Dr Marcella Ucci

Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings
UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Ucci is Co-Investigator in the Active Buildings research project, funded by the School for Public Health Research, through the NIHR, National Institute for Health Research. Uniquely it brings together health behaviour specialists in the UCL’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, with built environment specialists in the UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. The project aims to generate a predictive agent-based model of physical activity within office buildings, to provide practical guidance for designers and organisations about the features that assist in creating work environments that encourage physical activity. Dr Ucci was also Co-Investigator of the network project Welline (Wellbeing and the Indoor Environment), funded by the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme managed by the Medical Research Council. The project addresses how the indoor environment influences chronic disorders affecting the musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and nervous systems, amongst the most prevalent conditions found in the older population. She is also the UCL investigator for the Building Banter project, a unique collaboration between industry and academics, funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It aims to achieve greater energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings through user-centred design. Dr Ucci also co-investigated the Heating and Obesity Trends project (HOT), in collaboration with the UCL’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and funded by the UCL Crucible Centre. The HOT study carried out a multidisciplinary literature review on obesity and temperatures, and a preliminary database search, to establish if there might be any links between obesity and higher indoor winter temperature in Westernised countries. The results are published in ‘Obesity Reviews’, which resulted in considerable media interest.

Previously, Dr Ucci worked on a two-year EPSRC funded research on the environmental control of house dust mites, and on a research project for the ODPM Building Regulations Division (under the Buildings Operational Performance Framework). The project contributed to the development of the Building Regulations (England and Wales), in particular, Part F and L which deal with ventilation and energy.

Dr Marcella Ucci will be speaking at:

WC1 Air quality: what should we be striving for?

22/11/2017 10:00 - 10:45

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