We are a group of researchers with expertise in studying practices and theories of urban sustainability, and exploring different ways through which cities can find a balance between human development and environmental preservation, and be sustainable.
Focussing on cities in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, we examine a variety of different experiments in sustainable urban development, unpacking both the physical and socio-political aspects of projects ranging from smart cities to eco-cities and from low-carbon to resilient cities.
Who we are
Stefan Bouzarovski (Groups: SERG, CPERG)
Stefan's research focuses on the development of new frameworks to understand how infrastructural formations are implicated in the making of different spaces and territories. Within this, he has been primarily concerned with the social equity and justice implications of energy transitions in urban contexts. He has also explored the links between built form and everyday practices in the demographic and ecological transformation of inner-city areas.
Alison Browne (Group: SERG)
I have extensive experience working on issues that intersect with sustainable cites: water governance, regional development, mining and CSR, and recently exploring dynamics of sustainable consumption and production. Much of my work critiqued the implementation of sustainable development and environmental governance in the Global North (Australia, UK and Europe) and recently I have been exploring the dynamics of transitions in Chinese cities and regions.
Federico Cugurullo (Groups: CPERG, SERG)
Federico’s research explores how ideas of sustainability are cultivated and implemented across geographical spaces, with a focus on projects for eco-cities and smart cities. By examining case studies from Southeast Asia and the Middle East, his recent work sheds light upon the urban planning, politics, supply chains and, above all, sustainability performances of what are promoted as, but not necessarily are, eco-smart cities.
James Evans (Groups: CPERG, SERG)
James works in the field of urban environmental governance, focusing on how cities learn to become more sustainable. He is currently involved in two European research projects examining the capacity of urban living labs and smart cities to deliver sustainability, and a National Geographic project capturing the value of motorcycle taxis for sustainability in Kampala, Uganda.
Sarah Lindley (Group: EPRG)
Sarah’s work is developing an inter-disciplinary understanding of what underpins spatial expressions of risk and vulnerability in urban areas and the potential of ecosystem-based strategies and measures for their management. Her work has a strong focus on GIS and bridges urban climate adaptation; urban ecosystem services, urban air quality and the geospatial analysis of human-environment interactions impacting on human health and wellbeing.
Saska Petrova (Groups: CPERG, SERG)
My work highlights the spatial, political and institutional production of low-carbon urban transformations. I am also interested in the precarities and inequalities that arise through this process, particularly at the community scale. I have been developing new conceptual frameworks to integrate notions of socio-technical vulnerability in the understanding of urban environmental reconfigurations.
James Rothwell (Group: EPRG)
James' research is centred upon investigating the processes that control the enrichment and cycling of pollutants in catchment systems. His urban work considers the ecosystem services associated with green and blue infrastructure and their role in nutrient and metal cycling. Recent work has been focused around issues of urban diffuse pollution.