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Dr Talib E. Butt

Assistant Professor

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

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  • Solar roads – a new potential renewable energy for and Great Britain, Mukherjee, A., Benett, J., Anyigor, K., Olayinka, O., Khalafallah, A., Alencastro, J., Butt, T. 15 Feb 2024, In: Environmental Technology (United Kingdom)
  • A concise study on essential parameters for the sustainability of Lagoon waters in terms of scientific literature, Kader, S., Raimi, M., Spalevic, V., Iyingiala, A., Bukola, R., Jaufer, L., Butt, T. 2 Jun 2023, In: Turkish Journal of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Assessing the relationship between cultural diversity and disaster preparedness; (A case study of flood hazard for Northern and Southern Punjab), Raheem, H., Mayo, S., Kamel, A., Maqbool, R., Mohamed, M., Maraqa, M., Gouda, H., Hamdani, F., Butt, T. 1 Jan 2023, In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Developing light transmitting concrete for energy saving in buildings, Navabi, D., Amini, Z., Rahmati, A., Tahbaz, M., Butt, T., Sharifi, S., Mosavi, A. 1 Jul 2023, In: Case Studies in Construction Materials
  • Discrepancy in regulatory provisions and practices – the design of public buildings in Lahore, Pakistan, Ali, M., Weirs, J., Butt, T., Islam, H. 17 Apr 2023, Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design, Springer
  • Impacts of Different Sources of Carbonates on Growth of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici in Different Growth Media, Akram, H., Hussain, S., Butt, T. 13 Nov 2023, In: Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research
  • Knowledge Sharing in the Construction Industry: Implications for the future of Projects, Anyigor, K., Osborne, A., Butt, T., Littlemore, M., Aboderin, O. 3 Jul 2023, Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society Conference 2023
  • Mangrove Health: A Review of Functions, Threats, and Challenges Associated with Mangrove Management Practices, Akram, H., Hussain, S., Mazumdar, P., Chua, K., Butt, T., Harikrishna, J. 23 Aug 2023, In: Forests
  • Predicting implications of design changes in BIM-based construction projects through machine learning, Abdulfattah, B., Abdelsalam, H., Abdelsalam, M., Bolpagni, M., Thurairajah, N., Florez Perez, L., Butt, T. 1 Nov 2023, In: Automation in Construction
  • Slow adoption of building information modeling: comparing viewpoints of designers and contractors, Khalafallah, A., Muntasi, N., Gerges, M., Butt, T., Kapogiannis, G. 9 Nov 2023, In: Emirati Journal of Civil Engineering and Applications

Ahmed Saad Bridging the Gap between the Public and Private Sectors’ regarding projectexpectations: the Role of the Project Developer Start Date: 01/03/2024

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

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