Usha Iyer-Raniga

Urban Scholar

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Development – Build Environment
  • Project Management

Associate Professor Usha Iyer-Raniga is Deputy Head, International at the School of Property and Construction Management, RMIT University. She is Director of the Sustainable Buildings Innovation Lab (SBiLab) at the School of Property, Construction and Project Management, dealing with research on thermal comfort, energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment. Recently, Usha has been appointed lead/co-lead for the Sustainable Buildings and Construction (SBC) Programme under the 10YFP Framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production for the United Nations. She is also leading a Flagship project under the SBC Programme. Usha’s primary interest is in sustainability of the built environment, in achieving practical solutions to ensure sustainable outcomes for the users of the built environment. Usha brings cross-disciplinary and project management experiences to her teaching and research.

Usha commenced working in the field of energy efficiency and conservation in the late 1980s. This has now broadened to encompass sustainability issues in the built environment. She commenced working in this field on maximising daylighting in office buildings as part of her Masters’ thesis, which she completed in the early 1990s. She has worked in architectural practices in India, Canada and Australia, bringing practical knowledge of energy efficiency and conservation and triple bottom line sustainability to buildings and the built environment.

Usha completed her Doctorate thesis in Australia in the late 1990s, and worked in private consulting, government and subsequently in academia. Her work in private consulting and in government was focused on tool development and matters pertaining to the introduction of regulatory compliance for energy efficiency measures in the residential and commercial building sectors in Australia. Usha has been invited as key note speaker and invited speaker at national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. Her teaching portfolio extends to Asian countries. She has been involved as an expert in panel discussions for Australian government, as well as for international organisations and industry.

Usha is a reviewer and scientific committee member for national and international referred journals and refereed conferences. She is on the editorial board for two refereed journals and has been a Board Member of the not-for-profit Alternative Technology Association (ATA) in Australia since 2009.

Usha is based in Melbourne, Australia.