Our sustainability experts

The future of the environment is the responsibility of us all. We're proud to say that our sustainability experts are helping to understand and reduce the effects of climate change.

Our sustainability experts are leading the way in the fields of energy, bioproducts, and emissions research, helping to reduce the impacts that climate change is having on the world around us.

Dr Abed Alaswad

Dr Alaswad is a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and an active researcher in the Sustainable Energy and Transport research group and a member of the Research Strategy Group in Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI).

His research as related to modelling and evaluation of renewable energy systems has been contributing to several funded research projects with international partners in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. He is an Editorial Board Member for the Science of the Total Environment (IF: 7.963).


Lucy Bastin

A Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, Dr Bastin’s research includes interdisciplinary collaborations with microbiologists, conservationists, economists and town planners.

Her work on the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission combined software development and remote sensing experience to publish a range of sustainability and biodiversity indicators for use by policy- and decision-makers. DOPA was used by the Convention on Biological Diversity to develop 196 country data dossiers identifying focussed actions for the implementation of Aichi targets 11 and 12.

Lucy Bastin


Katie Chong

Katie is EBRI Director of Research Outputs and a lecturer in Chemical Engineering. Katie has a particular interest in the thermochemical conversion of biomass and wastes, biorefinery process synthesis and techno-economic evaluation.

In particular Katie likes to make techno-economic and environmental assessment data more accessible for the non-expert, and she has a passion for climate change education. Katie has 19 years experience in the commercial and academic sectors working on bioenergy and process optimisation.

Katie Chong


Prasanta Dey

Dr Prasanta Dey is a professor of Operations Management at Aston Business School. His current research includes circular economy adoption in industries to tackle climate change issues. He leads European Regional Development Funded project entitled ‘Low carbon SMEs’ to facilitate SMEs in the UK to achieve lower carbon footprint. He is also facilitating CE adoption in India, Mexico, Thailand and Vietnam.

His Horizon 2020 EU funded project entitled ‘India H2O’ is facilitating implementation of energy efficient desalination technology in semi-arid rural side of India through closed loop supply chain design and operations. Using Institutional link funding and Global Challenge Resource Funding of ESRC Prasanta has recently accomplished ‘Waste to wealth and health’ project in collaboration with Meru University of Science and Technology, Kenya to solve sanitation issue in Kenya. He is the editor in chief of International Journal of Energy Sector Management. 

Prasanta Dey


Sotos Generalis

Dr Generalis is a Reader in the mathematics department at Aston University. Some of his work includes publications into a new Ventilated doubly glazed window based on turbulent interactions and how brine water can be used for cooling ad the salt production in wind-driven seawater and greenhouses. 

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Dr Alan Goddard

Dr Alan Goddard's research interests focus around membrane proteins and the lipid membranes in which they reside. He is an expert in biotechnology and leads the Membrane project which is addressing the global need for sustainable bio-based products by engineering cell factories tolerant to product toxicity. Visit membrane.org.uk for more information

Dr Goddard is working with Monash University, Australia and Danang University, Vietnam, to create a blueprint for biotechnological knowledge transfer during a pandemic. For more information about this project please visit their website: www.bioknot.org.uk

Dr Alan Goddard


Graeme Hayes

Dr Hayes is the Head of Department for Sociology and Policy at Aston University. His research focuses primarily on environmental social movements, particularly civil disobedience and protest tactics.

Grame Hayes


Andy Lymer

A professor in accounting, he researches and teaches in the fields of taxation (UK, comparative and international taxation), of personal finance (financial education/literacy/capability and financial wellbeing) and information systems (particularly the use and impact of the internet).

You can watch Professor Lymer talk 'pensions' for Aston Originals HERE.

Andy Lymer


Ying Miao

Ying's research is about inequality at its heart, especially inequalities in sustainable development. She pays particular attention to socioeconomic deprivation in the context of decarbonisation and pollution reduction strategies, and how technological advancements in these areas need to be considered with wider sociopolitical implications.

