Professor Rajat Gupta
Rajat Gupta is Director of the multi-disciplinary Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development and Low Carbon Building Research Group at Oxford Brookes University, where he also holds senior professorial chair in sustainable architecture and climate change. He developed the RIBA award-winning DECoRuM model for carbon mapping communities. Rajat’s research interests lie in evaluating building performance from a socio-technical perspective, local energy mapping, smart energy systems and scaling up energy retrofits.
As Principal Investigator (PI), Rajat has won over £12 million in research grants to investigate these subjects. Rajat was PI of the EPSRC/Innovate UK funded Whole Life Performance Plus (WLP+) project that developed innovative methods to investigate the link between indoor environment and workplace productivity. Rajat has also been academic lead of major interdisciplinary research projects on evaluating the impacts of low carbon communities using action research (ESRC/EPSRC energy and communities EVALOC project, £1.37 million), smart storage of solar electricity (Innovate UK ERIC project, £1.2 million) and integration of renewables in communities (Innovate UK LEMUR project). He is currently PI of £1.5 million UK-India EPSRC-DST project on residential energy reduction in India (RESIDE), Co-I of EPSRC EnergyREV Consortium on smart local energy systems (SLES) and lead academic in the Innovate UK funded £13.8 million SLES demonstrator - Local Energy Oxfordshire (LEO). Rajat has published widely, including strategic journal papers on future direction of energy demand research and evaluation of an innovative retrofit programme. He is a member of EPSRC and ESRC peer review colleges.