Gain insight and help drive sustainable growth in your industry
The Institute for Sustainable Futures (iSF) is one of our three Innovation Institutes at Birmingham City University.

iSF can help businesses and organisations (both public and private) drive innovative regional and international projects, addressing the need for finding sustainable solutions to challenges that affect your organisation. We are currently working with partners in the UK, India and the USA.


With the automotive industry being key to the UK economy, projects such as the reduction of carbon emissions using lightweight material technologies, autonomous vehicle development, energy management and fuel analysis have the ability to transform the industry and generate more business.

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  • Richard Cornish

    Senior Lecturer

    Richards expertise in the field of automotive engineering is vast, having previously worked as a project engineer within mechanical design, as well as working within an advanced control systems department.

  • Laura Leyland

    Associate Professor and Acting Head Centre of Engineering

    Laura has supervised a number of projects, including the design and fabrication of natural fibre composites for a Formula Student car seat. Her areas of expertise include automotive engineering, motorsports technology, mechanical engineering and use of CES software. 

  • Ricardo Sodre

    Senior Lecturer in Automotive Engineering

    Ricardo has coordinated cooperative research and innovation projects with a range of industry partners, including Fiat, Chrysler, Ford and Petrobras. His research interests lie in automotive engineering and power generation, with his research experience based in internal combustion engines, pollutant and CO2 emissions,...

  • Junfeng Yang

    Lecturer in Automotive Engineering

    Junfeng has extensive experience of working in the automotive industry, working with Volvo, Lotus and FAW Group Corporation, as well as the oil and gas industry with BP and Shell. 

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