Dr Bamdad Ayati
Bamdad is a material chemist with interests in low-carbon cement chemistry and sustainable construction materials. He has expertise in microstructural and mineralogical analysis of clays and cementitious materials.
Caroline's work focuses on biodiversity and urban green infrastructure (UGI) design. During her PhD research, she investigated state of the art measures to maximise the biodiversity value of UGI, with a particular focus on brownfield ecomimicry. Caroline has extensive experience in ecological consultancy and biodiversity monitoring.
SRI Senior Administrator
Daiva supports SRI staff on key administrative responsibilities and oversees the Institute's communications activities and website presence.
Daiva graduated with a First Class Honours in Law LLB from UEL, International Tourism Management from London Metropolitan University and has a diploma in event management from King's College London. Daiva runs an event management business - DT Conferences & Events which focuses on fraud prevention and risk mitigation in the banking industry. Daiva is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
Following an undergraduate degree in environmental sciences, including a year working on landscape management at Wicken Fen, Jack joined the SRI as a Research Assistant. Jack is one of the SRI's wetland specialists with a key research focus on peatland conservation and management. He has extensive experience of field-based peatland monitoring and research, and also provides expert support for peatland ecology public inquiries. In an urban context, Jack has experience in urban stormwater management and is currently working on the Renfrew Close SuDS monitoring project in partnership with the Environment Agency, Groundwork and Newham Council.
Dr Mike Medas
Senior Research Programme Manager (ARENA)
Mike is a specialist in environmental sustainability, with interests in renewable energy, life-cycle assessment and embodied carbon within the built environment. He also has extensive experience in managing sustainable urban regeneration programmes and delivering models of community-led regeneration across the UK.
With a PhD in Social Anthropology and a background in film, Pauline's wider interests include sustainability and the relationship between humans and places, particularly in areas of conflict, heritage and tourism. She is now focusing specifically on the socio-cultural impacts of nature in cities and is particularly interested in developing new and alternative methodological approaches.
Head of Environmental Sciences
Richard is an internationally recognised specialist in peatland conservation. He leads on the SRI's portfolio of research and consultancy for peatland management and conservation and has been responsible for assembling and presenting several key peatland conservation cases and management and monitoring programmes at both national and international level.
Richard joined UEL in 1997 to re-shape and update the University's conservation degrees and graduates have since gone on to work for conservation agencies in the UK, Mexico and China. Prior to his time at UEL, Richard worked for over 20 years in professional nature conservation.
Dr Stuart Connop
Senior Research Fellow
Specialist in biomimicry/ecomimicry in urban green infrastructure design. Having completed a PhD investigating the habitat requirements of UK Biodiversity Action Plan bumblebee species, Stuart has an active involvement in invertebrate ecology including habitat assessment, design, monitoring and management. His background includes biodiversity and ecosystem service monitoring and the associated data analysis, including the use of spatial analysis and ISIS invertebrate assemblage analysis to quantify habitat quality.
Stuart is currently co-Work Package lead on the Greening Public and Private Urban Infrastructure research and innovation component of the EU FP7 project TURAS. Within TURAS Stuart has led and co-delivered research on UGI design and monitoring in partnership with numerous stakeholders including developing scoping programmes for UGI retrofit for social landlords and UGI-focused Local Authority Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems planning guidance. Stuart's research has a strong focus on impact and includes knowledge exchange with Natural England, the Environment Agency and numerous NGOs. Stuart is currently a steering advisor on Buglife's national Urban Buzz programme and sat on the European Commission Working Group for Green Infrastructure.
He has recently given presentations on nature-based solutions for the UK Horizon 2020 contact point and at conferences and knowledge exchange events in Brussels, Slovenia and Armenia. Stuart has also provided research and guidance to the European Commission's DG Research & Innovation.