Group Members – Academic Staff & Researchers

john-lDr John Littlewood

Head of SuRBe

Senior Lecturer ADT
PhD – Building Performance Assessment for Zero Heating Dwellings, UK
BSc (Hons) with First – Building Surveying/RICS Prize.

John trained as a Building Surveyor before specialising in Architectural Engineering and Technology, with a bias in Environmental Sustainability, and also Building and Systems Performance Evaluation (BPE). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Association, a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, a Chartered Building Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology; a Level 1 Thermographer (ITC and BINDT) and an Accredited Domestic Air permeability Tester (BINDT).

His entrepreneurial and innovative work ethic has generated circa £2.8Million of funding since 2008, from research council grants, EU funding, InnovateUK, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, and consultancy. He is The Professional Doctorate Coordinator for CSAD and lad on the Engineering and Sustainable Built Environment pathways. He has supervised eight doctorates to completion, been external examiner for ten doctorates, and in 2018 is supervising 14 PhDs and Professional Doctorates. In 2018, John has authored and co-authored over peer reviewed 100 publications. John is General Chair (Academic) for the Sustainability in Energy & Buildings International Conference series.


tony-whymanTony Whyman

Programme Director & Senior Lecturer ADT

Anthony is a Chartered Architect and Chartered Architectural Technologist, with over thirty years of professional and academic experience in the subject of architecture and architectural technology. After graduating with a BSc in Architectural Studies from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University in 1982 he completed a Bachelor of Architecture in 1984 and became a registered architect in 1985. Between 1987 and 1992 he was an Associate of a private architectural practice in Newport, South Wales and an active member of the Royal Institute of British Architects through committee membership of the South-East Wales Branch, acting as Chair and Vice Chair between 1988-94.

Anthony has particular expertise in the technical realisation of designs for construction and understands issues relating to buildability and durability to achieve best practice through the construction process. He is experienced in working with building contractors and clerk of works on construction sites and understands the importance and need to develop more collaborative approaches to producing appropriate building envelopes that can achieve the increasing government targets for thermal performance and carbon reduction.

Anthony’s particular interest is in the technical aspects of architectural design with focus on sustainability and buildability through architectural detailing. This has led to researching teaching practice and methodologies for studio delivery in architectural technology and teaching students how to detail a building design.

nick-evansNick Evans

Senior Lecturer ADT

Nick is a chartered building control surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in industry and academia. His main teaching and research specialist areas are building regulations and environmental design. A former Local Authority Building Control Surveyor, Nick joined Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) in 1990. Nick has remained closely involved with professional practice, particularly focussing on building control and is frequently called upon to speak at events organised by RICS, CIAT, CIOB and RSAW. He has also provided specific training for Building Control Surveyors, Estates Officers, Home Inspectors and Domestic Energy Assessors.

paul-wPaul Wilgeroth

Senior Lecturer PD

Paul is Both an Engineer and also a product designer, and works closely with Dr Littlewood supervising students on the Professional Doctorate programme. His first decade in industry was spent in a Research & Development environment working on a diverse range of projects and resulting in several successful patent applications, with many designs progressing in to mass production. Projects ranged from innovative, energy-saving domestic products through to various novel high-powered medical and industrial laser systems. The second half of his industrial career was devoted to various design management roles. Since 1998 Paul has been a Senior lecturer in Product Design at Cardiff Met.

George Karani

Prof. George Karani

Professor of Environmental Public Health


Professor George Karani is a Professor of Environmental Health. He was born in Kenya and educated at the Universities of Nairobi (BSc. and MSc.) and Leeds (PhD).   His research group projects are on working environment, waste management, land reclamation, PM10 & PM2.5 particulate matter and poverty related diseases. His overseas research partners are from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Uganda. George contributes to the development of strategic plans in government departments by serving in various Advisory Government Bodies, including Vale Local health Board (2003-2009), Environmental Protection Advisory Committee Wales (2002-2008), Review Panel on Continuing Care (2004-2009) and Advisory Committee Wales (1987-2001). George has acted as a consultant to the World Bank, World Health Organisation and the World Meteorological Organisation. He has supervised to successful completion 12 research degrees. 

