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 Sally Naji

Sally Naji

Research student, Welsh School of Architecture


Sally Naji has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Al-Nahrain University in Iraq. She was awarded the Masters degree in 2009 in Environment & Technology from the Architectural Department of the same University directly after the BSc.

Sustainability was the main interest of her MSc research and her thesis was titled, ‘The Affordance of Place and The Ways of Achieving Sustainable Architecture’. She spent three years working as an architect in the Engineering Consultation Office of Al- Nahrain University and teaching Auto Cad & Engineering Drawing in the College of Information at the same University.

In 2014 Sally started her PhD in a topic related to the main interest of her MSc study, which is about Sustainability Issues in the Built Environment.

Selected publications

  • Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment Tools and Water System Adaptation: A Framework to Analyse the Adaptive Capacity in the Physical-Social Context
  • A Conceptual Framework for the Use of Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment Tools in Building Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change



Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment Tools and their potential in exploring and enhancing Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in the physical-social context

Sally's PhD research aims to be innovative and significant in its theoretical and practical contributions in terms of identifying a novel and appropriate index for the evaluation of neighbourhood sustainability assessment tools (NSAs). The NSAs have been selected for the investigation because they have the potential to address the adaptive capacity principles and strategies that can have an impact on climate change. The main aim of her research is to formulate and develop a comprehensive framework for measuring the level of the physical and social sustainability of these tools in promoting the climate adaptation process. The research will investigate the physical-social interaction of these tools. For this purpose, three NSAs have been chosen for the investigation process: LEE ND, BREEAM COMMUNITIES and CASBEE UD, as they are the most developed, current tools.
Later on, the research will analyse in detail the BREEAM COMMUNITIES as a tool that has been applied in large projects in the UK. The practical analysis of the physical indicators and the community engagement during the decision making process will be thoroughly addressed.

Finally, the research aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the tools’ theoretical structure and practical strategy towards developing the adaptive capacity process regarding climate change.