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Dr Tania Sharmin


Tania is a postdoctoral research associate in the Global Alliance project: Smart Design: Human-centric Planning of Urban Districts. The research focuses on Smart Design to support human-centric planning of urban districts, with an emphasis on health and well-being. This prioritises fundamental human needs over the needs of other agents in the city that compete for status and space, such as cars.

Tania has completed her PhD studies at the University of Cambridge supervised by Professor Koen Steemers.  Her PhD research investigated the impact of urban form on urban micro-climate and how this affected outdoor thermal comfort in public spaces and building energy performance in buildings in a high-density, tropical context. She is a fellow of Schlumberger Foundation ‘Faculty for the Future Award’. She 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. 

Research Interests

Urban microclimate, outdoor thermal comfort, building energy performance, health and well-being at public space

Key Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Paper


Sharmin, T., Steemers, K. & Matzarakis, A., 2017. Microclimatic modelling in assessing the impact of urban geometry on thermal urban environment. Sustainable Cities and Society, Journal impact factor: 1.777

Sharmin, T., Steemers, K. & Matzarakis, A., 2015. Analysis of microclimatic diversity and outdoor thermal comfort perceptions in the tropical megacity Dhaka, Bangladesh. Building and Environment, 94 (November), pp.734–750. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.10.007. Journal impact factor: 4.053

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

Sharmin, T., Kabir, S. and Rahman, M., (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. & Steemers, K., 2017. Understanding ENVI-met (V4) model behaviour in relation to environmental variables. In PLEA 2017 Edinburgh - 33th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Design to Thrive. Edinburgh.

Sharmin, T. & Steemers, K., 2016. Responsiveness of microclimate simulation tool in recognising diversity in urban geometry. In PLEA 2016 Los Angeles - 32th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments. Los Angeles.

Sharmin, T. & Steemers, K., 2015. Use of microclimatic models for evaluating thermal comfort: Identifying the gaps. In CISBAT International Conference Proceedings, Lausanne, Switzerland, 9-11 Sept. 2015. pp. 1–5. doi:10.5075/epfl-cisbat2015-895-900.

Sharmin, T. and Steemers, K., (2015). Exploring the effect of microclimate 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. & Steemers, K., 2014. Harmonious accordance of indoor-outdoor thermal comfort and building energy performance by ameliorating urban microclimate in different urban block types in tropical climate. In IC2UHI - International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island, Venice, Italy, October 13-15, 2014. Venice, pp. 81–91.

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. & Gichuyia, L., 2013. Impact of canyon geometry upon urban microclimate : In CISBAT International Conference Proceedings, Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-6 Sept. 2013. Lausanne, pp. 1–5. doi:10.5075/epfl-infoscience-190601.

Hashemi, A., Sunikka-Blank, M., Mohareb, E., Vakhitova, T., Dantsiou, D., Ben, H. & Sharmin, T. 2016. Performance Gap? Energy, health and comfort needs in buildings: In ZEMCH 2016 - 5th International Conference on Zero Energy Mass Customised Housing, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20th - 23rd December 2016.