Sustainable Urban Infrasystems
An International and Interdisciplinary Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop
University of Manchester/Tongji University
27 - 29 November 2020
The overall aim of this workshop is to enhance our understanding of complex human-environment interactions and their sustainability outcomes. Activities aim to advance systems approaches for infrastructure (incl. sanitation, water, energy, transport) which situate basic human functions within wider human ecosystems of critical social, economic and environmental resources and social institutions, cycles and order (Machlis et al, 1997).
Dr Murilo S. Baptista is a reader at the University of Aberdeen (since 2014), having joined this University in 2009 as a Senior Lecturer. Before joining UoA, he worked as a postdoc at the University of Maryland (USA), 1997-1999, the University of São Paulo (Brazil), 1999-2003, the University of Potsdam (Germany), 2004-2006, as a guest scientist in the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (Germany), 2007-2008, and as a Guest Assistant Professor at the Centre for Applied Mathematics at the University of Oporto (Portugal), 2008-2009. He obtained his PhD from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, on the response of non-linear dynamical systems under external perturbations. One of his main current themes of research is related to unraveling the complex relationship among information, collective behavior and structure in large networked complex systems for its posterior modelling. His approaches to the study of causality in real-world systems provide a first step to modelling. Systems of his interest are the smart-grid, communication networks, urban systems, the brain, and socio-economic-political systems.
Dr Alison Browne is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography (affiliated with the Sustainable Consumption Institute, Manchester Urban Institute). Alison's research primarily focuses on the social, performative and material dynamics of everyday life related to water, sanitation, energy, waste, and food. In a mixed methodological and transdisciplinary way she play with ideas of how such practices come to be disrupted, changed and governed. This includes a focus on everyday life and infrastructure and materiality, but also a consideration of the ways in which the practices of professionals shape the emergence, and governance, of everyday practices. She engages with a range of theories from social practices, feminist and everyday geographies, material culture, intervention and (urban) experimentation. Her work spans discussion of the transitions in everyday practices and sustainability related to water, energy and food in the UK, China, Australia, and Europe.
Prof Hongbin Chen is a Professor at the College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University. He leads the Shanghai Water Pollution Control Public Service Innovation Platform. His work is concerned with wastewater reuse strategies and technologies and the biological treatment of polluted water. He will contribute his expertise in water infrastructure, international cooperation key projects and enterprise cooperation projects on polluted raw water treatment and wastewater reuse.
Dr Deljana Iossifova is Senior Lecturer in Urban Studies at the School of Environment, Education and Development and Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester. She trained as an architect at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and has a PhD in Social Engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology. She has attracted over £1.2 million in research funding and is currently International Lead and PI on two projects examining sustainability and urban infrastructure transitions in China, India and Brazil. She is Chair of the Urban Studies Foundation, author of 'Translocal Ageing in the Global East: Bulgaria's Abandoned Elderly' (Palgrave, 2020) and lead editor of 'Defining the Urban: Interdisciplinary and professional perspectives' (Routledge, 2017).
Ulysses Sengupta is a Reader at the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA). Sengupta is the founding director of the Complexity Planning and Urbanism research laboratory [CPU]Lab and leads the masters design atelier [CPU]Ai. He uses a complexity framework for transdisciplinary research between design, natural and social sciences. This involves development of new digital tools, computational thinking and urban theory addressing urban transformations. His research spans Future Cities, Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, agile governance and cities as complex adaptive systems (CAS).
Dr Guanglei Qiu is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Energy, South China University of Technology. He obtained his PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from the Beijing Normal University in 2011. After that, he worked at the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University as research fellow. His research interests lie primarily in the field of biological wastewater treatment and resource recovery with a focus on enhanced biological phosphorus removal and membrane biotechnology. To date, He has published 50 papers in highly ranked peer-reviewed journals with a H-index of 22. For his work, he was awarded the “Outstanding Young Researcher” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Singapore Local Section in 2015, and was granted the “The Pearl River Talent Recruitment Program” in 2019. Now, He serves as a Young Professionals Associate Members of the Membrane Technology Specialist Group of the International Water Association, an academic editor of PLoS ONE, and a reviewer of 20 peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Sohail Ahmad is a Research Fellow (Urban Studies) in the GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC), School of Social & Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. Ahmad's work investigates low-carbon urban development options and socio-spatial exclusion issues in built environments and housing in south Asian cities. Focusing on low-carbon development, his work explores distribution and determinants of household greenhouse gas emissions spatially. Currently, he works on the effects of neighbourhoods’ socioeconomic characteristics on sustainable outcomes in 14 cities across Asia and Africa, including Chinese cities. Previously, he worked at the United Nations University, School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, and TU Berlin.
