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Professor Crina Oltean-Dumbrava

Professor in Sustainable Built Environme

Faculty/Dept/School Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
(Faculty of Engineering and Informatics)
Emailm.c.a.oltean-dumbrava@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone +441274 233646

Biography

I am an international academic with over 44 years’ professional experience of which 40 years have been in academia with teaching and research experience in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Greece and Romania. I have an MSc qualification in civil and building engineering and an MA in economics, and am a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

I am a member of the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) Visiting Accreditation Panel and a Past Chair of the UK’s Association of Civil Engineering Departments. At the University of Bradford I am a member of University’s Court and a Past Chair of the Standing Committee of the University’s Assembly. I have been a member of the University’s Senate and Council.

My research expertise lies in the area of the sustainability assessment of the built environment, (buildings, water and waste water infrastructure, transport infrastructure and noise reducing devices); decision support systems based on multi-criteria analysis; and construction economics with special expertise in cost modelling, cost benefit analysis and whole life cycle costing. I am an international expert on the evidence-based sustainability assessment framework based on multi-criteria analysis and was selected by European Commission's Environment Directorate-General independent scientific advisors to assist the development of effective, evidence-based policies. In the last 40 years, I am or have been Principal Investigator (18 grants), Co-Investigator (18 grants) and Collaborator (2 grants) of 42 research and teaching grants including four Personal grants. My research activity generated in the UK a total of £7,499,160 equivalent, (£1,714,269 for my employers) and £17,302 of consultancy activity in the last 25 years. The value of the grants to which I contributed to either as a Principal Investigator, Co-investigator and Personal grants in the first 15 years of my academic career in Romania was approximately $7million (at the exchange rate at the time).

In my time as an academic I have authored or contributed to 17 books, and published over 120 journal and conference papers. In addition, I have made 25 keynote presentations. I have also led multi-national research projects and contributed to course development in several countries.

In 2013 I was appointed the BSI (UK) expert, ISO and European Committee for Standardisation Road Traffic Noise Reducing Devices (RTNRD), and CEN/TC 226/WG6 TG4 Convenor to implement sustainability in RTNRD standards. In 2014 I was appointed as a Liaison Officer between CEN/TC 226 and CEN/TC 350 Sustainability of Construction Works. I am a Visiting Professor of the Technical University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania since 2009, an External Expert Evaluator for the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research since 2002, EU FP5, FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020 Programmes since 1996 and for the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education since 2006. I have represented my native country, Romania, in the European Council of Construction Economists since 1994.

In 2017, as part of a team of five, I have been awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for my contribution to the EU FP7 GENOVATE Grant (2013-2017 June) and I have been invited as a Partner and Expert of the UN Sustainable Buildings and Construction (SBC) Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP). In 2019 I have been nominated by BSI for one of the prestigious BSI Standards Makers Awards for Representing the UK and leading the development of the first European product sustainability standard: Road Traffic Noise Reducing Devices - Sustainability: Key Sustainability Performance Indicators (KSPI) Declaration. In 2017 I have been nominated for membership of the REF 2021 and in 2020 I was appointed as a REF 2021 member of the Sub-panel 12: Engineering as an Output Assessor. In 2020 I was also appointed on the Board of the Joint Board of Moderators Accreditation Body.

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Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleData quality and governance in a UK social housing initiative: Implications for smart sustainable cities (2018)
AuthorsDuvier, Caroline; Anand, Prathivadi B.; Oltean-Dumbrava, Crina
 
TitleData quality challenges in the UK social housing sector (2018)
AuthorsDuvier, Caroline; Neagu, Daniel; Oltean-Dumbrava, Crina; Dickens, D.
 
TitleData quality and governance in a UK social housing initiative: Implications for smart sustainable cities (2018)
AuthorsDuvier, C., Anand, P. B., Oltean-Dumbrava, C. (2018). “Data quality and governance in a UK social housing initiative: Implications for smart sustainable cities”, International Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society, Special Issue on Smart and Sustainable Cities: Policy, Urban Public Services & Social Issues, October 2017, Vol 39, pages 358–365, http://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2018.02.015, ISSN 2210-6707
JournalSustainable Cities and Society
DOIhttp://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2018.02.015
 
TitleAssessment and relative sustainability of common types of roadside noise barriers (2016)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava, Crina; Miah, Abdul H.S.
 
TitleUnderstanding sustainability through bradford affordable housing lens (2016)
AuthorsAbuzeinab A.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Dickens D.
JournalInternational Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications
 
TitleTowards a more sustainable surface transport infrastructure: A case study of applying multi criteria analysis techniques to assess the sustainability of transport noise reducing devices (2016)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava C.;Watts G.;Miah A.
JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
DOI10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.09.096
 
TitleTowards a more sustainable surface transport infrastructure: a case study of applying multi criteria analysis techniques to assess the sustainability of transport noise reducing devices. (2015)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava, Crina; Watts, Gregory R.; Miah, Abdul H.S.
 
TitleIndividual learning on environmental vocational education and training courses does not always lead to the workplace application of knowledge and skills (2014)
AuthorsDraper, Fiona J.; Oltean-Dumbrava, Crina; Kara-Zaitri, Chakib; Newbury, B.
 
Title“Top-Down-Bottom-Up” Methodology as a Common Approach to Defining Bespoke Sets of Sustainability Assessment Criteria for the Built Environment (2014)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava, Crina; Watts, Gregory R.; Miah, Abdul H.S.
 
