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Research Interests of the Team

 

Area 1 - Biodiversity

 
Dr Jon Sadler
University of Birmingham
Email: J.P.Sadler@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 414 5776
 
Dr Jon Sadler is a Reader in Biogeography in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. 
 
His interests and projects include:
1. Ecology and Biogeography of Urban Spaces:
   a. Biodiversity in Cities: Encountering and developing awareness of wildlife in open spaces - OPAL (350K) ‏
   b. Sustainable Ecology and the City* - SUE 1
   c. Alien species and Biodiversity: generic models to practical management - NERC (URGENT) ‏
   d. Biodiversity in urban habitat fragments - NERC (URGENT)
 
2. Disturbance Ecology and Biogeography of patchy habitats in river environments:
   a. Disturbance Ecology of Exposed Riverine Sediments - EA, NE and CCW (250K) ‏
   b. Population dynamics and autecology of riparian specialist species - CCW
   c. Restoration ecology of riparian margins - CCW, NE
 
3. Biodiversity knowledges
   a. Creation and use of biodiversity knowledge and biodiversity science - ESRC/NERC (3 PhD studentships) ‏
 
James Hale (MRes)
University of Birmingham
Email: j.hale@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 4145523
 
James Hale is a research associate within the school of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES). He has previously worked on the Birmingham Eastside Project and for several public sector research institutes and planning departments.
 
His projects include:
1. Analysis of greenspace structure and function for Aberdeen City Local Plan (2004)
2. Management of the Aberdeen City Heritage Trails project 
3. Development of a nature conservation guidance document for planning officers 
4. Review of control methods for the invasive American Signal Crayfish.
5. Development of a method for surveying small woody debris within headwater streams.
 
His research interests include:
1. The ecology of urban habitats. How do species move through urban areas, what are the key barriers and thresholds. Opportunities for habitat creation.
2. Decision making in planning and policy for ecological conservation and enhancement.
3. Cross-disciplinary issues. Urban design solutions to ecological problems, and services derived from ecological features.
 
 

Area 2 - Air Quality

 
Professor Nicholas Hewitt
Lancaster University
Email: n.hewitt@lancaster.ac.uk
Tel: 01524 593931
 
Professor Nicholas Hewitt is a Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in the Environmental Science Department of Lancaster University.
 
His interests include:
1. The composition and chemistry of the Earth's lower atmosphere and its interactions with the biosphere, particularly with respect to reactive volatile organic compounds and their products.
 
His recent activities include:
1. Member: Royal Society Review and Assessment Panel on Ground level ozone in the 21st century
2. Co-Chair 4th Gordon Research Conference on Biogenic Hydrocarbons and the Atmosphere, Ventura CA, USA
3. Co-Chair: Royal Society Discussion Meeting, The biogeochemistry of trace gases and their role in driving climate change, London
 
Dr Rob MacKenzie
Lancaster University
Email: r.mackenzie@lancaster.ac.uk
Tel: 01524 593970
 
Dr Rob MacKenzie is a Reader in Atmospheric Science in the Environmental Science Department at Lancaster University. 
 
His research interests include:
1. Tropospheric photochemistry including the production of secondary organic aerosol
2. Cirrus clouds and the water budget in the upper troposphere
3. Chemistry and transport in the ozone layer
 
His recent research activities include:
1. Use of high-altitude aircraft to probe the chemistry and transport at the top of tropical thunderstorms.
2. Executive Committee member of the SCOUT-O3 Integrated project of the EC.
3. Use of ground-based and aircraft measurements to study the photochemistry in and above SE Asian rainforest.
4. Head, National Contrail Observers Network - upcoming exhibit in Science Museum.
5. Director, Environmental Research and Services Srl - high-altitude aircraft and remote sensing services
 
Dr Duncan Whyatt
Division of Geography, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University
Email: d.whyatt@lancaster.ac.uk
Tel: 01524 510239
 
Dr Duncan Whyatt is a Lecturer in Geographical Information Systems in the Geography Department of Lancaster University.
 
