Beatrice Smyth

  • Beatrice is a lecturer in the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, and is part of the Clean Energies Research Group. Her research is focused on the production and use of biomethane as a renewable fuel. Specific areas of work include analysis and optimisation of energy pathways, resource quantification and mapping, energy and carbon life cycle analyses, land use change and economic assessment. The interplay between systems is another area of interest, with topics such as the use of energy crops for wastewater treatment and the impact of alternative fuels on urban air quality currently under investigation. Although Beatrice’s background is in renewable energies, her experience in environmental assessment, including waste management and life cycle analysis, has sparked research collaborations with colleagues in manufacturing, aerospace and polymer engineering. Prior to moving to Queen’s in 2013, Beatrice worked in both the public and private sectors, mainly in energy/carbon management and in geotechnical and environmental engineering.

    Beatrice has an excellent publication record and regularly publishes in high impact factor journals. She has six journal papers in top 5% SNIP journals and a further two in top 10% journals. She has a h-index of 6 and has 244 citations by 191 documents (as determined by Scopus). She regularly contributes to conferences, has published two book chapters and was an invited speaker at SustainEx 2014, an annual Invest NI/Sustainable Ireland event for policy makers and industry. She has acted as a reviewer for the BBSRC NIBB Anaerobic Digestion Network. She is an associate editor with the British Journal of Environment and Climate Change, a newly established journal led by Georgia Institute of Technology, and has been a regular reviewer for high impact factor journals for several years, including two top 5% journals (Energy and Applied Energy). She was co-chair of the 2014 Water Efficiency Conference and a special session co-chair at the 2015 SDEWES Conference


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