School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Dr Ksenia Chmutina MA, PhD

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Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism

Ksenia's first degree is in International Relations during which she spent one year in China and Japan as an exchange student. She then did her MA in International Relations in Chinese campus  of  the University of Nottingham. After that, Ksenia came to the UK to do her PhD which focused on the evaluation of energy efficiency policies for commercial buildings in China. Following her graduation she was employed as a Researcher there, and then joined Loughbourough University as a Research Associate. Her main research interest is in synergies of resilience and sustainability in the built environment, including holistic approach to enhancing resilience to natural and human-induced threats, and a better understanding of the systemic implications of sustainability and resilience under the pressures of urbanisation and climate change. She has an extensive experience of working on RCUK and EU-funded projects that focused on resilience and sustainability of urban spaces.

Broad interests and activities

  • resilience
  • sustainability 
  • climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • energy efficiency policies
  • energy systems
  • renewable energy
  • post-occupancy evaluation


Research interests 

  • resilience
  • urban energy systems
  • energy savings in buildgins
  • energy efficiency
  • sustainablity
  • policy 
  • building regulations 

Research projects

  • UK - India SMArt CitIES Network for Sustainable Urban Futures (SMARTIES Net) 

In a rapidly urbanising world where more than 50% of the global population lives in cities, the way in which cities are planned, built, operated and redeveloped has increasing social, environmental and economic importance. The concentration of people in cities continues to grow and is anticipated to double by 2050 driven by internal and external economic mobility, and migration from rural environments and global conflict zones putting direct stress on housing, infrastructure and services. Governments and city governors are increasingly developing city visions which identify long- term goals for IT (connectivity/'smart' systems/digital services), infrastructure (housing /transport /water/waste/energy/goods/food) and development (green growth/livelihood improvements) but urban sustainability is challenged by social (poverty/cohesion/inclusion/diversity), environmental (extreme weather/tectonics/disease outbreaks) and economic (recession/declining labour market/oil price fluctuations) factors which frequently operate on shorter timescales and which can impact severely on cities, urban ecosystems and people. To achieve sustainable solutions to these challenges requires innovative thinking and multidisciplinary teams of talented researchers who can develop novel approaches in partnership with communities and stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally. This project brings together such a team from the UK and India to create a SMARt ciTIES Network which will develop future thinking and new approaches to increase the sustainability of selected cities in both countries. Through networking events, workshops and entrepreneur competitions we will focus on addressing the big issues faced by urban planners and governors including traffic congestion, affordable housing, the provision of accessible, resilient and future-proof infrastructure for clean water and sanitation, transport and energy, and waste management and recycling while ensuring all citizens have equal access to and participation in a city life which is safe, secure, inclusive, healthy and desirable. 

Previous research projects

Evolving Concepts of Security (EvoCS): EvoCS deals with the evolving concept of security and has a focus on the European Union and its close neighbours. The project aims at providing a holistic view on the complex and somewhat diffuse concept of security by evaluating it across four dimensions: core values, perceptions of security, areas of security and time.

Designing Safer Urban Spaces (DEURBS): A multi-disciplinary FP7 project aimed at developing a series of tools, accessible through an interactive decision support portal, to assist urban stakeholders to plan, design, manage and maintain safer urban spaces.

Challenging Lock-in through Urban Energy Systems (CLUES): CLUES project aims to assess critically the development of decentralised energy systems in urban areas in the light of the need to achieve national decarbonisation goals to 2050 and broader urban sustainability goals. It examines various urban energy systems that might be applicable in the UK through national and international case studies. It further considers the issues raised by the need for such initiatives in the UK to integrate with energy systems at urban, regional and national scales in order to deliver energy and carbon reductions effectively.

• Visiting lecturer for the Public Policy for Renewable Energy” for MSc in Renewable Energy Management , University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

• Guest lecturer for the Chevening Young Leaders Programme, organized by the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham (2010-2013)

• Articles, books and ESRC proposal reviewer