Dr Judith Thornton


Dr Judith Thornton

Low Carbon Manager (Beacon)

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Judith is a Low Carbon Manager in the BEACON project. Her main interest is in low carbon building materials. 

Before coming to Aberystwyth, Judith was a postdoc in Leeds where she researched water footprinting and water efficiency. Other previous positions include in the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff), Civil Engineering (Padua, Italy), and the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT, Machynlleth). Judith has undertaken water and sewage consultancy for a number of years, including policy research projects for the Environment Agency, Energy Savings Trust, DCLG and a range of private sector clients. This included writing national water efficiency standards for the AECB, a book on private water supplies, a smattering of journal papers and LCA studies, and desigining/installing water and sewage treatment systems.

Her personal blog is here.



In addition to teaching in Abersytwyth, Judith is a regular guest lecturer at the Centre for Alternative Technology and Cardiff University.


Judith works with companies in Wales and beyond on innovations in plant-based building materials. Her aim is to improve the dialogue between the end user (the building industry) and the designer (the plant scientist and breeder), in order that future plant-based building materials are fit for purpose. At present, this includes work on strawbale building, bioaggregate wall insulation, and breathable plasters containing plant material.


Progress in upscaling Miscanthus biomass production for the European bio-economy with seed-based hybridsClifton-Brown, J., Hastings, A., Mos, M., McCalmont, J., Ashman, C., Awty-Carroll, D., Cerazy, J., Chiang, Y-C., Cosentino, S., Cracroft-Eley, W., Scurlock, J., Donnison, I., Glover, C., Golab, I., Greef, J., Gwyn, J., Harding, G., Hayes, C., Helios, W., Hsu, T. W., Huang, L., Jezownski, S., Kim, D-S., Kiesel, A., Kotecki, A., Krzyzak, J., Lewandowski, I., Lim, S. H., Liu, J., Loosely, M., Meyer, H., Murphy-Bokern, D., Nelson, W., Pogrzeba, M., Robinson, G., Robson, P., Rogers, C., Scalici, G., Schuele, H., Shafiei, R., Shevchuk, O., Schwarz, K-U., Squance, M., Swaller, T., Thornton, J., Truckses, T., Botnari, V., Vizir, I., Wagner, M., Warren, R., Webster, R., Yamada, T., Youell, S., Xi, Q., Zong, J. & Flavell, R. 2017 In : GCB Bioenergy.9, 1, p. 6-17
Review: Improving the impact of plant science on urban planning and designWootton-Beard, P., Xing, Y., Durai Prabhakaran, R. T., Robson, P., Bosch, M., Thornton, J., Ormondroyd, G., Jones, P. & Donnison, I. 2016 In : Buildings.6, 4, 27 p.
Rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing in UK schools: opportunities for combining with water efficiency educationThornton, J. & Hassell, C. 2014 Alternative Water Supply Systems.IWA Publishing
Bristol Water Works Company; a study of nineteenth century resistance to local authority purchase attemptsThornton, J. & Pearson, P. 2013 In : Water History.5, 3, p. 307-330
Choosing Ecological Water Supply and TreatmentThornton, J. 2013 United Kingdom: Centre for Alternative Technology. 218 p.
Governing transitions: Cases and insights from two periods in the history of the UK gas industryArapostathis, S., Carlsson-Hyslop, A., Pearson, P. J. G., Thornton, J., Gradillas, M., Laczay, S. & Wallis, S. 2013 In : Energy Policy.52, p. 25-4420 p.
Branching points for transition pathways: Assessing responses of actors to challenges on pathways to a low carbon futureFoxon, T. J., Pearson, P. J. G., Arapostathis, S., Carlsson-Hyslop, A. & Thornton, J. 2013 In : Energy Policy.52, p. 146-15813 p.
Bayesian Networks for the management of greenhouse gas emissions in the British agricultural sectorPérez-Miñana, E., Krause, P. J. & Thornton, J. 2012 In : Environmental Modelling and Software.35, p. 132-14817 p.
The Water Book: Find it, move it, store it, clean it... use itThornton, J. 2005 United Kingdom: Centre for Alternative Technology. 192 p.
Briefing: Moving towards sustainability in the sewage treatment industryThornton, J. 2003 In : Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability.156, 2, p. 79-802 p.
Electrical stimulation of the midbrain increases heart rate and arterial blood pressure in awake humansThornton, J. M., Aziz, T., Schlugman, D. & Paterson, D. J. 2002 In : Journal of Physiology.539, 2, p. 615-6217 p.
Identification of higher brain centres that may encode the cardiorespiratory response to exercise in humansThornton, J. M., Guz, A., Murphy, K., Griffith, A. R., Pedersen, D. L., Kardos, A., Leff, A., Adams, L., Casadei, B. & Paterson, D. J. 2001 In : Journal of Physiology.533, 3, p. 823-83614 p.
Ventricular activation during sympathetic imbalance and its computational reconstructionNash, M. P., Thornton, J., Sears, C. E., Varghese, A., O'Neill, M. & Paterson, D. J. 2001 In : Journal of Applied Physiology.90, 1, p. 287-29812 p.
Ventilatory response to imagination of exercise and altered perception of exercise load under hypnosisThornton, J., Pederson, D. L., Kardos, A., Guz, A., Casadei, B. & Paterson, D. J. 1998 Advances in Modeling and Control of Ventilation. Hughson, R. L., Cunningham, D. A. & Duffin, J. (eds.). Springer Nature, Vol. 450, p. 195-197 (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology)