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Dr Stephanie Gauthier DEFA, DPLG, PGCert, MSc, PhD, ARB, RIBA, FHEA

Associate Professor in Energy and Buildings

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Stephanie Gauthier is an Associate Professor in Energy and Buildings and the Admission Tutor for Civil Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Having graduated in Architecture from the University of Paris Val de Seine, she completed her MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering and my PhD in Energy and the Built Environment at University College London. Having completed my PGCert in Academic Practice at the University of Southampton, she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to her MSc, she worked for over eight years in consultancy (Arup, HOK, Atkins, ADPi and AREP), mostly focused in buildings and infrastructure. As an architect and project manager in multi-disciplinary design teams, she collaborated on schemes in Abu Dhabi, UK, France and China; including the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, the King Alfred Development in association with Gehry Partners, BSkyB broadcast centre in London and Abu Dhabi National Stadium.

After her PhD, she was a research associate at the UCL Energy Institute. Part of Cisco Future Cities project, her research focused on demand-side response from commercial buildings.

Research interests

Her research focuses on energy demand, specifically on the thermal performance of buildings, occupants’ behaviour modelling and human thermal comfort. Her research themes include:

  • Energy demand
  • Sustainable cities
  • Built environment
  • Behaviour change
  • Human wellbeing
  • Thermal comfort

As Co-Investigator, she has been working on a range of research projects addressing fuel poverty, indoor air quality, social care, low carbon technologies uptake in UK homes, a trial of technologies in district heating networks in Europe and energy demand management trough heat deferral.

As Principal Investigator, she has completed a scoping review on UK occupancy patterns.

These projects have a range of funding agencies, including Innovate UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the EU H2020 programme.

Recent Projects

Research group

Energy and Climate Change

Affiliate research groups

International Energy Agency (IEA), Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) programme. , IEA EBC Annex 66 Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behavior in Buildings (Observing Participant), IEA EBC Annex 69 Strategy and Practice of Adaptive Thermal Comfort in Low Energy Buildings (Official Participant), IEA EBC Annex 79 Occupant-Centric Building Design and Operation

Admission Tutor for Civil Engineering

As admission tutor, she oversees the admission process, including helping to organise outreach events and visit days, reviewing applications, coordinating the clearing process and liaising with the leadership on admissions policies.

Personal Academic Tutor

As personal academic tutor, she helps first year Civil Engineering tutees in their transition as they settle into University. She also gives one-to-one support and advice to all tutees throughout their time at the University.

Industrial Placement Year Advisor (FEEG3009)

As placement advisor, she is the main point of contact with the University for the students and the employers during the placement year. The Industrial Placement Year takes place between the second and third year of our Civil Engineering programs.

Royal Institute of Chartered Architect (RIBA)

As a chartered architect, she is an active member of the RIBA regional group on the Isle of Wight. She has been judging the group’s annual design award for seven years.

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE)

As an affiliate, she is a member of the energy performance group and the building simulation group.

Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Having completed Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Academic Practice at the University of Southampton, she is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

STEM ambassador

As an ambassador, she volunteers in schools to help bring STEM subjects to life trough workshop and demonstrate the value of them in careers.

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Book Chapter

  • Ucci, M., Gauthier, S., & Mavrogianni, A. (2018). Thermal comfort and overheating. In D. Mumovic, & M. Santamouris (Eds.), A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering: An Integrated Approach to Energy, Health and Operational Performance (2nd Edition ed.). Routledge.



Data Analysis & Experimental Methods for Civil and Environmental Engineering (FEEG6025)

Module Lead and Lecturer

This MSc module introduces research study design and data analysis tools to engineers. The statistical tools comprise of descriptive and exploratory data analysis, statistical inference and modelling including machine learning.

Climate Design of Buildings and Cities (CENV6145)

Module Co-Lead and Lecturer

This MSc module strives to enable students to address climatic building design and develop the sustainable urban concepts required to achieve the significant carbon reductions required in the future.

Climate Change, Energy and Settlements (CENV6147)


This MSc module focuses on the relationships between settlements, resources, climate and energy through history. Building on this knowledge, students develop ideas and concepts towards sustainable buildings, lifestyles and resources (including renewal energy technologies).

Energy Performance Assessment of Buildings (CENV6148)


This Year 4 Civil Engineering Module and MSc module gives an overview of the policy issues, various planning aids and assessment methods available to quantify energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings.

Part III Individual Project (FEEG3003)

Project supervisor

The third-year individual project gives students the opportunity to gain details knowledge and practical experience in a focused area of Engineering. The project will bring together many of the concepts learnt over the first two years of the course as well as the knowledge and skills learnt during Year 3.

Part IV Group Design Project (FEEG6013)

Project supervisor

The fourth-year group project enables students to apply your conceptual engineering and science knowledge to a design project. The ideas are developed through detailed design, experimentation, computer modelling and/or manufacture.

MSc Project (FEEG6012)

Project supervisor

These independent, original and critical research projects explore in depth some aspect the students’ specialist subject area. The topic of the dissertation may relate to the supervisors’ research.

Before joining the University of Southampton, she developed and taught two MSc modules at University College London. Both modules were part of the MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering, the first one focused on ‘Methods of Environmental Analysis’, and the second on the ‘Principles of Sustainable Housing Design’. She has also contributed to a number of MSc and MRes modules as a guest lecturer and design project tutor, and have supervised a number of postgraduate students’ dissertations.

Dr Stephanie Gauthier
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