His recently funded projects include:
1. Understanding the Factors Affecting Health in Halton, Halton Health Partnership.
2. Assessing Risks of Climate Change to the Advection, Dispersion and Deposition of Air Pollutants. Environment Agency
3. Exploratory Use of Mobile Phone Technology to Assess the Impact of Traffic-Related Air Pollution on Children on the School Journey. ESRC
 
His other interests include:
1. Regional Scale Atmospheric Transport Modelling (HARM), Critical Loads, Uncertainty Analysis (GLUE)
2. Smarter Forms of aerometric analysis (particle size characterisation, directional analysis) including normalisation techniques
3. Impacts of air pollution on health.
 
Dr Thomas Pugh
Lancaster University
Email: t.pugh@lancaster.ac.uk
Tel: 01524 594320
 
Thomas Pugh is a Research Associate at the Lancaster Environment Centre.
 
His interests lie in the field of atmospheric chemistry modelling, particularly of air pollution and of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  Prior to working on the Urban Futures project, Thomas' PhD involved modelling the chemistry of VOCs emitted from tropical rainforest.
 
Matthew Barnes
Lancaster University
Email: m.barnes1@lancaster.ac.uk
 
Matthew Barnes is a PhD student in the Environmental Science Department at Lancaster University.
 
His interests lie in the field of modelling the impact of urban design on future air quality, as well as the effects of a modal shift in transport.
 
 

Area 3 - Water and Waste Water

 
Professor David Butler
University of Exeter
Email: D.Butler@exeter.ac.uk
Tel: 01392 264064
 
Professor David Butler is the Director of the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics. 
 
His interests include:
1. Urban water management
2. Water conservation and recycling
3. Integrated modelling of urban water systems
4. Spatial water management
5. Stormwater management, flooding and climate change
6. In-sewer processes
7. Decision support tool development
 
His projects include:
1. Elephant & Castle Multi-utility (Exeter) - SUEII
2. ReVISIONS: regional visions of sustainability (Cambridge) - SUEII
3. WaND: Water cycle management for new developments (Exeter) - SUEI
4. Probabilistic climate data to future-proof design decisions
5. Integrated modelling of the urban water system
6. LCA in urban water management
7. Rainwater harvesting
8. Computational fluid dynamics optimisation
 
Dr Raziyeh Farmani
University of Exeter
Email: r.farmani@exeter.ac.uk
Tel: 01392 263 263
 
Dr Raziyeh Farmani is a research fellow in the Centre for Water Systems at the University of Exeter. 
 
Her interests include:
1. Bayesian networks
2. Participatory integrated assessment under certainty
3. Adaptive water resources management
4. Evolutionary optimisation
5. Water supply and distribution systems
6. Rehabilitation and management of urban water systems
 
Her past research focus has included an integrated modelling framework for the analysis and assessment of sustainability of regional spatial development (ReVISIONS, EPSRC-funded project).  This research explored the inter-relationships between transport, water, waste and energy infrastructure policies and development plans at the regional and local scales and the tensions and interactions that exist across these scales and between sectors.
 
Dr Fayyaz Memon
University of Exeter
Email: f.a.memon@exeter.ac.uk
 
Dr Memon Fayyaz is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Exeter.
 
His interests include:
1. Urban water management
2. Water conservation and recycling
3. Integrated modelling of urban water systems
4. Spatial water management
5. Stormwater management, flooding and climate change
6. In-sewer processes
7. Decision support tool development
 
His current projects include:
1. Capacity building for urban water demand management - DelPHE WATERSAVE Network
2. Rainwater harvesting
3. Elephant & Castle Multi-utility (Exeter) - SUEII
4. WaND: Water cycle management for new developments (Exeter) - SUEI
5. LCA in urban water management
 
Stuart Atkinson
University of Exeter
Email: swa201@ex.ac.uk
 
Stuart is a PhD student who is looking at indicators for water distribution systems.
 
 

Area 4 - Sub-surface Built Environment, Infrastructure and Utility Services

 
Professor Chris Rogers
University of Birmingham
Email: c.d.f.rogers@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 414 5066
 
Professor Chris Rogers is the Head of Infrastructure Engineering in the Management Research Centre at Birmingham University. He is the Principle Investigator of the Urban Futures project.
 
