Affiliated staff


Dr. Karin Helwig


Karin has been involved in research in the field of pharmaceutical pollution in the aquatic environment for the past eight years. She is currently working on the Newton-funded WEMSI Project on prioritising micropollutants in Brazil. Previously, she worked on the EU noPILLS project, investigating strategies for the reduction of pharmaceutical inputs into the sewer and surface waters, and the PILLS Project, which focused on hospital effluents as point sources of pharmaceutical pollution. Her key interests in this area are catchment analysis, predictive approaches for risk assessment and environmental stewardship. Recently, she has also taken an interest in water issues in the context of Climate Justice and is involved in GCU’s Centre for Climate Justice. Other research interests have included water quality in private drinking water supplies, innovation in aquatic monitoring, and abatement techniques for emissions from farming.


Dr. Lani Russell

Senior Lecturer

Lani Russell came to sociology from history and to the UK from Australia in 2000. Her interdisciplinary PhD, awarded in 1999, explored the relationship between the labour movement and radical student movement in Australia in the 1960s. She took up a teaching post at GCU in 2007 having held postgraduate research fellowships at GCU and at the University of Sussex. Lani’s published work has been in the fields of women’s history, oral history and race equality. Her textbook Sociology for Health Professionals, based on her GCU teaching experience, was published by Sage in 2013. The main focus of her current research is race, migration and empire, including a study of the implications of concepts of ‘cultural competence’ and competence in the NHS.

Dr. Anita Meldrum

Senior Lecturer

Dr Anita Meldrum is the Assistant Head of Department, Surveying Sustainable Environments and Communities (within the Department of Construction and Surveying). Before becoming an academic, she had over 20 years’ experience in the water industry, and design and project management of international water and wastewater treatment projects. She also has board level EHS management experience in the water and electronics industries. More recently, EHS consultancy experience included providing regulatory impact assessment, waste market research, sustainability and environmental management studies for both private and public sector organisations. Anita has also worked on a voluntary basis as a non-executive director and chairman in a local economic development company. Academic consultancy work includes work on a biofuels KTP for Fyne Homes, Human powered water treatment for the developing world for Red Button Design and Wastewater characterisation for a meat processing company, AK Stoddart. Her research interests cover: water resource management, water and wastewater treatment and water access and public health in developing countries.

Dr Malawi Ngwira


Dr Malawi Ngwira is the programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Property Management and Valuation programme. Malawi has worked as a Chartered Valuation Surveyor (MRICS) for a number of leading organisations both in Scotland and England specialising in Real Estate Valuations of both commercial and residential subjects for a variety of purposes including acquisition, disposal, rental, development, taxation, financial statements; Property Asset Management. He joined the School in 2008 and lectures on both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, BSc (Hon) Property Management & Valuation and MSc Real Estate Management, respectively. His specialist areas in which he lectures include property asset management; techniques for valuing, appraising and managing commercial real estate investment portfolios; statutory valuations including valuations for taxations, compulsory purchase and compensation; valuations for financial statements; and principles of infrastructure asset management especially as they apply to the built environment of public sector assets.

Dr. Roberto Ramirez

Senior Lecturer

Dr Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez received a BEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in 1996, and an MSc in Communications and Real-Time Electronic Systems from the University of Bradford in 1998. After obtaining his first degree he worked for a short period of time for Tektronix Mexico in the area of Tools and Business Units. In 1998 he started postgraduate studies at the University of Warwick from which he got his PhD in 2002. Shortly afterwards he started working as a researcher for Optical Antenna Solutions within the Communications and Signal Processing group in the Photonics and Communications Laboratory of Warwick University. He joined Glasgow Caledonian University in 2007 where he currently works as a senior lecturer within the School of Engineering and the Built Environment. Dr Ramirez-Iniguez has produced several technical publications and has 3 patents under his name. He was awarded the IEE/Sir Henry Royce Award for excellence in research in 2003 and the IET WATW (2nd prize) in 2002. His research projects include: optical concentrators for solar photovoltaics and Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) Systems, optical front-ends for wireless infrared and visible light communications, optical antennas, and optical collimators/beam-shapers for illumination.

Prof. Stephen Webb

Deputy Director of The Centre for Living

Stephen Webb is Professor of Social Work at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. Previous to this he was Director of the Institute for Social Inclusion and Well-being, University of Newcastle, Australia and Professorial Research Fellow at University of Sussex. He is interested in areas of social work and social theory; evidence-based practice; risk, neoliberalism and social work; ethics and values in social work; the politics of social work; decisionmaking and professional identity; social work as art; community social work and community engagement; international social work and global agendas.

Stephen is author of several books including 'Social Work in a Risk Society' (Palgrave 2006) and 'Evidence-based Social Work: A Critical Stance' (with Gray & Plath, Routledge 2009). He is co-editor (with Gray) of 'Social Work Theories and Methods' (Sage 2008), the four-volume international reference work 'International Social Work'(Sage 2010), 'Ethics and Value Perspectives in Social Work' (Palgrave 2010), and the 'Sage Handbook of Social Work' (for Sage, with Gray & Midgley, 2012). Webb's critical analysis ‘Considerations on the validity of evidence-based practice in social work' (2001) is the world's most cited article in the field and the most
influential publication in social work over the last ten years (Hodge et al., 2011). He is has recently completed 'The New Politicsof Critical Social Work' for Palgrave and the 2nd edition of 'Social Work Theories and Methods' for Sage, London which has been translated into Korean and Polish languages.

Prof. Rohinton Emmanuel

Director of BEAM Research Centre

Professor Rohinton Emmanuel is Professor in Sustainable Design and Construction in Glasgow Caledonia University and has over 20 years of University teaching experience in Sri Lanka, Sweden, USA and UK. As an Architect with urban design interests, Rohinton pioneered the inquiry of urban overheating in tropical cities and has taught and consulted on climate, energy and environment sensitive design, building and urban sustainability and its assessment, urban heat islands and energy efficiency.

Rohinton leads the Sustainable Urban Environment Research Group (SUE-RG) and is an elected member of and Secretary to the Board of the International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC). He is also a member of a World Meteorological Organization Expert Team on Urban and Building Climatology and the Working Group on ‘Climate Change and the Built Environment’ (W108) of the International Council for Buildings (CIB). He had designed LEED certified buildings and has consulted widely in the area of energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. Current research includes the development of the next generation of building sustainability assessment systems, natural building materials and processes for energy efficiency in existing buildings and urban heat island measurement in Glasgow, funded by UK and EU funding bodies.