Dr Anna Romanova

Dr Anna Romanova BEng Hons, PhD, SFHEA, MInstLM

Associate Professor, Portfolio Leader for Engineering Management and IT

Key details

Dr Anna Romanova
BEng Hons, PhD, SFHEA, MInstLM

Associate Professor, Portfolio Leader for Engineering Management and IT

Anna joined the University of Greenwich in 2013 and currently holds the posts of Academic Professor and BA Programme Portfolio Leader in the School of Engineering. She holds a BEng (Hons) degree in Engineering and Management and a PhD in Engineering. Anna is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Professional Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management.

Currently, Anna is leading two mainstreams of research: Gamification, Motivation and Group Work as part of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education (Teaching of an Authentic Teaching Pedagogy) and Applied Management; and acoustic (noise) absorption of Living Green Walls. Anna is also the co-ordinator for the Designing for Sustainability research theme at FES.

Prior joining the University of Greenwich, she was working at Grontmij Group Ltd as a Project Engineer in Water Department dealing with fire, potable and wastewater infrastructures mainly on acting Royal Air Force sites as part of the contract with the Ministry of Defence (£2B). As a research associate at the University of Bradford she was working on two EPSRC projects titled: Sewer Condition and Blockage Detection Classification Using Novel Acoustic Instrumentation (£195k); and Sonic Characterisation of Water Surface Waves, Turbulence, Mixing and Bed Friction in Shallow Water Flows (£796k). As part of Anna's post-PhD activity she has contributed to patent application (GB081519905) and assisted in commercialisation of SewerBatt™ sensor for pipe line condition inspection (acousticsensing.co.uk).

Responsibilities within the university

BA Programme Portfolio Leader

Business Administration Portfolio:

BEng/MEng Programme Portfolio Leader

Engineering Management Portfolio:


  • Student Experience Leader
  • Enterprise Challenge Mentor
  • Governor at Strood Academy
  • External Examiner at University of East London (UK), Kazan State Uni. of Architecture and Engineering (RUS)


2019 Student Led Teaching Awards, shortlisted for the 'Extra Mile Award'

2018 Student Led Teaching Awards, Overall Award Winner for 'Supervisor of the Year'

2018 Student Led Teaching Awards, Award Finalist for 'Faculty Star'

2017 Student Led Teaching Awards, Overall Award Winner for 'Outstanding Personal Tutor'

2016 Excellence in Education Awards - 'Contribution to student employability in FES'

2015 Outstanding achievements in TME Group Business Project co-ordination.

2010 International Water Association, Young Water Professional.

2009 University of Bradford, Elijah Hepworth Memorial Prize for best Engineering Design & Technology undergraduate student.

2009 University of Bradford Grace Dearborn Prize for the Final Year Project of outstanding merit.

2008 ARUP Future Star Award nomination for exceptional project management skills.


Professional Member of Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)
Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Member of British Academy of Managers (BAM)
Member of Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Member of American Society of Acoustic's (ASA)
Member of UK Acoustic's Network (UKAN)

Research / Scholarly interests

Anna is the co-ordinator of 'Designing for Sustainability' Research Group at the Faculty of Engineering & Science and carries out solo or collaborative research in the following fields:

  • Acoustic properties and noise reduction of vertical barriers including foliage;
  • Supply Chain Management of Living Green Walls;
  • Economic and social benefits of Living Green Walls;
  • Gamification in Learning;
  • Individual and group based student Motivation in Learning;
  • Concrete pipe corrosion and life prediction.