His projects and interests include:
 
Utility Service Provision:
1. Mapping the Underworld (£1.2m + £3.5m) - locating buried assets
2. Sustainable Utility Service Provision and Utility Infrastructure - SUE 1
3. ‘Smart Pipes' - with embedded micro- or nano-scale sensors
4. Leakage Development in Cast Iron Mains - leak development in clay soils
5. Condition Assessment of Sewers using Acoustics
6. Optical Fibre Sensors for Tunnel Lining Displacements
 
Trenchless Technology:
1. Long-Distance HV Cable Installation - feasibility study; ‘no more pylons'
2. Displacements caused by Multiple Tunnel Construction
3. Displacements caused by Pipe Splitting - on-line pipe replacement
4. Trenchless Technology Network - for building research communities
 
Improvement / Treatment of Soils and Wastes:
1. Dewatering of Liquid Wastes - using electrokinetics
2. Chemical Stabilisation of Soil - lime / cement, electrokinetics
3. Accelerated Carbonation of Cement  - contaminant lock-up
4. Environmental Geotechnics Indicator System - MSc project and SUE 1
5. Bonding in Loess Soils
 
Dr Ian Jefferson
University of Birmingham
Email: I.Jefferson@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 414 7972
 
Ian Jefferson is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.
 
His interests include:
 
Infrastructure Provision
1. Infrastructure, Energy and utility provision - SUE 1 (EPSRC) ‏
2. Climate change and the provision of sustainable high quality housing -DH/EON
3. Embedding sustainability into Geotechnical Engineering
 
Ground Improvement / Treatment of Soils and Wastes
1. Recycled aggregates- assessment of performance and true costs
2. Chemical Stabilisation of Soil - lime / cement, electrokinetics
3. Stabilisation/solidification - contaminant lock-up
4. Use of vegetation - for stabilisation and reinforcement of slopes
5. Environmental Geotechnics Indicator System - MSc project and SUE 1
 
Ground related hazards
1. Glacial Tills - improving confidence in design
2. Rising groundwater in the Durham coalfield - geo-hazard development
3. Bonding in Loess Soils (NERC) and improvement of their engineering properties
 
Dr Dexter Hunt 
University of Birmingham
Email: d.hunt@bham.ac.uk
 
Dexter Hunt is a research fellow on the Urban Futures Project at the University of Birmingham.
 
His interests include:
 
Utility Service Provision
1. Sustainable Utility Service Provision and Utility Infrastructure
2. SUE 1   - Water, Energy and Utility Infrastructure. ‏
3. SUE 11 - Water, Energy and Utility Infrastructure
 
Improvement / Treatment of Soils and Wastes
1. Environmental Geotechnics Indicator System (2007) ‏
 
Trenchless Technologies
1. Long-Distance HV Cable Installation (2007) ‏
2. Numerical modelling with PLAXIS (3D) ‏
 
Tunnelling
1. Displacements caused by Multiple Tunnel Construction (2000 - 2003/4) ‏
2. PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. Numerical modelling with ABAQUS (2D) and physical modelling at 1g in laboratory 
 
Dr Rachel Lombardi
University of Birmingham
Email: d.r.lombardi@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 414 3544
 
Dr Rachel Lombardi is a research fellow in Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham. 
 
She has previously worked on the Birmingham Eastside Project.  She is responsible for coordinating efforts by the team to produce interdisciplinary outputs addressing the barriers within the decision making process to more sustainable regeneration.
 
Her projects and interests include:
 
Sustainability in urban regeneration
1. Barriers to, and enablers of, sustainability
2. Conceptualisation of sustainability
3. Sustainability as competitive advantage
4. Sustainable urban water systems
5. Mixed use development as a sustainability solution
 
Industrial ecology and industrial symbiosis:
1. National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP) international programme manager, trainer
2. Industrial symbiosis special topics editor, Journal of Industrial Ecology
3. Created undergraduate certificate in Applied Industrial Symbiosis
 
 

Area 5 - Surface Built Environment and Open Spaces

 
Professor Mark Gaterell
Coventry University
Email: mark.gaterell@coventry.ac.uk
 
Mark Gaterell is a Professor at Coventry University.
 