Dr Carlos Jimenez-Bescos received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 and a PhD in Biomechanics in 2013 from Anglia Ruskin University and an MBA from Blekinge Tekniska Högskola in 2019. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Building Services and Environmental Design at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include sustainability, passive design, energy efficiency, IAQ monitoring, data analytics, low carbon technologies and thermal comfort. He engages at International, National and Regional research, with a focus on engaging stakeholders to adapt to climate change and understand the best low carbon technology solutions.
Debapriya Chakrabarti is a doctoral researcher in Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Manchester. Her doctoral thesis investigates the socio-spatial transformation of a household-based crafts industry in a marginalised inner-city slum neighbourhood in Kolkata due to shifting governance policies. She is interested to carry on research in the Southern cities studying the wider social, economic, and cultural aspects of communities which are affected by fragmented infrastructure. She has worked as a research consultant at Manchester’s Knowledge Transfer Programme and works as a tutor in Architecture. She is a registered architect and urban planner trained in India.
Purva Dewoolkar was a Research Associate on TOSSIB. Currently, she is associated with the Right2Water project and completing a PhD at the University of Manchester, funded by SEED. Her research is concerned with the negotiations and struggles through which sanitation infrastructure is produced in Mumbai, India. She is deeply involved in campaigns on the Right to Water and the Development Plan of Mumbai 2014-2034.
Yanting Fan is a PhD candidate in Urban Planning from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). She obtained her master degree in Urban Planning from XJTLU and BA in Environmental Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology. She has worked as a research assistant in several research projects related to resettlement neighbourhoods, watershed management and water pollution. Her research interests includes the effects of air quality on urban infrastructure (transportation, housing, etc.) and how the spending on sustainable urban infrastructure affects air quality.
Dalton Price is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Oxford, where his research lies at the intersection of anthropology and global public health. Moving between Colombia, Venezuela, and the United Kingdom, Dalton studies the informal, transnational pharmaceutical marketplaces that cropped up in response to the Venezuelan humanitarian crisis and shortages in essential medicines that followed. Outside academia, Dalton has worked in technical roles with the Florida Department of Health, the World Health Organization, Partners In Health, and other groups across four continents. For this work, Dalton was awarded the Future Global Leaders Fellowship, Jack Kent Cooke International Award, Gateway Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Memorial Award, Forbes Under 30 Award, and several research grants.
Lakshmi Priya Rajendran is an architect and urbanist, and she is currently working as a Senior Research Fellow in Future Cities at the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Anglia Ruskin University, UK. Her research interests deal with urban and cultural studies, resilient futures, media studies, spatial representation and practice, identity negotiations, and cultural encounters in cities. She is interested in an interdisciplinary understanding of social, spatial, temporal and material practices in cities and a comparative study of these practices in Global North and South, to effectively respond to the complex urban challenges for sustainable and resilient urban futures.
Dr Simone Vegliò is based in the Department of Geography at University College London. His work analyses socio-spatial and political transformations of the urban environment in relation to global economic processes as well as to transformation at the level of the nation state, both historically and at present. Among other works, he has published a book “The Urban Enigma. Time, Autonomy, and Postcolonial Transformation in Latin America” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020) and co-edited a special issue in the Journal of Latin American Geography JLAG (2019). He has also worked on the figures of José Martí and Antonio Gramsci.
Dr Jin Xing is an Early Career Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University, United Kingdom. His PhD has been awarded in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) from McGill University’s Department of Geography in 2018. His work bridges geospatial data science and civil engineering, transforming data to information, knowledge, and decision-making in infrastructure systems, such as the modelling of interconnected physical and social infrastructure, sensing and intelligent decision-making for urban infrastructure management. His research has been published in top journals of GIScience and remote sensing, and presented at various conferences.
Wenjing Zhang is a PhD Candidate who joined the school of geography, university of Melbourne in 2017. Wenjing is currently working on the relationship between water availability and urban development, with a focus on how to provide water resources for the new city of Xiong'an, located outside Beijing, and how it will use water resources for urban planning. Her research interests include environmental governance, urban sustainability and future cities. Research funded by Australian research council discovery project: Technopolitics of China’s South-North Water transfer project. Wenjing’s works have been published in Land Use Policy, Sustainable cities and society, Journal of Environmental Management and Journal of Cleaner Production.
