Imperial College London

Dr C M (Tilly) Collins

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Senior Fellow



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110aWeeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I am a senior academic in the CEP and hold both Research and Teaching positions.

My research inteResearch Interestsrests are broad and I have a personal portfolio in aspects of Urban Ecology; under the 'Missing Bricks' scheme and via John Mumford's Risk Management Team within the Environmental Security and Governance Group which contributes to a number of projects nationally and internationally. In this group I contribute to field data flow and management for Target Malaria.

Missing Bricks.The Missing Bricks programme designs and oversees the development of appropriate educational modules (both in academic and CPD settings) that meet a need within sustainable development. Current projects include:

  1. A module to support urban planners and arboricultural officers in tree planting decisions.  This provides background education and information to maximise consideration of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity, and thus long-term sustainable urban ecosystems.
  2. Creating unified guidance on sustainable building design (embedded and ongoing usage carbon footprint by maximising passive design, local palette and intermediate technologies) which incorporates health considerations such as vector control (what you can do simply to reduce risks of vector borne disease by including aspects of reducing attractiveness to mosquitoes in the design/construction) and ventilation (appropriate and accessible technology for cooking). 

A fundamental part of this will be to understand how to reach the informal building sector which is the majority constructor in many development settings. .

In all Missing Bricks projects, the emphases are on developing an appropriate message medium and materials to ensure a maximum reach and on dicovering the optimal delivery routes.

Media.I also contribute regularly to the wider media on ecological and entomological topics and has appeared on (amongst others) Radio 4's TODAY show, Blue Peter, several 'Insect Eating' documentaries and on the pages of many popular and specialist magazines. 

Academic Path.My PhD (2001) was in the ecology of the aphid fauna of willow trees and gives me roots in applied entomology and crop pest biology.  After a post doctoral appointment in the Department of Environmental Science & Technology (DEST) of Imperial College, and a teaching appointment in the School of Biology at Leeds University, I returned to Imperial College's Department of Biology in October 2003 where I remained based until 2012. Whilst there I was the Senior Womens' Tutor, convened the second undergraduate year for Biology Degrees, several undergraduate modules and the created the popular MSc in Ecological Applications.

In my current teaching portfolio I convene and teach MSc Research Design and Statistics as well as having a responsibility for the MSc Ecology delivery.  I oversee the CEP's contribution to teaching of Natural Resource Management into the Biology Department. I am also the Senior Women's Tutor for the CEP and have received Rector's Awards for Excellence in Teaching and for Excellence in Pastoral Care.

In addition to my work at Imperial College, I was a Senior Lecturer in Entomology at Harper Adams University College, am an Associate with the Environmental Consultancy, Collingwood Environmental Planning, do outreach to encourage science and Entomology in schools, am a School Govrenor and a Queen's Park rangers supporter.....



Collins C, Vaskou P, Kountouris I, Insect food products in the Western world: assessing the potential of a new ‘green’ market, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, ISSN:0013-8746

Benedict MQ, Hunt CM, Vella MG, et al., 2019, Pragmatic selection of larval mosquito diets for insectary rearing of Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti

Collins C, Cook-Monie I, Raum S, 2019, What do people know? Ecosystem services, public perception and sustainable management of urban park trees in London, U.K., Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, Vol:43, ISSN:1618-8667

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