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PhD Student Stavroula K. Koutroumpi MArch MSc MPH ARB RIBA

PhD Student   Stavroula K. Koutroumpi, MArch MSc MPH ARB RIBA

EPSRC Researcher Behaviour and Building Performance Group (BBP)

Hospital architecture

Environmental engineering

Natural ventilation

Occupants’ behaviour

Global Health

Global South

Climate change


Biography:

I have a background in sustainable urbanism (MSc Dist., UCL 2013), environment and public health (MSc, LSHTM 2012) and architecture (Dip. Arch. Eng., NTUA 2008). Prior to joining academia in the UK, I worked as an architect and urban designer in diverse projects ranging from private houses to regeneration projects. 

Research Interests

My research interests are located at the interface between advanced buildings’ environmental performance, occupants’ behaviour and well-being with a particular focus on hospital design, passive cooling and thermal comfort in the tropics. My PhD project, supervised by Professor Alan Short, engages for the first time in the mixed-method and real-time study of thermal comfort in occupied, operational and naturally ventilated tropical Nightingale wards. Based on extensive on-site research in Freetown’s Connaught Hospital (Sierra Leone), the project elucidates how dynamic linkages between clinical practises, the ambient environment and occupants’ adaptive capacity contribute to transient thermal comfort sensations, perceptions and aspirations. The project aims at the development of a toolkit that integrates structural controls for passive cooling with cultural aspects of behavioural adjustments in clinical settings, and it will help architects, engineers and policymakers to tackle the impacts of climate change on the fragile healthcare infrastructures in the Global South. My research has been funded by the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Wellcome Trust, and the Smuts Memorial Trust.