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James Evans

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Governance

Research interests

My research explores how cities can learn to become more sustainable, focusing on innovative ways to engage stakeholders in decision-making. I am currently leading projects exploring resilience, low carbon living laboratories and informal transport. 

Current projects

  • Manchester Cycling Lab, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and Manchester City Council, 2014, £32 999. This project applies research findings on living labs and sustainable urban development to the Future Cities initiative being coordinated by Manchester City Council. Web: Twitter: @mcrcyclinglab
  • Advancing Urban Innovation: Living Labs for Sustainable Building and Planning, Formas, 2014-2017, £126 566. This project funds a visiting position at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics to conduct collaborative work on urban living labs in Europe.

Supervision topics

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following fields:

  • Resilience
  • Living Laboratories
  • Sustainable urbanisation
  • Engagement

Current topics

  • Inviting landscapes: engaging citizens with ecosystem services for sustainable urban infrastructure;
  • Adaptive governance for carbon sequestration: The case of the peatlands in the Peak District National Park;
  • Fracking, place and citizenship in contemporary Britain: The geography of uneven responses to proposed shale-gas development at Barton Moss, Salford;
  • The dynamics of experimental urban spaces: how do people play and experiment with alternative urban ideas;
  • Harnessing the Digital Economy to deliver Sustainable Transport Transitions.

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