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Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

A part-time Master's course from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Studying at Cambridge

Socio-technical research in construction

research areas 2

The physical built environment is inescapably linked with the people who regulate, design, construct and inhabit it.  Socio-technical research in construction combines theories and methods from the disciplines of sociology and psychology with technical expertise in engineering and architecture, in order to better understand the symbiotic relationships within the complex web of technologies, buildings and people. 

Expertise and IDBE interests in this area include:

  • Gender in construction and the built environment professions – Alice Moncaster
  • Qualitative analysis of big data – Elanor Warwick
  • Smart societies – David Arkell
  • Social impacts on construction decisions -  Alice Moncaster
  • Social Practice Theory in energy-efficient building research – Ray Galvin
  • Stakeholder engagement – Kayla Friedman, Maria Christina Georgiadou, Alice Moncaster

Selected publications:

  • Fitton S.L., Moncaster A. and Guthrie P. (2014) Investigating the perspectives of social value for a flood alleviation scheme, Athens Journal of Social Sciences 1 (4) pp 247-260
  • Fitton S.L., Moncaster A. and Guthrie P. (2014) Flood alleviation design: adopting a social perspective. 6th International Conference on Flood Management - ICFM6 “Floods in a changing Environment”, 16-18 September 2014, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Moncaster A M (2013) The impact of procurement processes on the sustainability of school buildings, Proceedings of SB13 Munich, 24-26 April, Munich, Germany
  • Moncaster A M et al (2010) A key issue: knowledge exchange between academia and industry, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Engineering Sustainability, 163 (3), pp 167 –174
  • Vakhitova T, Pelenur M, Guthrie P, Friedman K, Parkinson A, Georgiadou MC, He JY, Yi J, Mubarak-Chodorge G, Konaris T and Moncaster AM (2013). Barriers to energy efficiency in the built environment and the interventions needed to overcome them. University of Cambridge, Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment (EEBE) Research Programme
  • Moncaster A M, Hinds D, Cruickshank H, Guthrie PM, Crishna N, Baker K, Beckmann K and Jowitt PW (2010) A key issue: knowledge exchange between academia and industry, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Engineering Sustainability, 163 (3), pp 167 –174