Professor Andrew Thomas

Associate Dean Research

AT Photograph (2)

​Professor Thomas is currently Associate Dean / Director of Research in Cardiff School of Management, at Metropolitan University. Andrew entered academia having followed an industrial career initially with the Royal Air Force and then later with BE Aerospace where he undertook roles in aerospace, manufacturing and production engineering. Andrew’s main research interests include: forensic engineering, maintenance management, production management, manufacturing strategy and operations management and have published over 200 research articles, journal papers and delivered a number of key note speeches in these areas. Andrew has supervised and led over twenty KTP projects and managed a number of ERDF, EPSRC and EU FP7 projects. Andrew is currently programme director for the following academic programmes: MSc Production Engineering Management, MSc International Supply Chain and Logistics Management, Master of Research in Management, Doctor of Management.

Current Research Students (sample)

Mr Denis Jahic, reading for an MPhil/PhD in collaboration and co-funded with and by Melin Homes, a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship two project (more information on KESS2). Project entitled ‘Developing key performance indicators for occupant quality of life from the evaluation of Arbed 2 retrofit measures to existing deprived dwellings in Wales’. Supervisors: Dr John Littlewood, Professor George Karani, Dr Jo Atkinson, Jo is a graduate of a KESS1 PhD in 2015. and also works for the carbon trust. Industrial advisers: Mrs Caroline Summers (Melin Homes).

Mr Francesco Zaccaro, reading for an MPhil/PhD in collaboration and co-funded with and by Woodknowledge Wales, a KESS2 project entitled ‘Investigating challenges to systemised offsite manufactured dwellings using home grown timber’. Supervisors: Dr John Littlewood, Paul Wilgeroth. Industrial advisers: Tony Whyman, Cardiff Metropolitan Univerity,Gary Newman, Woodknowledge WalesMr Robin Lancashire, Exova BM TradaGareth Davies, Coed Cymru

Mr Mohammad Alhazim, reading for a PhD entitled ‘A study to investigate the ecological design, architectural identity and occupant health and wellbeing in Kuwaiti Government dwellings’. Supervisors: Dr John Littlewood, Dr Keireine CanavanDr Penny Carey, Portakabin

Mr Trevor Butler, reading for a PhD in collaboration and co-funded with and by Archineers, entitled ‘How effective are earth to air heat exchangers in tempering outdoor air in the climate zone of interior British Columbia, Canada’. Supervisors: Dr John Littlewood, Dr Huw Millward, CBM Wales

Mrs Christina Hirst, reading for a PhD entitled ‘Renewable Energy – Increasing The Value Of Land And Real Estate Assets’. Supervisors: Dr John Littlewood, Mr Paul Wilgeroth.

Mrs Joanna Clarke, undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Sustainable Built Environment funded by SPECIFIC entitled ‘A Collaborative Approach to Procuring Buildings that incorporate Innovative Technologies’. Supervisors: Dr John Littlewood, Mr Paul Wilgeroth, Paul Jones, SPECIFIC

Mr Paul Marais, undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Sustainable Built Environment funded by Simply Sustainable entitled ‘A model for rammed earth housing in South Africa’. Supervisors: Dr John Littlewood, Professor George Karani

Mr Kevin Renz, undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Sustainable Built Environment funded by Endicott College, USA entitled ‘Can Frank Lloyd Wright’s principles of Organic Architecture improve current environmental design in residential dwellings’. Supervisors: Mr John Counsell, Dr John Littlewood


Completed doctoral students (sample)

2017, Dr John Cosgrove, Professional Doctorate in Engineering (DEng)

2018, Dr Geradine Seguela, DEng

2017, Dr Simon Hatherley, PhD

2015, Dr Jo Atkinson, PhD