Cluster for Sustainable Cities


Information regarding the Advisory Board to follow.

The quality of our research and activities will be assured through an executive advisory board whose members are representatives of government,
industry and academia.

Research Fellows



The Cluster for Sustainable Cities at the University of Portsmouth welcomes collaboration with key researchers in the interdisciplinary fields of urban design, engineering and sustainable cities. Senior Research Fellows are appointed for 2 years and support the broad research themes within the Cluster, in the context of its Strategic Plan and ongoing research projects.

Prof Ahmed Z.Khan

ULB Brussels 

Dr Ahmed Khan graduated as an architect (in 1995), as urban designer-planner (in 2001) and obtained his PhD in 2008 from the University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium. He was a postdoctoral Research Fellow at MIT (2008-09) and researched in sustainable urbanism at the KUL (2009-12), where he worked on large EU-funded projects. After joining the BATir Department at ULB in Brussels in 2013, he was appointed Chair in Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism. He supervises a wide range of PhD studies in sustainable urbanism. 

Prof David Turnbull

London/Paris/New York 

Prof David Turnbull is Director of ATOPIA, an award winning practice with a specific focus on the development and construction of building types that address global ecological and social challenges. His academic career started in 1989 at The Architectural Association in London while working in the office of James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates, leading major projects in Spain, Japan and Singapore. Since 1990 his appointments include the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professorship at Yale University and Visiting Professorships at the University of Toronto, Columbia University’s GSAPP in New York and at Cornell University. He was Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath from 2000-05 and from 2012 -13, Visiting Professor at The African University of Science & Technology in Abuja, Nigeria; and 2007-2017 Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union in New York. 

Prof Tuba Kocaturk

Deakin University, Australia 

Tuba Kocaturk is a Reader in Digital Architecture. She studied and practiced Architecture in Turkey and holds a PhD degree in Architecture and Building Technology from TUDelft (The Netherlands) where she also worked as a member of the Hyperbody Research Group. She has collaborated with ARUP Amsterdam, ONL Architects (Rotterdam) and Bollinger & Grohmann for the development of a multi-disciplinary Design Decision support tool. She worked as a visiting research fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Centre for Design Informatics in Cambridge (USA). Her research mainly centres upon the use of digital technologies in architectural and urban design. 

Dr Tigran Haas

KTH Centre for the Future of Places, Stockholm 

Dr Tigran Haas is Associate Professor in Planning and Urban Design and Director of the Graduate Studies in Urbanism at KTH; he is also Director of the Centre for the Future of Places (CFP) at the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at KTH in Stockholm. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the MIT and UC Berkeley. His main research interests are in challenges for metropolitan urban regions and contemporary urban paradigms, and he published five books on these topics. 

Prof Steffen Lehmann


Prof Steffen Lehmann, PhD, has been a full Professor of Architecture in Australia and in the UK since Dec. 2002, and is Founding Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities at the University of Portsmouth (UK). Prior to this, for 13 years Steffen was a full professor at leading universities in Australia, where he served in a range of leadership roles. He was a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley, TU Munich (DAAD Professor), TU Berlin, NUS Singapore, Tongji University Shanghai, and in 2018 a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. Steffen graduated from the Architectural Association School in London, and holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and Urbanism at the Technical University in Berlin. 

Dr Luca D’Acci


Dr Luca D'Acci, former Head of Urban Environment at Erasmus University Rotterdam, holds a tenure-track Professorship in Evaluation and Sustainable Development at Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and a licensed Associate Professor. He is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, academic member of the Urban Morphology Research Group, and a researcher at the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.