His industrial experience includes:
1. Avionics Engineer - Royal Air Force
2. Operations Engineer - Thames Water
3. Senior Consultant - BRE, Sustainable Construction
4. Principal Consultant - Scott Wilson, Sustainable Construction
 
His research interests include:
1. Passive solar design (individual building and development scale) ‏
2. LCA of construction products and design options
3. Impacts of external costs on design decision making
4. Impacts of climate change uncertainty
5. Integration of renewable/low carbon technologies
6. Understanding historical engineering approaches
 
His research includes:
1. Refurbishment and the impacts of climate change for HE buildings - BRE
2. Sustainable social housing - EPSRC
3. Climate change and the provision of sustainable high quality housing -DH/EON
4. Historical engineering approaches to uncertainty -ICE
 
Professor Richard Coles
Birmingham City University
Email: Richard.Coles@bcu.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 331 5155
 
Dr Richard Coles is the Head of the School of Architecture Research at Birmingham City University. 
 
His research interests and projects include:
 
Community and Urban Forestry:
1. Community Forestry (Forest of Mercia)
2. Public preference and perceptions of urban woodlands (Redditch) ‏
3. Social aspects of Urban Forestry (User based use and preference patterns) ‏
4. COST Action Urban Forestry (EU funded) ‏
 
Urban Greening:
1. Project URGE - Urban Green Environments (EU Framework 5) ‏
2. The Green City of Tomorrow (EU FP5) ‏
3. Greencluster (EU FP5) ‏
4. Europark (Best practice of natural resource use; Leonardo) ‏
5. Greensnet - Best practice for urban green strategy, policy and management in relation to climate change (Interreg IVc ) ‏
 
Perception of the Environment and Well-being
1. Systems approach to well-being in the environment of Castle Vale (EPSRC)
2. The iconic landscape of the canal and the diverse urban community (AHRC)
3. Models of user based landscape perception (various) ‏
4. User representation of the landscape/plants (with Birmingham Botanical Gardens)
5. Place Identity-open space built & form (Eastside 1, 2 and 3 - SUE1, EPSRC)
 
Dr Lubo Jankovic
Birmingham City University
Email: Lubo.Jankovic@bcu.ac.uk
 
Lubo Jankovic is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at Birmingham City University. 
 
His interests include:
1. Building energy efficiency and renewable energy
2. Complexity
3. Modelling
4. Simulation
5. Control
6. Low carbon consultancy and energy performance certification
7. Coordination, expert evaluation of or participation in EU and other projects.
 
Dr Maria Caserio
Birmingham City University
Email: maria.caserio@bcu.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 331 5155
 
Dr Maria Caserio is a Research Fellow in the School of Architecture at Birmingham City University.
 
Her interests include:
1. Urban Regeneration
2. Landscape Architecture
3. Design enabling tools
4. Environmental Psychology
5. Value Systems
 
Her projects include:
1. Project URGE - City of Tomorrow Programme (EU Framework 5)
2. Greencluster (EU FP5)
3. Europark (Best practice of natural resource use; Leonardo)
4. Greensnet - Best practice for urban green strategy, policy and management in relation to climate change (Interreg IVc)
5. Cost Action - Processes to achieve Urban Quality (EU funded)
6. Built Environment and Open Space Provision - EPSRC funded Eastside Project, SUE 1,2 and 3.
 
Silvio Caputo
Coventry University 
Email: ab0172@coventry.ac.uk
 
Silvio Caputo is a Research Fellow at Coventry University.
 