Key funded projects

  • 2018: Chartered ABS Scholarship, Charted Association of Business Schools​ - 'Playful Learning', together with Bedfordshire University Business School and University of Greenwich Business School (£9,693)
  • 2017: GRE, Gamification in Teaching and Learning - 'Group Business Project - emotional engagement'. A. Romanova – Principal Investigator. Bedfordshire University – Co-Researchers, (£5,000).
  • 2017: BAM - British Academy of Management's, Management Knowledge & Education (MKE) Grants Scheme: 2017-2018, 'Employability-related peer-to-peer learning and Social Media Communication patterns explored in cross-year teams of live Group Business Projects', (£3,928).
  • 2016-2017: 'Novel method of measuring acoustic absorption in situ', GRE (26,800).
  • 2016: 'Future of Green Facades', Principal Investigator: Dr Benz Kotzen, Co-Investigator: Dr Anna Romanova, GRE (10,000).
  • 2016: 'Systematic Investigation of Green Walls Acoustic Absorption Coefficient', GRE (£3,751).
  • 2016: GWES 2015-16, Graduate Work Experience Scheme, Internship Fund, Graduate Trainee Research Officer for Green Wall Survey, GRE (£12,000).
  • 2015-2016: Student Experience Grant - Knowledge & fun day experience, GRE (£8,000).
  • 2015 – 2016: HEIF Grant - Environmental Properties of Green Walls (£4,100).
  • 2014 – 2015: GRE Consultancy Grant - Air & Noise Pollution Monitoring (£15,000).
  • 2012 – 2014: Assessing Current State of Buried Sewer Systems and Their Remaining Safe Life, EPSRC - EP/I032150/1, £273,329.
  • 2011: Pipe flow turbulence characterisation using wave probe tracer method (with Czech Technical University, Czech Republic and Bologna University, Italy), £ 24,500.
  • 2010 – 2011: Flowhawk method validation (with ADS Environmental Services, USA), £165,000.
  • 2010 – 2013: Advanced numerical techniques for characterising obstructions in sewer pipes, EPSRC, £602,279 (with Brunel University and University of Reading).
  • 2009 – 2011: Review of sewer inspection methods reliability (with BOCU, Austria), £32,100.
  • 2009 – 2012: Sonic Characterisation of Water Surface Waves, Turbulence, Mixing and Bed Friction in Shallow Water Flows (with Open University, Cardiff University, Stanford University, USA and Moscow Institute of Engineering Physics, Russia), EPSRC £795,690.
  • 2008 – 2009: Sewer Condition and Blockage Detection Classification Using Novel Acoustic Instrumentation (with University of Sheffield), EPSRC £194,676.

Recent publications


Romanova, Anna , Horoshenkov, Kirill, Hurrell, Alistair (2018), An application of a parametric transducer to measure acoustic absorption of a living green wall, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Applied Acoustics pp. 89-97 ISSN: 0003-682X (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apacoust.2018.09.020) Published.

Romanova, Anna V. , Horoshenkov, Kirill V., Krynkin, Anton (2018), Dynamically rough boundary scattering effect on a propagating continuous acoustical wave in a circular pipe with flow, MDPI. In: , , , . MDPI, Sensors 1424-8220 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/s18041098) Published.

Conference item

Romanova, Anna and , Salah, Ghofran (2018), Social study on public awareness of the Living Green Wall health benefits, In: ABC: Activating Biophilic Cities, 4-5 September 2018, University of Greenwich , . , (doi: https://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/events/biophilic) Unpublished.

Romanova, Anna and , (2018), Overcoming Liminality in Peer Review, In: Medway Festival of Learning & Teaching, Thursday 13 September, 2018, Medway Campus - Pilkington Building , . , (doi: https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/medway/festival2018) Published.

Kofinas, Alexander , Romanova, Anna, Tsay, Han-Huei (Crystal), Ahmed, Sajeel (2018), Coping Cycle and its importance when designing an Assessment: Reflections on the Learning Process, In: Learning, Teaching and Student Experience, 24 - 25 April 2018, Glasgow , . , (doi: ) Inpress.

Romanova, Anna and , (2018), Personal Belbin types and MBTI preferences combination in group work assuring success, In: SHIFT 2018, Friday 5 January, 2018, Greenwich Maritime Campus, Queen Anne Court , . , (doi: https://showtime.gre.ac.uk/index.php/edu/shift2018/paper/viewPaper/1204) Published.

Conference proceedings

Romanova, Anna and , Horoshenkov, Kirill V. (2019), In-situ acoustic absorption of a living green wall, Curran Associates. In: , , Chicago, Illinois , 47th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (INTERNOISE 2018): Impact of Noise Control Engineerin. Curran Associates, ISBN: 9781510873032 (doi: ) Published.

Romanova, Anna and , (2018), Barriers in the Peer Review Process: overcoming the distress using a Critical Incidents Approach, Taylor & Francis. In: , , , SRHE International Conference on Research into Higher Educatio. Taylor & Francis, (doi: ) Inpress.