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An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

What I do:

Dr. Ronita Bardhan is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Built Environment at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge. She believes that data-driven intelligence of built environments can effectively address sustainability goals and policies. Her research focuses on data-driven design for built environments that respond by reducing health and energy burdens in the warming climate. Bardhan combines architectural engineering, AI and machine learning with social sciences to develop built environment design solutions. Bardhan established the research lab - Sustainable Design Group at the university. Her impactful work on developing design solutions for reducing the burdens of tuberculosis, respiratory disease from poor indoor air quality, heat health and in slum rehabilitation housing has received immense traction from policymakers. She currently advises government agencies on energy efficiency and heat health in affordable housing. Bardhan was awarded the Exceptional Woman of Excellence Awards by Women Economic Forum and has been felicitated by the Ministry of Health, Government of Maharashtra, India for her contribution to urban health, housing and climate change.

Dr Bardhan has led research projects in India, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa.


Research Interests:

  • Decarbonising the built environment
  • Sustainable Design (Slum Rehabilitation Housing)
  • Digital Tools for Health and Energy behaviour insights
  • Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence; Computer Vision
  • Urban Modeling & Spatial Analysis
  • Building Performance: Simulation; Energy Efficiency



Associate Professor of Sustainable Built Environment
Not available for consultancy