His industrial experience includes:
1. Project architect – Citterio & Partners, Milan - Italy
2. Director of Silvio Caputo Architects, Milan - Italy
3. Teaching at undergraduatGe and postgraduate level in Italian design schools
 
His research interests include:
1. Environmental architecture
2. Urban Agriculture
3. Passive solar design
4. Design and Ethics
 
His research includes:
1. Urban Agriculture (PhD studies)
2. Surface Built Environment and Open Spaces - EPSRC funded Research Programme, SUE 2
 
 

Area 6 - Density and Decision-Making

 
Professor Rachel Cooper
Lancaster University
Email: r.cooper@lancaster.ac.uk
Tel: 01524 593 119
 
Professor Rachel Cooper is the Director of the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts and Imagination@Lancaster at Lancaster University.
 
Her interests include:
1. Design management, design thinking, design process
2. Socially responsible design, sustainable design
3. Design and construction process
4. New product development process
 
Her projects include:
1. VivaCity2020
2. Design 2020: Future of the Design Industry AHRC
3. Design for Health
4. Editing The Design Journal
5. International Handbook of Design Management
6. Series Editor: Design For Social Responsibility
 
Dr Christopher Boyko
Lancaster University
Email: c.boyko@lancaster.ac.uk
 
Dr Christopher Boyko is a research fellow at Lancaster University in Imagination@Lancaster.
 
His interests include:
1. Decision-making processes
2. Density
3. Heritage
4. Place meaning and identity
5. Public space
6. Urban design and behaviour
7. Urban sustainability
8. Urban tourism
 
His projects include:
1. Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing - Office of Science and Innovation
2. VivaCity2020 - SUE1
 
 

Area 7 - Organisational Behaviour and Innovation

 
Professor John Bryson
University of Birmingham
Email: J.R.Bryson@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 414 5549
 
Professor John Bryson is Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography and Senior Postgraduate Tutor in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. 
 
His research areas include:
1. Inimitability strategies and firm behaviour.
2. The dynamics and competitiveness of knowledge-intensive firms.
3. Design and firm-based competitiveness.
4. International value chains.
5. National and regional economic development.
6. Editor (Journals): Regional Science Policy and Practice (2008-), in-coming editor of The Service Industries Journal.
7. Editor (Book Series): Services, Economy and Innovation (Edward Elgar).
 
Policy Engagement:
Chair, Worcestershire Partnership Climate Change Task Group. This group is responsible for Worcestershire's climate change strategy.
 
Dr Chantal Hales
University of Birmingham
Email: a.c.hales@bham.ac.uk
Tel: 0121 414 7279
 
Chantal Hales is a research fellow within the school of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES).
 
Her research interests include:
1. Firm behaviour
2. Innovation and business performance
3. Urban regeneration and sustainability
4. Entrepreneurship and local economic growth
5. Development economics
 
Recent project include:
1. NESTA UK innovation index. 7 months project which investigates sector specific indicators of innovation activity to represent the innovation value creation process in ten sectors of UK industry (2009).
 
 

Area 8 - Social Needs, Aspirations and Imposed Policy

 
Dr Austin Barber
University of Birmingham
Email: A.R.G.Barber@bham.ac.uk
 
Dr Austin Barber is a lecturer at the University of Birmingham in the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies.
 
His interests include:
1. City centre planning and regeneration;
2. City living, gentrification and urban economic change;
3. Planning for sustainable new urban districts;
4. Comparative urban development and planning in Europe and North America.
 
His projects include:
1. Accommodating Creative Knowledge Regions (ACRE) (FP7): The creative economy and spatial policy issues in large European cities.
2. Comparative study of planning for new districts in Birmingham, Lyon, Barcelona.
3. City living growth and its policy implications in UK cities
4. Strategic leadership for place-shaping in the knowledge-based economy (Academy for Sustainable Communities).
 
Dr Julie Brown
University of Birmingham 
Email: j.brown.1@bham.ac.uk
 
Dr Julie Brown is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham in the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies.
 
Her interests include:
1. Planning for the creative knowledge economy
2. Sustainable urban and regional economic development
3. Adaptive reuse of the historic built environment
4. Cultural economics
5. European urban regeneration policy
6. Design and use of survey-based economic valuation techniques
 
Her projects include:
1. Accommodating Creative Knowledge (ACRE) EU FP7 project: The creative knowledge economy and city-region competitiveness in Europe.
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