Helen Mulligan

Helen Mulligan
MA DipArch MBA PhD

Helen Mulligan has been a director of CAR since 1990. Her role has been in business development and project management of research and consultancy in both public and private sectors. Her expertise is in climate responsive design; natural systems for commercial buildings; energy efficiency in the building stock; energy policy and emission permit trading; application of financial theory to sustainable decision making; and client consultation techniques.

Dr. Mulligan is a qualified architect and has also gained the degree of Master of Business Administration, which has broadened her familiarity with economic and financial contexts and extended her awareness of the relevance of her expertise to a wide range of business sectors. She maintains academic links with the University of Cambridge, where she has supervised a number of student dissertations at postgraduate and doctoral level.

As a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, her research topic at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development was Carbon Emission Permit Trading in the International Marketplace: Implications for the Built Environment. While at IURD, she co-founded the Shrinking Cities International Research Network, and subsequently led the contributions on environmental issues for a multi-author global study of issues associated with urban shrinkage and regeneration.

Dr. Mulligan has led the British contribution to a number of international projects. She is currently working on developing resilience to climate change and catastrophic events in shrinking cities, with support from the EU Marie Curie programme. A further project - for which she was co-principal investigator - established environmental performance characteristics for new building products manufactured from bamboo, and was funded by the Research Councils of the G7 countries. Other projects include water conservation planning, and analysis of embodied energy in alternative structural elements, in a mixed-use urban quarter sustainability plan for Shenzhen in China; and formulating green growth indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy for the OECD Economic Development Programme.

Within the UK, Dr. Mulligan has provided research and consultancy on monitoring and evaluation, including user engagement, of a sports and cultural facility for a commercial client; and evaluating an innovative dynamically insulated roof retrofit system for an academy school under the Invest in Innovative Refurbishment scheme for the Technology Strategy Board.

Other research projects include work for the UN Commission for Human Settlements, several EU directorates and British government departments. A number of recent projects have featured inter-sectoral partnerships between commercial companies, non-profit organisations and government bodies.