansea, UK (one year).
  • “How to supervise PhD candidates / Postgraduate Students” the University of Greenwich, London (3 days).
  • “Teaching and learning in Higher Education – assessment criteria”, Stage 1 + Stage 2, the University of Exeter, UK (5 days).
  • “Preparing to Teach” the University of Exeter, UK.
  • Level 3 in Teaching “Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)”, the City and Guilds of London Institution (10 days).
  • “Student Tutoring Certificate” Participation in Student Tutoring Programme, UK (2 months).
  • “Train the Trainer” the Staff Development Unit (SDU) of the University of Greenwich, London (2.5 days). 
  • “Project Management in the Real World” Fistral Training and Consultancy Ltd.
  • “Leadership Principles in Practice” the QA Training Ltd.
  • “Helicopter Process Leadership (HPL)” Institute for Sustainability, ERDF’s FLASH (Facilitation, Learning and Sharing) Innovation Programme.
  • “Managing budgets” the QA Ltd.
  • “Understanding People and Conflicts” the QA Ltd.
  • “Interpersonal & Communication Skills Development” UK Research Councils’ Programme (5 days).

Other Activities

  • CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) UK:

Collaborating and participating in refereed publications, workshops, projects and publications regarding e.g. facilities management and obsolescence; climate change perception and scepticism; A ‘manual’ for effective remediation processes for contaminated land; Extreme climate and contaminated land management; Waste management and contaminated land; etc. 

  • North Umbria University (England):

Visiting Scholar / Lecturer on various modern concepts such as BIM (Building Information Modelling); Obsolescence risks; Future proofing; Climate Change mitigation and adaptation informing each other; etc.

  • University of Exeter (England):

Visiting Lecturer on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) including sustainable development and climate change implications. He lectures and develops assignments for both UG and PG students studying in the built environment, civil engineering, construction, and water environment.

Additional Awards / Achievements

  • Best Presentation Award at the 18th ICRAM (International Conference on Risk Assessment & Management), Amsterdam, Holland / Netherlands.
  • Nomination for the Best Lecturer category in the Teaching Award programme (by the Guild Academic Representation) at the University of Exeter.
  • PhD Studentship (Full package – covering all expenses)
  • MSc Commonwealth Scholarship (Full package – covering all expenses)
  • Samaritans - Volunteer Listener (phone, face to face, email, and text).