School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Claudia Loggia

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Claudia Loggia

Royal Society Research Fellow – Newton Advanced Fellowship (2016-2019), Senior Lecturer

Discipline Housing

Contact Number 031-260-3144

Campus Howard College Campus

Office Address Shepstone 8th floor, No. 840

Last Updated 3 years ago


  • Since 2016, Claudia is a Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellow ( ), 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 (, 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


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  
  • (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

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

  • 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.