Dr Grainne McGill

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow



Personal statement

I am a Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow (Lecturer) in the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde. I hold a BSc (hons) in Architecture and MSc in Sustainable Design. I completed my PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in April 2016, undertaking research that investigated the impact of energy efficient design strategies on indoor air quality in homes. Between 2014 and 2020, I worked as a Researcher at the Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (MEARU) at the Glasgow School of Art, where I taught environmental design and analysis in architecture and co-founded an MSc in Environmental Design. I am Committee Member and Membership Secretary of the UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG) and coordinator of the AHRC-funded Health Effects of Modern Airtight Construction (HEMAC) network. I am co-founder of the UK Air Quality Network (UKAQN) and an active member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ). I am a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Architectural Science Review and regular reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals. I have acted as co-editor for special issues of Architectural Science Review and the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. I have also acted on various Scientific Review Committees and Organising Committees, chairing sessions at major national and international conferences. My research interests include low carbon design and evaluation post occupancy, indoor air quality and ventilation in housing, overheating and the impact of the built environment on health. I am particularly interested in multidisciplinary approaches to investigate the influence of architectural design on occupant health and wellbeing. I am open to supporting PhD students that are interested in the indoor built environment and health, particularly indoor air quality and ventilation performance in buildings.

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Professional Activities

Institute of Air Quality Management (Publisher)
Peer reviewer
Frontiers in Built Environment (Journal)
Editorial board member
Intelligent Buildings International (Journal)
Editorial board member
Building and Environment (Journal)
Peer reviewer
International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) Building Simulation Conference 2021 (Event)
Peer reviewer
Sustainability (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training: Energy-efficient Indoor Climate Control for Optimised Health
McGill, Grainne (Principal Investigator) Tse, Dwight (Principal Investigator) Waites, William (Principal Investigator) Toledo, Linda (Principal Investigator) Moreno-Rangel, Alejandro (Principal Investigator) Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) Dragojlovic-Oliveira, Sonja (Principal Investigator)
This SCDT will provide three fully-funded PhD students with a world-class interdisciplinary research and training programme to bridge the net-zero design and construction skills gap whilst providing specialist skills in human-centric smart building design and digitisation for optimised health and resilience.

The increased risk of overheating, poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and inadequate ventilation in energy-efficient and/or net-zero buildings is now well evidenced, including the increasing gap between design expectations and energy performance, which is highly influenced by human behaviour. This CDT will train future innovators and leaders that can drive the transition to a healthy and energy-efficient built environment. The training will be led by experts in net-zero design, indoor air quality, building resilience, human behaviour and data analytics. Each project will be co-supervised by staff from different disciplines and all projects will involve industry partners and/or clinical advisors, to ensure that the research explored is based on an area of industry/clinical need.

The centre will provide highly-skilled future experts and leaders to tackle the challenges of delivering net-zero buildings that are human-oriented and optimise health. The CDT will deliver emerging multidisciplinary research endeavours by working across the departments of Architecture, Psychology and CIS, to decarbonise the built environment while providing a healthy and comfortable indoor environment.

SCDT students will become part of a growing PGR cohort, benefiting from peer-to-peer learning and an inclusive research culture. Opportunities will be provided to collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders (such as clinicians, industry specialists and the public), through internships/placements, personal development and specialist training, networking and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Successful candidates will be trained in writing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals, and strongly supported and encouraged to apply to external funding (such as travel grants), where appropriate. As part of the PhD programme, the candidate will be registered on the PGCert in Researcher Development. This is a 60-credit qualification covering personal effectiveness, governance, organisation, engagement, impact, and intellectual abilities, running in tandem with the PhD programme.

Candidates are expected to proactively take ownership of their project and creatively contribute to shaping it. We are seeking future leaders to develop knowledge and expertise required to address future challenges in the following three areas:

1. Linking indoor pollutant exposure and climate conditions with physical and psychological health outcomes,
2. Technological solutions for energy-efficient indoor climate control,
3. Understanding and analysis of psychological and behavioural factors that affect exposure indoors.
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2026
Research to identify if changes to guidance in standard 3.14 ventilation in 2015 have been effective in improving ventilation and indoor air quality
Howieson, Stirling (Co-investigator) Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) McGill, Grainne (Co-investigator) Toledo, Linda (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Principal Investigator)
The 2015 regulations required all new dwellings to have CO2 monitors installed to alert the occupants to poor indoor air quality that would encourage them to open windows and provide purge ventilation.
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2023
Measure, inform, nudge: an integrated, human-centric air quality measurement and visualisation system
Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) McGill, Grainne (Co-investigator) Toledo, Linda (Researcher)
SBRI Phase 2 Project - follow on from RKES 201683
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Monitor and visualise domestic pollution to safeguard health (Phase 2)
McGill, Grainne (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2022
Environmental monitoring: National Core Transmission Study (Phase 1-3)
Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) McGill, Grainne (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
Research to identify if changes to guidance in Standard 3.14 Ventilation in 2015 have been effective in improving ventilation and indoor air quality
Sharpe, Tim (Principal Investigator) Howieson, Stirling (Co-investigator) McElroy, Lori (Co-investigator) McGill, Grainne (Co-investigator) Tuohy, Paul Gerard (Co-investigator) Toledo, Linda (Researcher)
Scottish Governement Tender response (consultancyu services)
18-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2024

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Dr Grainne McGill
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Email: grainne.mcgill@strath.ac.uk
Tel: Unlisted