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Susan Roaf. (Heriot Watt University)

Susan Roaf is Emeritus Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.  She is an award winning author, architect and solar energy pioneer. Her research has covered windcatchers, traditional Middle Eastern technologies and nomadic architecture in Iran, Mesopotamian archaeology, photovoltaics, low carbon, resilient and sustainable design and thermal comfort. Her 22 books include: Ecohouse: A Design Guide; Adapting Buildings and Cites for Climate Change; Benchmarks for Sustainable Buildings and Energy Efficient Buildings

She was an Oxford City Councillor, a Board member on the UK Architects Registration Board and is a Non-Executive Director of AES Solar Energy Ltd., and Managing Director of Ecohouse Initiative Ltd. Her ongoing activities cover carbon accounting (www.icarb.org );  resilient design (https://www.resilientdesign.org/advisory-board/), natural ventilation and COVID and extreme design (www.extremedesign.org). She Chaired PLEA 2017 promoting natural energy buildings (www.plea2017.net) and Co-Chaired the Windsor Conference on Comfort 2020 (www.windsorconference.com ) and the Comfort at the Extremes Conference in Dubai in April 2019 (www.comfortattheextremes.com ).

In 2020 she was awarded the prestigious International Farabi Award for Iranian Studies and previous recognitions of her work were in 2013 Top 6 - UK ‘First Women’ Awards as a ‘Visionary’ in the Built Environment’; in 2013 Top 10 ‘Women in Architecture’ Awards, Architect’s Journal, and in 2010 ‘the AJ’s most influential UK architectural academic’ in the field of Sustainable Design. She lectures internationally, and is an expert adviser in the field of energy and buildings to organisations in the USA, Austria, New Zealand, Norway and Italy.

Dr. Matthew Rofe. (University of South Australia)

Dr Matthew Rofe is trained as an Urban-Cultural Geographer and for many years has worked in the field of Urban and Regional Planning. The central theme of his research agenda involves unravelling the complexity of human landscapes and the often conflicting and contested meanings that are attached to space and communicated through place. While the majority of Matthew’s research has been urban based, pertaining to the critiquing of discourses of urban governance and the power imbalances embodied both between and within city landscapes, he has developed a parallel region-based research stream that applies theories of revitalisation and place making to rural contexts. This approach draws from a wide range of theories addressing issues such as culture, consumption, community, globalisation, urban design, festivals, heritage and tourism. Matthew has also conducted research into residential segregation, gated communities, gender and identity performance amongst sub-cultural groups.

Matthew is passionate about the development of international teaching adn research programs. This passion is exemplified by this longstanding coordinationof internationa field schools with colleagues and friends from Universiti Sains malaysia (Penang, Malaysia) and Hue University of Sciences (Hue, Vietnam). Matthew has also had the previlege of being invited to teach and research in Sri Lanka, China, and Iran.

Presently Matthew is conducting research into urban planning/design policies that create atmospheric places, the revealing and dismantling of coloniallegacies within cultural heritage policies/practices and the contestation of monuments and memorial landscapes in the pursuit of social empowerment and inclusion.

With a quintessentially Australian laid-back personality, Matthew's presentation style is conversational, engaging and at times humorous. Ultimately, it is Matthew's desire to work collaboratively and respectfully with other and in doing so learn from and with people.