Director, Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and Low Carbon Building Research Group, Oxford Brookes University
Rajat Gupta is Director of the multi-disciplinary Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and Low Carbon Building Research Group at Oxford Brookes University (UK). He holds a senior professorial chair in sustainable architecture and climate change. Rajat’s research interests lie in decarbonising the building sector through energy efficiency, renewables and smart energy systems; local energy mapping for scaling up energy retrofits; and climate change adaptation with a focus on monitoring and modelling the risk of building overheating. As Principal Investigator (PI) he has won over £13 million in research grants from UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC, NERC), Innovate UK and EU to investigate these subjects. Rajat is Co-Investigator on a NERC funded nationwide study on climate resilience of care settings (ClimaCare). Previously he was leader of a Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) funded study on ‘Care provision fit for a future climate’. Rajat is Principal Investigator (PI) of a £1.3 million EPSRC-DST Newton Fund sponsored RESIDE project on residential building energy demand reduction in India (2017-2023). He is also Co-Investigator on the £9 million EPSRC EnergRev project on scaling up smart local energy systems and PI of the £382k EPSRC EnergyREV Plus project on smart energy tools for enhancing user engagement in local energy projects. He is also lead academic on the Innovate UK £15.2 million smart local energy system demonstrator, Local Energy Oxfordshire (2019-2023). Rajat is currently advising UK's Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on overheating in buildings and has been an adhoc member of DEFRA’s Air Quality Expert Group.