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Dr Zhou completed her PhD research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She then undertook postdoctoral research on the built environment at two institutes: the Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS, a joint program between the Singapore government and UC Berkeley) and the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning (ABP) at the University of Melbourne. She pursues research through a combination of laboratory experiment, field monitoring, data analysis and numerical modelling. 

Research interests

Each year I admit students for interdisciplinary research investigating the built environment and sustainability. This research calls on methods from lab and field experiments, numerical modeling, and data analysis. I am particularly recruiting candidates interested in the following topics. Of course, I am open to new research ideas. Just send me your thoughts and we can start from there.

  • Energy-efficient building and rating system (e.g. Passivhaus, Green star, net-zero, etc.)
  • Climate change and Indoor environmental quality (e.g. impacts from bushfire, extreme weather, etc.)
  • Building applied and integrated renewables (e.g. BAPV, BIPV, etc.)
  • Bioaerosol fate and transport (e.g. impacts from COVID-19, bioaerosol transmission in aged-care facilities, etc)
  • Human factor of indoor environment (e.g. thermal and visual comfort, occupant behavior, perceived quality, biometric response, etc.)
  • Wireless sensing network for environmental monitoring and data analysis (e.g. IoT, data fusing, etc.)
  • Sustainable urban infrastructure (e.g. LCA, embodied emissions, etc.)

Interested candidates should email a CV, unofficial transcripts, and if required, English language test score. Please ensure that you meet the Monash University's admission criteria at the following link: www.monash.edu/graduate-research/faqs-and-resources/content/chapter-two/2-1. Experience in one of the following fields will be at an advantage: building energy modeling, daylighting and lighting design, parametric design with visual programming language, programming skills in Python or similar, QGIS platform or similar, openLCA and Ecoinvent. I also encourage candidates to send through a brief research proposal (max 1 page). It will be a great first step towards graduate school admission.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Science and Engineering, B.Eng, Harbin Institute of Technology

Environmental Science and Engineering, M.Eng, Harbin Institute of Technology

Human Factor Engineering, M.Sc, Nanyang Technological University

Environmental Science and Engineering, PhD, Nanyang Technological University

Research area keywords

  • Building performance simulation
  • Exposure Assessment
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Human-Centred Design
  • Health Risk Assessment
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Air Pollutant Dynamics


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