Title"top-down-bottom-up" methodology as a common approach to defining bespoke sets of sustainability assessment criteria for the built environment (2014)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava C.;Watts G.;Miah A.
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering - ASCE
DOI10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000169
 
TitleTransport infrastructure: making more sustainable decisions for noise reduction (2013)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava, Crina; Watts, Gregory R.; Miah, Abdul H.S.
 
TitleProcurement of sustainable noise-reducing devices: State-of-the-art review from EU project QUIESST (2012)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava C.;Watts G.;Miah A.
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering - ASCE
DOI10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000106
 
TitleCan simplified design methods for domestic rainwater harvesting systems produce realistic water-saving and financial predictions? (2012)
AuthorsRoebuck R.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Tait S.
JournalWater and Environment Journal
DOI10.1111/j.1747-6593.2011.00295.x
 
TitleThermal rehabilitation of Romanian housing: a low cost assessment tool (2012)
AuthorsCobirzan, N.; Oltean-Dumbrava, Crina; Brumaru, M.
 
TitleWhole life cost performance of domestic rainwater harvesting systems in the United Kingdom (2011)
AuthorsRoebuck, R.M.; Oltean-Dumbrava, Crina; Tait, Simon J.
 
TitleFactors influencing attendance and success on the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment Associate Membership Certificate course (2011)
AuthorsDraper F.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Tizaoui C.;Newburyc B.
JournalJournal of Further and Higher Education
DOI10.1080/0309877X.2010.512080
 
TitleMaking Asset Investment Decisions for Wastewater Systems That Include Sustainability (2008)
AuthorsAshley, R.M.; Blackwood, D.; Butler, D.; Jowitt, P.; Davies, J.; Smith, H.; Gilmour, D.; Oltean-Dumbrava, Crina
 
TitleImproving housing design performance using ELECTRE III (2005)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava C.
JournalInternational Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications
 
TitleSWARD: Decision support processes for the UK water industry (2003)
AuthorsButler D.;Jowitt P.;Mcilkenny G.;Cavill S.;Ashley R.;Smith H.;Gouda H.;Blackwood D.;Gilmour D.;Davies J.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Foxon T.;Leach M.;Pearson P.;Samson W.;Souter N.;Hendry S.;Moir J.;Bouchart F.
JournalManagement of Environmental Quality
DOI10.1108/14777830310488676
 
TitleMaking decisions for upgrading wastewater systems (2000)
AuthorsBlackwood D.;Ashley R.;Petrie M.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Jones C.
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer
DOI10.1680/muen.2000.139.3.171
 
Book Chapters
TitleBusiness Intelligence and Cultural Change in Social Housing (2017), C. Duvier and C. Oltean-Dumbrava, 13th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2017, Proceedings, Salford, Emerald Publishing, September 2017, pages 332-342, ISBN 978-1-912337-05-7. (2017)
Authors C. Duvier and C. Oltean-Dumbrava
Journal13th International Postgraduate Research Conference 2017, Proceedings
PublisherEmerald Publishing
 
Title"Moving closer" maximising benefits to university courses, students and employers through undergraduate civil enginering placements. (2012)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava, Crina; Galloway, K.
 
Other Publications
Other typeReviews
TitleData quality challenges in the UK social housing sector (2018)
AuthorsDuvier C.;Neagu D.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Dickens D.
JournalInternational Journal of Information Management
DOI10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2017.09.008
 
Other typeAudiovisual material
TitleGENOVATE conference digital stories - 8 (2016)
AuthorsOltean-Dumbrava, Crina
 
Title Author(s)
The Assessment of Sustainability of Road Noise Reducing Devices” (2017)Crina Oltean-Dumbrava, Mark Richards
The Sustainability Assessment of Acoustic Materials (2017)Crina Oltean-Dumbrava, Mark Richards, Giovanni Brero, Massimo Garai; Amir Khan
Assessing the relative sustainability of long parallel noise barriers and related noise reducing devices for a motorway in Italy (2016)Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Richards M.
Sustainability criteria for standardisation of noise reducing devices (2014)Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Clairbois J.
The sustainability assessment of noise barriers for EU project QUIESST: A case study (2013)Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Watts G.;Miah A.
Defining sustainability key performance indicators for measuring, monitoring, and reporting the sustainability performances of noise reducing devices for EU project QUIESST (2012)Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Watts G.;Miah A.
Generic database of sustainability criteria values per main noise reducing device type for EU project QUIESST (2012)Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Watts G.;Miah A.
QUIESST: Third-term progress report (2012)Clairbois J.;De Roo F.;Garai M.;Conter M.;Defrance J.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Fusco I.
QUIESST: Third-term progress report (2012)Clairbois J.;De Roo F.;Garai M.;Conter M.;Defrance J.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Fusco I.
QUIESST: Mid-term progress report (2011)Clairbois J.;De Roo F.;Garai M.;Conter M.;Defrance J.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Fusco I.
Primary sustainability criteria for assessing the sustainability of noise reducing devices for EU Project QUIESST (2011)Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Watts G.;Miah A.
Quiesst: Toward a better knowledge and understanding of how efficient noise barriers could actually be (2010)Clairbois J.;De Roo F.;Garai M.;Conter M.;Defrance J.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Fusco I.
Making more sustainable decisions for asset investment in the water industry - Sustainable water industry asset resource decisions - The SWARD project (2002)Ashley R.;Blackwood D.;Butler D.;Jowitt P.;Oltean-Dumbrava C.;Davies J.;McIlkenny G.;Foxon T.;Gilmour D.;Smith H.;Cavill S.;Leach M.;Pearson P.;Gouda H.;Samson W.;Souter N.;Hendry S.;Moir J.;Bouchart F.