Skip navigation

Dr Talib E. Butt

Senior Lecturer

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Dr Talib E. Butt is a Senior Lecturer (in environment, engineering & management) at the Northumbria University. His career covers both the construction/built and the natural environment. His multi- and inter-disciplinary studies, research and professional practice span over three decades, with work-experiences in the private/commercial, industrial, consultancy, public/government, voluntary and academic sectors. Predominantly, his career is in the risk assessment field, addressing both, natural and anthropogenic hazards. Climate change and sustainability are cross-cutting themes of his career in both, academe and practice; and yet involving all the five spheres of the ‘total’ environment, including: lithosphere (land/soil), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), biosphere (human and other life) and technosphere/anthroposphere (human influences and developments).


His PhD is in environmental risk assessment and computer-aided environmental modelling. He also holds an MSc in Sustainable Waste Management which particularly includes environmental management implications. His first degree, BEng(Hons), is in mechanical engineering. He has obtained memberships with professional bodies (in the UK and abroad) in multi- and inter-disciplinary fields of environment, engineering, water, construction, management, built environment, waste and education. These include: C.Build E, MCIOB, MCIWEM, LCIWM, FCABE, AFHEA, ASET, PE(PEC), GradIEMA, and AMIMechE.

Teaching, Research and Enterprise/External Engagement

He induces internationalisation along each of the three aforesaid functions. He was nominated for the Best Lecturer category at the University of Exeter (Russell Group) for his teaching to under- and post-graduate students, where he is still a visiting scholar/lecturer. He has been an external adviser to national as well as international universities on various degree programmes and research-works (e.g. SEGi University in Malaysia, University of Punjab). He is a fellow at the Leeds Sustainability Institute and a scientific committee member of SEEDS (Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society).

His research mainly regards design, development and application of holistic frameworks/systems around various facets of the environment, sustainability, and climate change. He has been a peer-reviewer for top quartile journals, research proposals and international conferences. Also, his work is regularly published and presented at international conferences and symposiums. He has years of experience of supervising and guiding both under- and post-graduate/PhD students, and also successfully motivating them to produce publications.

He has expertise and experience of delivering consultancy/advice to various organisations in industry and commerce, and government bodies like Environment Agency, city and district councils. His enterprise/external engagement activities involve wide-ranging, diverse, national and international stakeholders from numerous sectors. He has secured > £100k as a principal investigator and yet another > £100k as co-investigator from different national and international research funding bodies.



Talib E. Butt

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Flood Vulnerability and the Three Dimensions of Sustainability Philosophy, Wakeford, J., House, C., Butt, T., Paul, P., Beal, C. 2018, Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research, Springer
  • Perception Versus Skepticism—An Environmental Communication Issue and Climate Change, House, C., Jordan, N., Butt, T., Kwan, J., Alam, A. 2018, Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research, Springer
  • Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Getvoldsen, K., Butt, T., House, C., Ferreira, F. 2018, Handbook of Sustainability Science and Research, Springer
  • Baseline study and risk analysis of landfill leachate – Current state-of-the-science of computer aided approaches, Butt, T., Alam, A., Gouda, H., Paul, P., Mair, N. 15 Feb 2017, In: Science of the Total Environment
  • Baseline study in environmental risk assessment, Butt, T., Gouda, H., Alam, A., Javadi, A., Nunns, M., Allen, T. 2017, In: Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology
  • Ecological risk assessment of an open dumping site at Mehmood Booti Lahore, Pakistan, Alam, A., Tabinda, A., Qadir, A., Butt, T., Siddique, S., Mahmood, A. 1 Jul 2017, In: Environmental Science and Pollution Research
  • Built Environments and ‘Direct’ Energy Consumption – A conceptual methodology framework to facilitate delivery of the Climate Change Act 2008, Butt, T., Jones, K., Savic, D., Gorse, C., Hudson, J., Paul, P. 1 May 2016, In: Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
  • Development of a conceptual framework of holistic risk assessment — Landfill as a particular type of contaminated land, Butt, T., Javadi, A., Nunns, M., Beal, C. 1 Nov 2016, In: Science of the Total Environment
  • Obsolescence types and the built environment - definitions and implications, Butt, T., Camilleri, M., Paul, P., Jones, K. 1 Jan 2015, In: International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development
  • The role of BIM in tackling obsolescence, climate change, and sustainability, Butt, T., Francis, T., Greenwood, D., Jones, K., Nasir, A. 9 Sep 2015, In: WIT Transactions on the Built Environment


  • EnvironmentalEngineering PhD July 08 2008
  • Other Courses MSc February 15 1998
  • Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) March 02 1993


Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

Research at Northumbria

Research at Northumbria

Research is the life blood of a University and at Northumbria University we pride ourselves on research that makes a difference; research that has application and affects people's lives.


Order your prospectus

If you would like to know more about our courses, or life in general as a student at Northumbria, then we can help you.

Latest News and Features

More news

Back to top