Ayotunde Dawodu

Dr Ayotunde Dawodu PhD, MSc, BSc, BREEAM Assessor, WELL AP

Senior Lecturer in Built Environment

Dr Ayotunde Dawodu is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich Faculty of Engineering and Science. His research is centred on improving sustainable development of buildings, communities, and cities through considerations for scientific, socio-economic, and socio-cultural elements. He is a strong advocate of a balanced approach to sustainable development and inclusivity in design and development of the built environment.

Dr Ayotunde specialises is sustainability assessment tool methods for evaluating guiding, ranking and assessing the sustainability of buildings and communities. His research further specialises on investigating and enhancing adoption of these sustainability methods in less developed parts of the world. He is also a certified BREEAM Assessor and a WELL accredited Professional (AP), attesting to his professional capabilities as a sustainability and health and wellbeing expert in the built environment. He has recently been admitted into the WELL Concept Advisory group for Communities, where he provides research contribution to enhancing the impact of the WELL assessment tool.

Internationally he was awarded and completed a two year ‘China’s International Young research’ grant project, given by the National Natural Science Foundation China (NSFC) during his tenure as assistant professor at the University of Nottingham China, for his application titled An Alternative Pathway for the Sustainable Development of Cities:  The development of Campus-based Sustainability Assessment Tool| (CSAT) for Chinese Cities’, where he was awarded the equivalent of £35,000. He was also awarded £45,000 on a smart food system project.

Dr Ayotunde Dawodu's publications attest to his research activities, as he has authored 2 books and published over 25 journal papers all related to sustainability issues in cities and communities with 80% of them being in Q1 or Q2 journals. These journals include Sustainable City and Society, Building Research Information, Journal of Cleaner Production, Global Food Security, and books published by Routledge and Springer.

Responsibilities within the university

Module leader

  • Environmental and Passive Design Systems (MSc);
  • Sustainability Assessment Methods (MSc)

Module contributor

  • Sustainable and Healthily Buildings (MSc)
  • Sustainable Construction and Integrated Systems (BSc)


  • Zhejiang (China) Provincial First Class Undergraduate Award for Best Module course
  • PhD star award for 2016-2017 – awarded best PhD student of the faculty of science and engineering for 2016/2017
  • Certificate as Postgraduate Student Representative in the International Doctoral Innovation Centre for 2017/2018
  • Obtained a Developing solution scholarship to study an MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering.
  • Obtained a Research Scholarship to study a PhD in Energy technology from the university of Nottingham
  • WELL Faculty Changemaker Award 2023


  • BREEAM International New Construction Assessor
  • BREEAM Trainer
  • WELL Accredited Professional (AP)
  • WELL Advisor for ‘Community Concept’
  • WELL Faculty

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Research focused on the application of Sustainability assessment tools (investigating BREEAM, LEED ETC).
  • Health and wellbeing research on the built environment (investigating concepts such as WELL building framework).
  • Economic evaluation of sustainable/renewable initiatives (technology and policy) in the Built environment.
  • Research on Sustainable indicator development.
  • Research on Sustainable energy in buildings.
  • Research on Equity, Inclusivity, and People-centred planning for cities.
  • Research on Environmental Justice within the built environment.
  • Research on building, community, and city-wide Sustainability approach for urban development.

Key funded projects

  • Awarded the International young scientist fund for the project proposal “An Alternative Pathway for the Sustainable Development: The development of Campus-based Sustainability Assessment Tool (CSAT) for Chinese Cities” by Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) with the amount of 200,000RMB (£25,000)
  • University of Nottingham Match Funding (internal) – 100,000RMB (£11,500)
  • Approved Application – Campus Change Initiative by University of Nottingham China – Project Proposal: The Development of a Smart Food Campus System: Assessment and Enhancement of Current Campus Food System – amount applied – 360, 000RMB (£45,000)

Recent publications


Adewumi, Ayomikun Solomon , Onyango, Vincent, Moyo, Dumiso, Al Waer, Husam , Dawodu, Ayotunde (2023), Conceptualising the characteristics of the indicators of a neighbourhood sustainability assessment framework in a developing country context. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 102: 107197 . pp. 1-15 ISSN: 0195-9255 (Print), 1873-6432 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2023.107197).

Cheshmehzangi, Ali , Su, Zhaohui, Jin, Ruoyu, Dawodu, Ayotunde , Sedrez, Maycon , Ardakani, Saeid Pourroostaei , Zou, Tong (2023), Space and social distancing in managing and preventing COVID-19 community spread: an overview. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Heliyon, 9: e13879 (3) 2405-8440 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e13879).

Dawodu, Ayotunde , Dai, Haoyue, Zou, Tong, Zhou, Hongjie , Lian, Wenhan , Oladejo, Jumoke , Felix, Osebor (2022), Campus sustainability research: indicators and dimensions to consider for the design and assessment of a sustainable campus. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Heliyon, 8: e11864 (12) . pp. 1-26 2405-8440 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e11864).

Zou, Tong , Dawodu, Ayotunde, Mangi, Eugenio, Cheshmehzangi, Ali (2022), General limitations of the current approach in developing sustainable food system frameworks. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Global Food Security, 33 ISSN: 2211-9124 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2022.100624).

Cheshmehzangi, Ali , Li, Yujian, Li, Haoran, Zhang, Shuyue , Huang, Xiangliang , Chen, Xu , Sedrez, Maycon , Dawodu, Ayotunde (2022), A hierarchical study for urban statistical indicators on the prevalence of COVID-19 in Chinese city clusters based on multiple linear regression (MLR) and polynomial best subset regression (PBSR) analysis. Nature. In: , , , . Nature, Scientific Reports ISSN: 2045-2322 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-05859-8).

Dawodu, Ayotunde , Cheshmehzangi, Ali, Sharifi, Ayyoob, Oladejo, Jumoke (2022), Neighborhood sustainability assessment tools: Research trends and forecast for the built environment. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Sustainable Futures, 4 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sftr.2022.100064).

Li, Haoran , Cheshmehzangi, Ali, Zhang, Zhiang, Su, Zhaohui , Ardakani, Saeid Pourroostaei , Sedrez, Maycon , Dawodu, Ayotunde (2022), The Correlation Analysis between Air Quality and Construction Sites: Evaluation in the Urban Environment during the COVID-19 Pandemic. MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland). In: , , , . MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland), Sustainability, 14 (12) ISSN: 2071-1050 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/su14127075).

Cheshmehzangi, Ali and , Dawodu, Ayotunde (2021), Towards a Sustainable Energy Planning Strategy: The Utilisation of Floor Area Ratio for Residential Community Planning and Design in China. Frontiers. In: , , , . Frontiers, Frontiers in Sustainable cities, 3 (doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/frsc.2021.687895).

Dawodu, Ayotunde , Sharifi, Ayyoob, Cheshmehzangi, Ali, Oladejo, Jumoke (2021), The illusion of participation: Are participatory indicators truly effective in neigborhood sustainability assessment tools. Elsevier Ltd.. In: , , , . Elsevier Ltd., Journal of Cleaner Production, 311 ISSN: 0959-6526 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.127538).

Cheshmehzangi, Ali , Sedrez, Maycon, Ren, Junhang, Kong, Dezhou , Shen, Yifan , Bao, Sinan , Xu, Junhao , Su, Zhaohui , Dawodu, Ayotunde (2021), The Effect of Mobility on the Spread of COVID-19 in Light of Regional Differences in the European Union. MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland). In: , , , . MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland), Sustainability, 13 (10) ISSN: 2071-1050 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/su13105395).