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Dr. Claudia Loggia

Position Senior Lecturer
Royal Society Research Fellow – Newton Advanced Fellowship (2016-2019)
Discipline Housing
Phone 031 260 3144
Email loggia@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address 840

Bio

Since 2016, Claudia is a Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellow ( https://royalsociety.org/people/claudia-loggia-12815/ ), for a project in partnership with the University of Westminster (with Dr C. Georgiadou as co-investigator) and she is also Principal Investigator for the South African team of the ISULABANTU project (www.isulabantu.org), that is a 3-year ESRC/NRF Urban Transformation in SA Grant in partnership with the University of Westminster and University College London. Claudia is currently Senior Lecturer in the Housing Programme at the School of Built Environment & Development Studies University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Building Engineering and a MEng from Cagliari University (Italy). She has extensive experience in trans-disciplinary research projects and consultancy work in the areas of: energy efficient building design and retrofit, green infrastructure, sustainable urban regeneration, low-income housing design and policies. She is currently collaborating on valuable research projects in South Africa with local governmental institutions, NGOs and local communities, namely the 100 Resilient Cities Programme, in Durban. She’s in fact member of the Durban’s 100RC Programme’s Reference group for RBO 1 “Collaborative Informal Settlement Action. Since 2012, she is a Green Star South Africa Accredited Professional with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Degrees Held

  • PhD in Building Engineering
  • MEng in Building Engineering

Research Interests

  • Low-income & informal settlements upgrading programmes
  • sustainable/self-reliant communities
  • Green building design and renovation;
  • Green infrastructure, smart cities & renewable energy sources integration

Teaching Interests

  • Housing Technology
  • Human Habitat/Sustainable Human Settlements
  • Construction Technology & drawing

Publications / Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • J.T. Ojo-Aromokudu, C. Loggia (2016). “Normal” Informality in Low-Income Settlements in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Published in the LOYOLA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES Vol. XXX, No.2, Jul-Dec 2016, pp 191-212, ISSN 0971-4960
  • D. Hayman, C. Loggia, C. Trois (2015) “Sustainable Grid Infrastructure: The Co-Evolution of Socio-Economic and Socio-Technical Systems Through Microgrid Adoption” published in the “Journal of Construction” [ISSN 1994 – 7402, Volume 8 Issue n. 3], ASOCSA (Association of School of Construction of Southern Africa), Cape Town.
  • C. Loggia, D. Hayman, V. Tramontin (2015) “The use of Behavioural Modelling to Develop Smart Building Infrastructure in South Africa” published in the “Journal of Construction” [ISSN 1994 – 7402, Volume 8 Issue n. 4], ASOCSA (Association of School of Construction of Southern Africa), Cape Town.
  • C. Loggia, V. Tramontin, C. Trois (2015) “Sustainable housing in developing countries. Meeting Social and environmental targets by "greening" low-income settlements in South Africa” published in the International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Vol.9, issue 4, ISSN: 2325-1166, Common Ground Publishing LLC.
  • C. Loggia, D. Hayman, V.Tramontin, C. Trois (2014) “Evaluating Building Thermal Performance as an Approach for a Smart Energy Management: The Retrofit of an Office Building in Durban”. Published in the “Journal of Construction” [ISSN 1994 – 7402, Volume 7 Issue n. 1], ASOCSA (Association of School of Construction of Southern Africa), Cape Town.

Chapters in Books

  • M. Argiolas, C. Loggia, V. Tramontin, C. Trois (2012) “A web application to support decision making process based on a bottom-up approach in public buildings’ green retrofit”- Chapter 8 in Handbook “Emerging Software for Interactive Interfaces, Database, Computer Graphics and Animation: Pixels and the New Excellence in Communicability, Cloud Computing and Augmented Reality”, pp. 83 – 93, Blue herons Editions ISBN: 978-88-96471-19-7,  DOI: 10.978.8896471/197, Series Volume: I, Published in December 2012.

Community Involvement

  • She is currently collaborating on valuable research projects in South Africa with local governmental institutions, NGOs and local communities. Her research focuses on Green Buildings and Green Infrastructure for developing countries, at the construction, environmental and also social level, in the attempt of building a framework for self-reliant communities and smart cities in South Africa.
  • (2016-2019)  Royal Society Research Fellow - Newton Advanced Fellowship granted for the project: “Building Urban Resilience for Self-Reliance in African cities (project acronym: BURSAC): Energy and environmental management systems to upgrade informal and low-income settlements in South Africa”. See more details at https://royalsociety.org/people/claudia-loggia-12815/  
  • (2016-2019) Principal Investigator for the SA team within the ESRC/NRF Collaborative Project Urban Transformation in SA, 3-year Grant focused on the Community-led Upgrading for self-reliance in informal settlements in South Africa. (see more details at www.isulabantu.org

Teaching Expertise

  • 2016 – ongoing:  Senior Lecturer at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at UKZN. Subjects: Housing Technology 2A, Housing Technology 2B, Human Habitat.
  • 2014-2016:  Lecturer at the School of Engineering of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban (South Africa). Subjects: Construction Drawing, Introduction to the Built Environment and Construction Technology.
  • 2008- 2011: Lecturer at the School of Engineering (Architecture Department) of the University of Cagliari (Italy). Subjects: Renovation and preservation of buildings and Sustainable renovation of buildings


Student Supervision (Honours, Master, PhD)

  • She supervised more than 25 Post Graduate students at the level of Honours, Masters and PhD, in the discipline of Building Engineering, Architecture and Housing. The subjects are various, but mainly related to energy efficient building design, sustainable renovation of buildings, low-income/informal settlements upgrading, urban regeneration, green infrastructure.

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