She is currently working on a multidisciplinary EPSRC/NERC-funded project aiming to develop sustainable district heating systems, while addressing socioeconomic barriers and constraints in the uptake of community-based heating networks.

Ying Miao


Tim Miller

Tim the Director of Engagement at the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) and works alongside the academic and research teams to set up and develop the sustainability projects.

Tim Miller


Jude Onwudili

Dr Jude Onwudili is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering. Dr Onwudili is an experienced researcher, having worked on a number of EPSRC-funded and industrially-funded research projects on catalytic and non-catalytic thermochemical (hydrothermal, combustion, pyrolysis and gasification) processing of biomass, plastics, algae and municipal solid wastes for the production of fuels, chemicals and materials.

He is currently developing and leading a Sustainable Chemicals Laboratory at the European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University. His research interests include hydrothermal processing of biomass and organic wastes; Catalysis & applied catalysis for fuel & chemicals; Thermochemical (pyrolysis, liquefaction and gasification) conversion of biomass, algae and plastic waste; Valorisation of solid wastes; CO2 utilization; Wastewater treatment; Environmental pollution control.

Jude Onwudili


Mirjam Roeder

Mirjam is an associate Professorial Research Fellow at the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University and leads on the Topic Group Systems in the Supergen Bioenergy Hub. Her research interests focus on bioenergy and related sustainability implications, bioenergy in the context of global challenges and development and the role of bioenergy systems in climate change mitigation including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage/utilisation (BECCS/U).

By training Mirjam is an agricultural engineer with a focus on SSA countries, rural development and gender studies.

Mirjam Roeder


Ricardo Sodre

Dr Ricardo Sodre is a Reader and Head of Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Engineering at Aston University, where he leads the Sustainable Energy and Transport (SET) research group. With a large experience and a long list of research projects and publications on internal combustion engines, automotive pollutant emissions, biofuels, hydrogen energy and electric vehicles, his current research interests lie in the fields of battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles. 

Ricardo Sodre


Patricia Thornley

Professor Patricia Thornley is the director of the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University. Professor Thornley works in assessing the environmental, economic and social impacts of renewable energy technologies, particularly bioenergy systems. She has experience of working in the commercial sector in power generation as well as in academia. She leads the EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy hub (www.supergen-bioenergy.net) and is editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Biomass and Bioenergy.

You can watch Professor Thornley talk about 'Energy Day' ahead of COP26 HERE.

Patricia Thornley


Professor Tim Baines

Professor Tim Baines specialises in the realisation of competitive manufacturing operations. He works extensively across the disciplines of management and engineering, is highly active in postgraduate and executive teaching and supervision, has a strong track record of raising research funding, and has consistently published his work in the leading journals of his field.

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Dr Ahmad Beltagui

Dr Ahmad Beltagui's research focuses on design, services and digital technology. He has experience of research with and about businesses in relation to three main topics:

1. Design-driven innovation and human-centred design applied to social and business challenges.

2. Services, including service experience design and the transformation of manufacturing through Advanced Services.

3. 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, including how these technologies are applied by designers, businesses and ordinary members of the public as well as their integration with other digital technologies (such as AI and blockchain).

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Dr Ali Ziaee Bigdeli

Dr Ziaee Bigdeli is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Industrial Service Innovation at the Advanced Services Group, the centre of excellence in research and practice on servitization and advanced services within Aston Business School, Aston University. His interests lie in the organisational change and business model innovation brought about when companies move towards providing outcome-based offerings rather than just selling products on a transactional basis, or servitization.

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Yuchun Xu 

Professor Yuchun Xu is the Chair in Manufacturing, leader of two interdisciplinary research themes Digital Engineering , and Circular Economy at Aston University. He works on Smart Manufacturing, Remanufacturing & Life Cycle Engineering, Cost Modelling, Decision Making and Optimisation. Prof Yuchun Xu has active research on reducing the demands and consumption of resources in industry by adopting digital technologies to optimise life extension strategies, such as remanufacturing, repair, reconditioning, and refurbishment.

Yuchun Xu