Rick Lupton is a Research Associate with the Use Less Group at the University of Cambridge, where he is working on ways to map the way resources and materials are used throughout society, despite the limited statistics we have available. This is important because making just five key materials – steel, cement, paper and aluminium – dominate carbon emissions from industry and account for 20% of all global emissions from energy use and industrial processes. Rick’s research interests include the application of Bayesian inference to these types of problems, and interactive visualisation of the results.
Rick holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, on modelling tools for simulating the dynamics of floating offshore wind turbines. He previously worked for renewable energy consultants Garrad Hassan on modelling wind turbines.
PhD in Engineering, 2015
MEng in Engineering, 2009
See the full list (in progress).
Uncertainty and variability are inevitable in studying the environmental impacts of society’s use of resources. This was the subject of a Special Session “Moving beyond averages: uncertainty and variability analysis in industrial ecology”, which I co-chaired together with Dr Jonathan Cullen, Leo Paoli and Dr David Laner, at the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) conference in Chicago in June 2017. This post summarises the session, and collects the results of the discussion with the session participants.
I am currently supervising or have supervised the following Engineering courses at Cambridge:
I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.