Current Research Project:
Transforming Birmingham – a city system approach, University of Birmingham
June 2017 – Feb 2018
Research Fellow on an Energy Systems Catapult/EPSRC – funded scoping study investigating whole energy system modelling
Previous research projects:
Transforming the Engineering of Cities to Deliver Societal and Planetary Wellbeing
(Liveable Cities) University of Birmingham
May 2012 – Dec 2017.
Research Fellow on the £6.3 million Liveable Cities multi-disciplinary programme funded by the EPSRC. This work included the study of urban metabolism and the use of material flow analysis to investigate the resource flows of cities. City performance was assessed from social, economic and environmental perspectives. This included assessing urban sustainability, resilience and liveability of cities both for their citizens, as well as planet Earth.
A NERC-funded project set up to investigate the impact of spatio-climatic variability on land-based renewable energy sources such as wind power and bio-energy crops.
SCORCHIO (Sustainable Cities: Options for Responding to Climate cHange Impacts and Outcomes) project funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) (Spring 2007 to Autumn 2010). A GIS based tool was developed using the latest forecasts from the UK Climate Impacts Programme UKCIP to assist planners, designers, engineers and users to adapt urban areas, with a particular emphasis on heat and human comfort. This included work on identifying the urban heat island of Manchester and the use of building simulation models to identify internal temperatures and thermal comfort within residential buildings. The Universities of Manchester, East Anglia, Newcastle and Sheffield with the Hadley Centre, Met Office were all involved in this work.
BASIS (Barents Sea Impact Study) project (1997 to 2000) was carried out by an interdisciplinary team of specialists from 13 institutions in 6 countries funded by the European Commission. This led onto the BALANCE project.
See: Lange, M. and the BASIS consortium (2003): "The Barents Sea Impact Study (BASIS): methodology and first results", Continental Shelf Research, 23: 1673-1694
Susan presented papers at a number of conferences in Europe and the Nordic Countries, as well as the USA, related to vegetation modelling. She was a Joint organiser of the IRISEN (Integrated Regional Impact Studies in the European North) study course at the Abisko Research Station in Sweden (July 1999). Twenty-five students from 13 countries joined more than twenty experts to explore the issue of integrated regional impact studies in an interdisciplinary manner.
TIGER IV (Terrestrial Initiative in Global Environmental Research) Programme (1992 – 1997) funded by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council).
See the following for details about some of this work:
Development of vegetation models,Dynamic glObal phtogeographY (DOLY) and the Sheffield Dynamic Global Vegetation Model (SDGVM). http://www.ctcd.group.shef.ac.uk/science/vegmodels/part2.html
Investigating the Lappish climate in northern Finland (1997). This work was concerned with the influence of climate on the vegetation and reindeer of northern Finland, and the possible effects of climate change on the Saami people (Lapps). Climate data were analysed involving collaborative work with colleagues from the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester. This project was funded by the ESRC.
Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi, Finland.
Weather forecasting for the UKMO at Manchester Weather Centre (1990-1992);
Agricultural Meteorologist and Adviser in the public services and building and construction climatology unit at the UKMO (1987-1990)