Rajat Gupta is Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Climate Change, Director of the multi-disciplinary Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and Director of the Low Carbon Building Research Group at Oxford Brookes University. He qualified as an Architect in India, and gained an MSc in Energy Efficient Building (2001) and a Doctorate (2005) from Oxford Brookes University. Rajat is recipient of the inaugural 2006 RIBA President’s award for outstanding research related to DECoRuM, a GIS-based software model, which brings together disparate fields of energy modelling and spatial mapping to create a novel approach for cities and communities to measure, model, map and reduce domestic carbon emissions on an urban scale. In 2013 Rajat was voted as one of 13 international building science stars and joined the Building4Change’s Virtual Academy of Excellence.
Rajat is engaged in research, teaching and knowledge exchange activities focussing on carbon counting and global common carbon metrics, building performance evaluation, and climate change adaptation of buildings. As Principal Investigator, he has won over £6 million in research grants from ESRC, EPSRC, TSB, World Bank, UNEP, RICS and British Council. Currently Rajat is principal investigator (PI) on the £1.14 million RCUK/ESRC-funded EVALOC project (RES-627-25-0012) on evaluating the impacts of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours, leading a team of researchers from Oxford Brookes University and University of Oxford. The EVALOC project was recently profiled as an exemplar in the National Community Energy Strategy. Rajat was also PI on the EPSRC funded SNACC project (EP/G060959/1) on suburban neighbourhood level adaptation for a changing climate with University of West of England and Heriott-Watt University. The findings of SNACC project have influenced Government’s guidance on overheating and national climate change adaptation plan. Previously Rajat was PI on an EPSRC-CASE award (CASE/CNA/06/82) which assessed the possible effects of future domestic heat pump installations on the UK energy supply.
Rajat is also lead academic on 20 Technology Strategy Board funded projects in collaboration with industry, which include: Two projects funded under the Invest in Innovative Refurbishment(IIR) competition; Eight projects under the Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme: Five projects under the Design for future climate: adapting buildings competition; and three projects under the Retrofit for future (RfF) programme. He has also led a TSB funded Future Cities Solutions project to develop a national energy and buildings data platform called COBWEB (Common Building Energy Platform on the Web).
In 2009 Rajat led a World Bank-funded study on ‘decarbonising building stocks in UK, USA and India: a critical evaluation of measurements, benchmarks and strategies’. Between 2010-2012 Rajat was instrumental in developing and pilot-testing the World’s first Global Common Carbon Metric (CCM) for United Nations Environment Programme’s Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI). The CCM protocol has been applied worldwide covering 353km2 of building stock area and it is currently being developed into an ISO standard (ISO/TC59/SC17). One of the Retrofit for future projects in Oxford achieved 80% carbon emission reductions in reality and received nationwide media coverage, whilst the low energy refurbishment of a 1990 terrace in London was awarded the AJ Retrofit award (with Penoyre and Prasad Architects as lead). Another TSB funded (Design for future climate) project has helped to future-proof eco-homes planned for NW Bicester, the UK’s first eco town. Rajat is also co-Director and co-Founder of theEco-Bicester Living Lab initiative (with BioRegional) to capture the learning and innovation that is happening in Bicester and north-west Bicester eco-town.
Rajat has published over 100 research-based publications through refereed journal articles, book, book chapters, published conference proceedings and technical research reports, including a strategic journal paper on the future direction of energy demand research. He is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (Taylor and Francis), Sustainable Cities and Society Journal (Elsevier) and Advances in Building Energy Research (Taylor and Francis).
Rajat has successfully supervised to completion four PhD students (as Director of Studies) and one PhD student (as second supervisor). Since 2011 Rajat has been external examiner to seven PhD students in premier institutions worldwide, including the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India), University of South Australia and University of New South Wales (Australia), University College London and Birmingham City University (UK). Since 10 years Rajat has led the teaching on post-occupancy evaluation of buildings in the MSc Sustainable Building: Performance and Design programme. He also oversees the future development of the programme. He has also been external panel member for validating MSc programmes at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture (UK) in 2012 and the MSc programme in Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design at the University of Bath in 2013.
Rajat is an appointed member of the EPSRC and ESRC peer review colleges. He also advises government at senior level and is on the boards of several key organisations and task groups internationally and nationally. He has advised UNEP on sustainable social housing, UNFCCC on CDM methodology for energy efficiency measures for buildings, UN-Habitat on Green Buildings, and British Council on Cities and climate change. He was a member of the steering group which developed the BSI’s UK PAS 2060 standard on carbon neutrality. Currently Rajat is a steering group member of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) English Housing Survey Modelling group and Zero Carbon Hub Task Groups on Ventilation and Indoor Air quality and Overheating. Since 2012 Rajat is a TSB accredited building performance evaluator on the TSB’s £8m Building Performance Evaluation programme (2011-2014).
Rajat has also convened and chaired four major UK-India conferences (2007-2010) on urban sustainability and low carbon buildings, held in India in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, British Council Delhi, RICS India, and The Commonwealth Association of Surveying and Land Economy (CASLE UK). More recently he was conference chair of the first international conference on Energy and Communities (September 2012) held in Oxford, in collaboration with University of Oxford. Rajat has lectured widely, including University of California, Berkeley, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas in USA, as well a number of premier research Universities in India, such as Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and Centre for Planning and Environment (CEPT) Ahmedabad. Since 2007, he has been a Visiting Fellow in Arizona State University, USA.