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Tania Sharmin

Tania Sharmin

Tania Sharmin

St. Edmund’s College

Research Area: Urban microclimate, outdoor thermal comfort and building energy use: the case of Dhaka

Supervisor: Prof Koen Steemers


­­­Tania Sharmin holds a B.Arch from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and MA in International Planning and Sustainable Development from the University of Westminster, London. Her Masters study was funded by Commonwealth Scholarships. She is a fellow of Schlumberger Foundation ‘Faculty for the Future Award’.

Research Interests

Tania’s PhD research focuses on integrating indoor and outdoor thermal comfort by ameliorating urban microclimate. She is particularly interested in tropical warm-humid high density cities in developing countries. She is examining outdoor thermal conditions with a high resolution micro-climatic model: ENVI-met. The idea is to incorporate outdoor microclimatic information to inspect indoors by IES-VE, a building simulation tool. Her other research interests include occupants’ and pedestrians’ behaviour and building energy performance.

Tania is currently the seminar coordinator of the Martin Centre Research Seminars as well as the GreenBRIDGE Society at the University of Cambridge. She is also a member of the Editorial Committee for the Scroope 24: Cambridge Architectural Journal. Recently, she was elected executive committee member (Family Officer) at the CR of St. Edmund’s College.

Key Publications

Journal Paper

Sharmin,T., Steemers, K., Matzarakis, A., (2015). Analysis of micro-climatic conditions and outdoor thermal comfort perceptions in the tropical megacity Dhaka, Bangladesh. Building and Environment, Available online 11 November 2015, ISSN 0360-1323,

Sharmin, Tania.,(2011).A Comparative Study of Sustainable Urban Forms: Compact City and Short Cycle Strategy, AIUB Journal of Science and Engineering.10(1)

Sharmin Tania et al., (2012). A study of thermal comfort in outdoor urban spaces in respect to increasing building height in Dhaka, AIUB Journal of Science and Engineering.11(1)

Peer reviewed Conference Paper

Sharmin,T. and Steemers, K., (2015). Use of microclimate models for measuring theoretical comfort: identifying the gaps. CISBAT International Conference Proceedings, Lausanne, Switzerland, 9-11 Sept. 2015.

Sharmin,T. and Steemers, K., (2015). Exploring the Effect of Micro-climate Data on Building Energy Performance Analysis. SuDBE – 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development in Building and Environment, University of Reading, UK, July 27-29, 2015.

Sharmin,T. and Steemers, K., (2014). Harmonious accordance of indoor-outdoor comfort and building energy performance by ameliorating urban microclimate in different urban block types in tropical climate. IC2UHI - International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island, Venice, Italy, October 13-15, 2014.

Sharmin,T. and Steemers, K., (2013). Effect of Canyon Geometry on Outdoor Thermal Comfort: a Case-study of High-density, Warm-humid Climate. PLEA2013 - 29th International Conference Proceedings: Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany. 10-12 September 2013.

Sharmin, T. and Linda, G. (2013).Impact of Canyon Geometry upon Urban Microclimate: A Case Study of High- Density, Warm-Humid Climate, CISBAT International Conference Proceedings, Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-6 Sept. 2013.