Cities are complex systems containing both social and ecological processes. They need to be resilient to shocks, and have the ability to bounce back and thrive even in the face of rapid social and ecological change.
This research theme consider the role of cities in developing sustainable infrastructures and economies.
Current areas of work include:
- Roisin O’Riordan’s research into the role of soil as a critical infrastructure in cities. This considers how soil supports important aspects of life in cities, such as water holding and flood mitigation, urban food growing, local climate and the urban heat island, and urban soil carbon storage. The work is in collaboration with colleagues at Lancaster Environment Centre and Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts.
- Dr Lingxuan Liu’s five-year project on environmental governance, with Nanjing University and the UN Environment Programme, on new and transitioning mechanisms of governance for sustainability through collaboration across public and private sectors.
- Rurban Revolution - a new £800,000 project, funded by the Global Food Security Programme with support from BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and The Scottish Government, considering how we could transform UK food production by radically upscaling fruit and veg growing in our towns and cities, and whether urban agriculture would make us, and our environment, healthier. The PI for this project is Dr Jess Davies, and it crosses several Pentland Centre research priorities, including Supply Chain Sustainability, Soils and sustainable land use and Food, water, energy and business.