School of Engineering

Blue-Green Cities and Resilient Infrastructure

Blue-Green Cities and Resilient Infrastructure.

Ensuring our cities are liveable, resilient and sustainable.

Cities concentrate people and business, but they rely on water, goods and other services provided by infrastructure networks within, and extending far beyond city limits.

Climate change is increasing the frequency of extreme and disruptive events such as flooding, windstorms, heatwaves and droughts. Population growth is increasing demand for water resources (and associated energy use) for drinking, food and other uses. Yet the very process of urbanisation modifies natural landscapes, increasing pollution, raising local air temperature, and altering hydrological processes.

In this theme, our major research focus involves ensuring our cities and infrastructure:

  • are liveable and economically-productive places
  • are resilient to climate extremes
  • minimise their emissions of greenhouse gases
  • use resources sustainably

We challenge the status quo, and help planners, policy-makers, utility owners and communities to envision:

  • blue-green cities that work with water
  • innovative but cost effective ways of delivering infrastructure services
Water reservoir

Staff: Blue-Green Cities and Resilient Infrastructure

Professor Richard Dawson
Professor of Earth System Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6618

Alistair Ford
Senior 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

Majed Khadem
Research Assistant

Telephone: 0191 208 7121

Professor Chris Kilsby
Professor of Hydrology and Climate Change

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5614

Kevin Stott
Research Assistant

Telephone: 0191 2085039

Dr Claire Walsh
Lecturer in Water Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6447