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Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD) staff have undertaken research and consultancy for over 30 years to create the underlying knowledge and technologies necessary to achieve more energy-efficient and sustainable lifestyles.

The Living Lab ProjectThe Institute employs a multi-disciplinary team of Professors, Lecturers and Researchers - supported by higher degree students - who are respected internationally for the quality of their work. Their disciplines range from mathematics and physics, through engineering, to economics, sociology and psychology. This enables them to lead multi-disciplinary projects that address environmental, economic and social research problems.

The Institute provides a high quality environment for doctoral study and offers an established programme of flexible taught masters courses.


Research Highlights

CREW web tool

Retrofit Advice Tool for Adapting Dwellings to Climate Change

Press release

2011 dmu poster winners

Michael Oates (right one) and Taofeeq Ibn-Mohammed (right two) won 4th and 2nd prizes in the 2011 Poster Competition


Leicester's vision for a low carbon city
27/03/2012- Cllr Rory Palmer

New IESD-ACE joint seminar series to start in October
12/10/2011 - Dr Edmund Chattoe-Brown (PDF)
20/10/2011 - Dr Tom Crompton and Mr Richard Hawkins (slides will be made available here)
17/11/2011 - Professor John Shepherd (PDF)
02/02/2012 - Dr Kate Irvine, Dr Sara Warber, and Melissa Marselle
07/02/2012 - Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer
16/03/2012 - Dr Sarah Darby

District Heating in Leicester a working case study
19/01/2012 - Ian Forsyth and Trevor Chilton

Sustainable School Design and Operation: A Whole School Approach

Graham Law - The Energy Saving Challenges of an Iconic Building

Climate Week logoDMU Climate Week Open Day & "Urban Climate and Energy Use" by Roger Courtney

Green Light logoGreen Light Festival is taking place in Queens Building on Saturday, 10am to 4pm (download programme)
- 12/02/11


Latest news

Urban biodiversity and the feel-good factor

Jim Parker at BS2011IESD delegates went down under!

IESD strengthens links with China

DMU participates in large scale EU International Researcher Exchange Programme

Reader at the IESD becomes journalist

Regional winner in the NEA Footprint Award 2010-11

EU FP7"Engaging Pupils, Teachers and Governors in the Science, Engineering and Technology of ‘Carbon Neutral’ Schools” has been nominated as the regional winner in the NEA Footprint Award scheme 2010-11.

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Inspired to create low-carbon communities

Newcastle sets standards in eco-friendly homes

“Smart Grid Lab for Europe”

IESD staff return from summer of festivals

EU FP7Researchers from the IESD have recently braved a number of weekends in muddy fields across the UK as part of the Face Your Elephant project


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PhD research presented at IEPEC Paris 2010

Retrofit for the future

IESD students won prizes at the 2010 Poster Competition

Poster competition winnersFive PhD students from the IESD participated in the annual DMU Research Degree Students' Poster Competition, and took home four awards. They are Miaomiao He, Stephen Porritt, Divine Novieto, Jim Parker and Michael Roberts.
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Update: More prizes from regional competition

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23/04/2012 DMU studentship available - new closing date: 15/6/2012

16/03/2012 A new professorship post is open to applicants - closing date 4/4/2012

23/01/2012 NERC Case Studentship still available - closing date 27/2/2012

09/12/2011 NERC Case Studentship available

24/08/2011 Visit Dr Andy Wright's blogs at

01/05/2011 IESD is now part of the Faculty of Technology

04/02/2011 Babak Mahdavi joined the CASCADE project as a Research Fellow

26/01/2011 Dr John Mardaljevic's paper was the 'most downloaded' from the Lighting Research & Technology website in 2010

17/01/2011 Dr Sara Warber joined IESD as a Visiting Research Professor

15/01/2011 Dr Peter Mallaburn joined IESD as Reader in Climate Change Policy and Director of Policy

04/01/2011 Dr Nell Chang and Dr Michael Coleman joined IESD



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