Henry Ibitolu

Thesis title: Mitigating Urban Warming in Future Cities with Sustainable Earthen Building Materials: A Multiscale Evaluation


Henry’s PhD research focus is on exploring ways to mitigate the Urban Heat Island (UHI) phenomenon in future cities through the intelligent use of sustainable earth building materials. He is working collaboratively between the Institute of Infrastructure and Environment (IIE), and the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC) at the University of Glasgow. By employing an interdisciplinary approach, he is aiming to give answers to his research question - “To what extent can we replace lightweight building materials used in hot climates with thermally massive materials to mitigate emerging urban warming and alleviate the need for energy-intensive air conditioning?”

Prior to his PhD, as an Erasmus+ scholar he completed triple Masters (Distinctions) degrees in Urban Climate, Sustainability and Environmental Technology, and has previously worked as an environmental consultant for climate-related projects. In his spare time, Henry manages SustyClimateHub.com – an online platform he founded to share global opportunities within climate and sustainability.

Responsibilities & affiliations

Committee Member - International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) Poster Conference

Member - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Member - Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)

GradMember - Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA)

Undergraduate teaching

Tutor for undergraduate Engineering Courses:

- CIVE08027 - Practical Skills in Civil Engineering (2021/2022)

- CIVE09037 - Civil Engineering Infrastructures and Construction (2021/2022)

Current project grants

- Future Cities PhD Studentship 2020

Past project grants

- EU Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Scholarship 2018
- SGAC Young Space Leaders Award


- Organizer; International Association for Urban Climate (IAUC) Poster Conference (Aug 28 – Sept 1, 2023)


- European Geoscience Union (EGU) 2022, Vienna, Austria, May 23 -27, 2022

- AGILE PhD School, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain), June 1 to 3, 2022

Papers delivered

- Ibitolu, H., Zhao, Q., Beckett, C., and Fosas, D.: Earthen Building materials to mitigate Urban Heat: An Urban Microclimate and Human Thermal Comfort Study across various neighborhood types, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-8188, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu22-8188, 2022.

MSc (Hons) in Sustainable Urban Environment, (Distinction), Glasgow Caledonian University (2020)

MEng in Urban Sustainability Engineering, (4/5), LUT University, Finland (2019)

MSc in Environment Technology, Universidade de Huelva, Spain (2020)

BTech (Hons) in Meteorology and Climate Science, (Second Upper), The Federal of University Akure, Nigeria (2014)