Studies Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER) was established in 2015 and is part of the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI).
It was formed to stimulate a research environment across a range of areas within the School of the Built Environment. We are based in the Belfast campus.
SABER develops multi-disciplinary applied research now common within the Built Environment.
SABER reflects the multi-disciplinary activities of Ulster University.
Research themes include:
- Decarbonisation of materials used in construction,
- Hydraulic scour of river channels,
- Non-contact methods of measurement
- Digital Twin technologies
Our practise-based expertise is core to addressing the complex issues common to our Built Environment.
SABER espouses an 'hands-on active research' model, wherein engagement with institutions, industry, professional bodies, policy-makers and communities (internationally and locally) generates research, and research generates engagement
Our aims are to:
- Build a practical and theoretical understanding of multi-disciplinary relationships within our Built Environment.
- Examine the role of international and domestic practise to facilitate a better Built Environment for all.
- Develop links between Northern Ireland and international experience, so as to benefit both Northern Ireland and other contexts.
- Inform policy makers involved in looking after our Built Environment.
- Make visible, critically examine failings and provide solutions to current practise.
SABER is led by Dr David Woodward (Director).