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.


Improving the environmental and social impact of buildings, including public housing, through zero carbon construction, Business Information Modelling (BIM), fuel poverty, energy management and energy-saving initiatives.

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  • David Boyd

    Director of the Centre for Environment and Society Research

    David has a background in engineering, but is better known for his management insights of the industry. He has researched and designed solar heating schemes for housing estates, as well as developing a model of projects in the industry as complex adaptive sociotechnical systems. He has completed research on construction...

  • Franco Cheung

    Associate Professor in Quantity Surveying

    Franco is an experienced quantity surveyor and active researcher specialising in cost modelling and forecasting techniques. Coming from a professional background with experience in consulting, contracting and developing, he develops his knowledge expertise in the areas of risk analysis, building information modelling (BIM)...

  • James Gaytten

    Senior Lecturer

    James is an architectural technologist with 30 years’ post-qualification experience, and joined the University in 2008. James is also a CIAT Pop assessor, and his areas of expertise lie in construction technology, sustainable development, computer-aided design, and commercial technology and service. 

  • Ljubomir Jankovic

    Professor of Zero Carbon Design

    Current activity: In a career spanning three decades, Lubo has worked as an academic, researcher and practitioner on instrumental monitoring, dynamic simulation and environmental building design. He established the Zero Carbon Lab research group, conducts research into design of new and retrofit of existing buildings into...

  • Professor Peter Larkham

    Professor of Planning

    Peter Larkham is Professor of Planning at the University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment. He teaches on the BSc (Hons) courses in Building Surveying, Property Development and Planning, and Real Estate, as well as the MA Planning Built Environments and the Postgraduate Certificate in...

  • Erika Pärn

    Architectural Technology Lecturer

    Erika gained first-hand industrial experience while being employed by several architectural practices. She worked on a range of international commercial projects, and was an early advocate of project implementation through building information modelling (BIM).  Erika is currently working on a case study of impact for REF2020...

  • David Proverbs

    Associate Dean (International)

    Current activity: David provides leadership, as well as strategic and operational management, in relation to the development and implementation of the Faculty’s international strategy. He is the editor of the International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, and a member of the editorial board for the CIOB...

  • Antony Taft

    Senior Lecturer

    Antony spent over 33 years in the construction industry, working for local authorities, developers, civil engineering consultants and on social development projects in Nigeria. His experience of project management includes the on and off-site infrastructure for commercial and housing developments up to £50 million,

  • Niraj Thurairajah

    Senior Lecturer

    Niraj Thurairajah is a Senior Lecturer at the  School of Engineering and the Built Environment . He has vast knowledge in  Architectural Technology ,  Building Surveying ,  Construction Management ,  Quantity Surveying  and  Real Estate .

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