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School of the Built Environment

Oxford Brookes University

Gipsy Lane

Oxford OX3 0BP UK

New Leadership Team for UK’s Largest Sustainable Development Research Institute

January 2007

Left to right: Dr Bridget Durning (OISD research manager), Professor Ray Ogden, Professor John Glasson, Professor Tim Dixon, Dr Katie Williams and Dr Elizabeth Burton.
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The country’s largest institute dedicated to research on sustainable development for the built environment has announced its new leadership team.

The built environment is a major contributor to carbon emissions and Oxford Brookes University has made research on sustainable development in this area one of its key priorities.

The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD), based at Oxford Brookes University, this month appointed Professors Tim Dixon and Ray Ogden as co-directors (alongside Professor John Glasson, existing co-director and founding director) and Drs Katie Williams and Elizabeth Burton as Associate Directors. Professor Mike Jenks, founding director, will continue to advise the new team.

The Institute already attracts more than £1.6m of external income and has six research groups encompassing architecture, planning and real estate and construction.

Tim Dixon joined the Department of Real Estate at Oxford Brookes in October 2005 as Professor of Real Estate. Professor Ray Ogden is deputy head of the architecture department. Katie Williams and Elizabeth Burton are also based in the Department of Architecture.

Professor John Raftery, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Built Environment said: “Research into sustainable development is fundamental to our future. The new leadership team have outstanding reputations for their research and work with industry and government.   Under their leadership I fully expect to see the institute go from strength to strength in its quest to find innovative solutions to climate change and related challenges of sustainability in the built environment.”

Professors Tim Dixon and Ray Ogden, new co-directors of OISD said: “Key questions we will be looking into over the next two years include how can we reconcile the real tensions that exist between economic growth and environmental impact in our towns and cities, and how can we design sustainably for future generations and inclusively for an ageing population in order to build truly sustainable communities. We will need new technologies to advance sustainable building design, and that will also be a key feature of our ongoing research programme.”

Professor John Glasson (co-director and founding director) and Professor Mike Jenks (founding director), said:

“We want to use this opportunity to sharpen the focus of what is already a leading research institute.  Constructing, occupying and managing buildings produces 50% of UK carbon emissions, we have some tough choices to take, and our research will focus strongly on these and related issues.”

Notes to editors:

Oxford Brookes University is a leading modern university with a reputation for innovation, high quality education and research and strong links to industry. It currently has just over 18,000 students, including those who are UK-based open/distance learners, on UK franchised courses or part-time.

The Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) - one of two new flagship Research Institutes for Oxford Brookes University - was established in July 2004. It provides the framework for a new approach and new impetus to research activities and aims to raise the profile of sustainable development research, by developing concepts, informing policy making, contributing to enhanced stakeholder participation, and developing innovative approaches. OISD has a commitment to turning sustainable development ideas into reality. The focus is primarily, but not solely, on the built environment, and on the multiple dimensions of sustainable development (social, economic, environmental and governance) and on the synergies between them. Making a contribution to sustainable communities and quality of life is an important objective for OISD and for all its research groups.

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