KELLY WATSON


DR KELLY WATSON
Wellbeing Evaluator

Kelly has extensive academic research experience in the evaluation of the built environment from an end user perspective, including the use of social impact methodologies in buildings.

After studying for her BSc Geography degree at the University of Manchester, she worked part-time at Arup on a variety of sustainability projects. She then studied an MSc in Environmental Governance, also at the University of Manchester, before taking on her PhD, co-supervised with Arup, to investigate the measurement of social value in the built environment.

She specialises in developing and applying novel approaches to understanding user experiences in buildings. Her current post-doctoral research is a large scale application of her validated wellbeing valuation methodology in a variety of building typologies and urban environments.

She continues to work as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester, and works as a project consultant for Grigoriou Interiors.

More about Kelly…

“I first became interested in the built environment whilst studying for my Fine Art A level at school, although this took a slightly different form – I loved to photograph the colours and textures of rundown, derelict urban buildings and their brickwork as inspiration. After 5 years, I once again found myself researching buildings, this time during my MSc dissertation which explored a naturally ventilated office building and the impact that people’s behaviour was having on its energy use. Now, I enjoy the fact that I work at an intersection between hard science and art and design, between social and technological research, by evaluating buildings based on their performance for people’s health and wellbeing.”

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