School of Engineering

Blue-Green Cities and Resilient Infrastructure

Blue-Green Cities and Resilient Infrastructure

Our research

Helping planners, policy-makers, utility owners and communities develop blue-green cities.

What are blue-green cities?

Cities concentrate people and business. Cities rely on water, goods and other services provided by infrastructure networks. These networks are within, and extend far beyond, city limits.

Blue-green cities recreate the natural water cycle. They bring water management and green infrastructure together. They combine and protect the values of the urban landscape. They provide resilient and adaptive measures to deal with flood events.

Blue-green cities generate a multitude of environmental, ecological, socio-cultural and economic benefits.

The changing face of our cities

Climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme and disruptive events. Population growth is increasing the demand for water and its associated energy use.

Urbanisation can have negative effects, such as:

  • modifying natural landscapes
  • increasing pollution
  • raising local air temperature
  • altering hydrological processes

Making our cities fit for everyone

Cities and infrastructure must be liveable and economically productive places. They must also:

  • be resilient to climate extremes
  • emit minimal quantities of greenhouse gases
  • make sustainable use of resources.

Balancing and realising these aims is a major research focus.

We are challenging the status quo. Working with planners, policy-makers, utility owners and communities, we envision blue-green cities. These cities will work with water. They will provide innovative, cost effective ways of delivering infrastructure services.

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Our team

Professor Richard Dawson
Professor of Earth Systems Engineering, Director of Research & Innovation

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6618

Dr Alistair Ford
Lecturer in Geospatial Data

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7121

Vassilis Glenis
Lecturer in Hydroinformatics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6413

Dr Oliver Heidrich
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6563

Dr Jennine Jonczyk
Researcher in Water Resources

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8599

Dr Majed Khadem
Research Associate

Telephone: 0191 208 7121

Professor Chris Kilsby
Professor of Hydrology and Climate Change

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5614

Dr Claire Walsh
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6447