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Green infrastructures research

Explore our work in green infrastructures, one of our areas of expertise in Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism

Our urban population is growing at an unprecedented rate. Almost half of the world's people now live in cities, and this is set to rise even higher.

But when cities are directly responsible for environmental degradation — nearly 80% of all CO2 emissions are generated in them — the challenges to sustainability are significant.

We're investigating the methods, systems and policies needed to plan cities that can be both liveable for humans, while not resulting in further decline to the planet's ecological vitality.

Our research looks at how we can plan our cities so that green spaces — such as parks and open urban areas — and blue spaces — such as waterfront areas, rivers and marinas — are adequately and effectively distributed.

It's also focusing on the growing need to plan new infrastructure in balance with nature, and asking how green infrastructure can support humans and animals in urban areas, as well as effectively delivering the benefits of nature in cities.

We work alongside a network of contacts and organisations, in order to co-create and develop projects that are both theoretically informed and of practical application. Recent funders include the JPI Urban Europe and the British Academy.

Our research covers the following topics

  • Nature and cities
  • Urban agriculture
  • Technology and urban agriculture
  • Environmental justice
  • Urban ecology

To conduct our research, we use GIS Mapping, photogrammetry, on-site measurements and visits, computational modelling, case study research, interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, archival research.

Project highlights include


    Involving 19 partners from 6 countries, this three year project explores food, water and energy NEXUS. It is running from 2017–2021 and will build an Integrated Decision Support System, which is an assessment tool for cities.

  • Green Wedge Urbanism

  • Re-naturing cities

  • Nature or Nurturing?

    An investigation into the application of soil-less technology in urban agriculture communities.

Discover our areas of expertise

Green infrastructures is one of our 8 areas of research expertise in Architecture, Interiors and Urbanism – explore the other 7 below.

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Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Architecture, Interiors & Urbanism postgraduate research degrees page.