Kate Simpson

Kate Simpson

Research Associate

Kate Simpson

Research Associate
School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London and Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds


Currently researching the use of data in retrofit decision making, as a visiting researcher to The Alan Turing Institute on the Design for Retrofit project under the data-centric engineering programme, funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

At the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds I have been exploring sustainable construction: training, skills and offsite housing on three impact accelerator projects, funded by ESRC and EPSRC.

I hold Associate Fellowship of HEA and have taught Sustainable Housing technology on MSc Sustainable Cities, led units on HNC/ HND Construction, Engineering and supervised BSc level students on research projects.

Present work stems from my PhD research titled ‘energy efficiency refurbishment to UK owner-occupied homes: The householders’ perspective'(Project W2LP14), in which householders’ struggled to find good quality information and appropriately skilled installers’.

During my PhD I undertook a twelve month internship with the Centre for Sustainable Energy. Here I worked on a number of qualitative and quantitative consultancy research projects focused on energy efficiency including smart metering and smart city development.

My MRes dissertation was focused on the indoor air quality (IAQ) of a Victorian School with a post-1968 extension . This study, supervised by Malcolm Cook, required me to collect CO2 and temperature data from the school. As a consequence of this research I gained an increased awareness to the health implications poor indoor air quality can entail. See project page W2LP6 for further details.

I first graduated with a BSc in Building Surveying from Leeds Metropolitan University (RICS accredited). I was initially interested in building fabric restoration and refurbishment. My objective was to build upon what I had learnt during my previous AVCE in ‘construction and the built environment’.

I completed the first year of my RICS APC whilst working as a trainee Building Surveyor within the building maintenance and development department of Gascoyne-Cecil Estates. This allowed me to gain industry experience of the planned and reactive maintenance in addition to the refurbishment of solid-wall dwellings. I chose to expand my knowledge of this area through my first dissertation titled ‘the issues relating to energy efficiency in traditional dwellings’ supervised by Malcolm Bell. Previously I worked for four years as a CAD Technician in Leeds, drawing domestic floor plans for estate agents and surveyors.

Public engagement activities have been another area of interest throughout my studies. Alongside other LoLo researchers, I have carried out a number of activities which aim to communicate our research in an accessible way. I have also volunteered on domestic energy retrofit projects to better understand the technical details!

PhD Thesis

Energy efficiency refurbishment of UK owner-occupied homes: the householders’ perspective

Masters’ paper:

Simpson, K. (2011)”The indoor air quality of a Victorian school with a post-1968 extension”, Arup Conference: People and Buildings Conference for Masters Students, 23 September 2011. London



W2LP6 – The indoor air quality of a Victorian school with a post-1968 extension

W2LP6 – The indoor air quality of a Victorian school with a post-1968 extension

W2LP14 – Energy efficiency refurbishment in UK owner-occupied dwellings: The occupant’s perspective