Dr Stephen Allen

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Job title: Lecturer
Division: Architecture and Civil Engineering
Organisation: University of Bath
Tags: Early Career Forum, Engineering, Researcher, University of Bath
Related theme: Engineering

Dr. Stephen Allen is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Architecture and Civil  Engineering at the University of Bath. He is an engineer focused on energy and sustainability in the built environment, with professional experience across academia, industry and public policy. He has worked as the Energy Adviser at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in Westminster, and as a consultant in industry. Stephen is a joint recipient of the George Stephenson Prize from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2009) for one of his journal publications, and a member of the Early Career Forum of EPSRC’s Engineering Theme.

Stephen’s research contributes to the production of more sustainable buildings and infrastructure. This is essential to tackle climate change and to meet the needs of a growing global population. Specific interests include building performance analysis for energy-efficiency improvement, and the application of life cycle thinking in the design and management of buildings.

In 2009, Stephen received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath, for a thesis on thermodynamic and carbon performance of micro-generation for buildings. His doctoral and post-doctoral research formed part of the EPSRC-led SUPERGEN consortium of highly distributed power systems, a national and inter-disciplinary collaboration among leading universities and companies. In 2012, he was invited to attend the International Visitor Leadership Programme to the USA, a prestigious professional exchange focused on renewable energy and climate change.

His publications have been used by government ministers, MPs, select committees and the Committee on Climate Change, supporting the development and scrutiny of energy policy. They have also been used by professional magazines (such as Professional Engineering and Architectural Technology) to inform debate and practice in industry. Over six years as a senior consultant and then director at companies in Bristol, he helped companies to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings, rail transport and consumer products. He is conversationally fluent in Spanish.