CNRE's PhD Candidate has been selected as a member of Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort

19 March 2021

Fatma Abdelaal, a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury, has been selected by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) to be one of 26 rising-star researchers of the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort.

  • Fatma Abdelaal

Fatma Abdelaal, a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury, has been selected by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) to be one of 26 rising-star researchers of the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort.

Based in 25 ACU member institutions across 16 countries, researchers of the cohort have expertise in a range of areas, including environmental finance, built environment, marine toxicology, media and communication, plant biology, mitigation, adaption and disaster management. This diverse cohort will work together, and with experts from across the Commonwealth, to identify opportunities to engage and influence on issues of climate and environment in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November 2021.

“I am so excited to be representing the University of Canterbury at the COP26 and contributing to the New Zealand Climate Action Plan!”

Fatma is an Architectural Engineer and she holds a Master of Science in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University, majoring in Environmental Design and Building Science & Technology. In her PhD, Fatma focuses on integrating Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Whole Building LCA for Green Building Rating Systems. The ultimate goal of this research is to enhance sustainable buildings design and assessment and to reduce buildings environmental impacts.

Along with academic research, Fatma enjoys working closely with the industry as she believes that the applicability of academic research in industrial practice matters. Last year, she worked with the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) on managing green building certifications and providing technical support and guidance to the industry.

“Many thanks to the ACU for this wonderful opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with my fellow researchers to accelerate climate action across the Commonwealth and beyond!”

 


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