My current research interests are in engineering practice and environmental life cycle assessment (LCA).
The field of engineering practice focuses on what engineers do and the contexts in which they practice. Engineering practice has the potential to inform how and what is taught in engineering, both in the workplace and at institutions.
My research on engineering practice is focused on understanding how engineering practice is changing in response to a suite of factors, including technology and socio-economics. Despite advanced in engineering practice research, very little is known about how and why engineering practice has changed.
I am leading The BeLongEng Project across multiple institutions. The aim of the BeLongEng project is to provide evidence for policy and change in engineering practice and education. Through this project, the BeLongEng team will track the practices and contexts of a cohort (panel) of individual engineers over time, using a prospective longitudinal cohort approach. It is anticipated that this project will provide evidence into how and why engineering practice is changing, leading to a more responsive and productive learning and workplace ecosystem.
My life cycle assessment research focuses on understanding the environmental performance of new material systems, and waste management systems.