School of Civil Engineering and Surveying


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Miquel Banchs-Piqué

  • Qualifications: Licentiate (Lic) in Physics (by University of Barcelona, UB), MSc in Photonics (by ICFO, UPC, UB and UAB)
  • Role Title: Research Student
  • Address: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 2903
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  • Department: School of Civil Engineering & Surveying
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology


I've been a PhD Student in the School of Civil Engineering & Surveying (SCES) at the University of Portsmouth since October 2016.

I'm member of the Doctoral Training Alliance Energy Group where I lead a project to create and manage a blog for the group. I'm also an associate member of the Energy Institute, and I'm the PhD student representative for SCES.

Before I came to Portsmouth, I spent six years in Göttingen (Germany), ten months in Helsinki (Finland) and six months in Barcelona. I lived the rest of my life in Gelida, my hometown. I studied physics and photonics and worked for six years as a laboratory assistant in the University of Göttingen.

Together with a small group of people, I am organising what will be the first local chapter of the Economy for the Common Good in the UK. I'm a member of the Portsmouth Zero Waste group and collaborate with a number of other social and scientific projects.


For my PhD, I am adapting the theoretical framework of 'Designing resilient cities' to the analysis of the built environment and the interventions that affect it. I will also use this tool to analyse household energy consumption and to measure the resilience of interventions aimed at decreasing it. Our objective is to propose improvements to the regulations affecting the built environment.

'Designing resilient cities' is a tool to evaluate the long-term performance of today's urban design solutions and their associated risks. It consists of the description —qualitative, as well as quantitative— of four plausible future scenarios in the context of the UK urban environment, together with a methodology to evaluate the performance of sustainable solutions in these scenarios.

My adaptation adds indicators related to the built environment to the description of the scenarios, and a layer to take the effects of climate change into consideration to its methodology.

Names of Supervisors

Professor Mark Gaterell, Professor Victor Becerra and Dr David Hutchinson

Other Interests

I'm deeply interested in schools of thought around advanced sustainability (for example, Cradle to Cradle, Blue Economy, Circular Economy, Biomimicry…), and in improving of the socio-economic future of humanity.