Associate Professor, Institute of Urban and Demographic Studies at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Dr Peng Cheng main research fields are equitable city and urban governance, urban innovation space and rural planning. More than 10 papers have been published in the Journal of <Urban Planning Forum>, <Urban Development Studies>, <Urban Planning International>, and <Modern Urban Research>. He has hosted over 6 provincial and ministerial level projects, participated in a number of national and provincial and ministerial level projects, and participated in the more than 70 urban and rural planning and design projects. He won one National Excellent Urban and Rural Planning and Design Award, two Excellent Urban and Rural Planning and Design Awards in Anhui Province, and one Excellent Urban and Rural Planning and Design Award in Hainan Province. He published 1 book as co-author and 4 co-edited works.
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Postdoctoral Researcher, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University
Dr Xin Feng’s PhD thesis is “The changing role of urban planners in Transitional China: expectations, appropriations and 'making a difference' , which discusses the work content and corresponding implementation path transformation of community planning in the transitional period. Dr Xin Feng has the research and practical experience of community complex adaptive system design from the perspective of risk governance. Dr Xin Feng participated research project "The design of complex adaptive system for urban and rural communities to enhance resilience" in Xochimilco City, Mexico, together with scholars and engineers from different countries. Her research also focuses on the Community Life Circle movement in Shanghai, especially how to improve the living environment of residents in a collaborative way.
Associate Professor, Department of Regional and Urban Planning, Zhejiang University
Dr Shulan Fu received doctoral degree from University of Tokyo. She is KAFS Fellow of The Kyujanggak Archives, Seoul National University and member of Academic Committee of Urban Planning History and Theory of China Association of City Planning. Her research mainly focuses on the development of urban planning technology in early modern times, the protection of historical towns and scenic heritage.
Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University
Dr Lei He’s research focuses on urban comprehensive disaster prevention planning, infrastructure safety operation and maintenance risk prevention and control, urban underground space development and utilization and complex networks and big data analysis.
Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Department of Architecture, Shanghai University
Dr Fengqing Li is educated as an urban planner, he holds a PhD in urban and rural planning from Tongji University. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Free University Berlin, Germany and previously a visiting graduate student at Cardiff University, UK. As a professional, he has been a Planning Advisor of Xiamen, Hangzhou, Dalian and Yichang municipalities. His research interests are in the fields of urban planning theory and new technology, urbanization and regional development as well as big data and urban social networks.
Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University
Dr Chao Liu’s research interests are mainly in the 3-E area: Energy, Environment and Economics. Dr Chao Liu have conducted urban energy and emission/pollution research in regional level, city level and community level with methods of s life cycle analysis, spatial statistics, experiments, data mining (big data) and computer simulations. Dr Chao Liu have created a framework of assessing developing cities’ carbon inventory from land use, transportation and landscape in a full life span, then optimization based mitigation policy was proposed. Sustainability and resilient community is also her focus. Working on an inter-disciplinary NSF project (NO. 1325227), Dr Chao LIU created a new, integrated way to examine the coupling effects of population growth and Climate Change on the sustainability of water resources in Floridian coastal areas. Involved in a NOAA sponsored project, she analyzed the cost and benefits of lands and ecosystems due to flooding and sea level rise. All above works are either published in peer-review journals or under review/submission.
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Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Zhejiang University
Dr Cui Liu’s research is mainly about innovation space along with the rise of knowledge economy, especially the transforming campus due to the changing role of universities in engaging in social and economic development. Meanwhile, Dr Cui Liu is also interested in the new science of cities, especially their influence on and integration with urban morphology studies. Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Zhejiang University
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Architecture, South China University of Technology
Greenways are linear green spaces that are widely incorporated as policy instruments to deal with various urban issues. The modern greenway movement in China originated in 2010 when Guangdong Provincial Government launched the Pearl River Delta (PRD) greenway network. The PRD greenway planning has strategic objectives that respond to issues associated with urbanization in the region. Between 2010 and 2012, the campaign not only established a greenway network of 7,350 kilometers but also transformed the regional discourse of greenways into institutional practices at the local level, which led to over 150,000 kilometers of greenways by 2019. The primary aim of this research is to explain how the PRD regions have been incorporating greenways as a new regional planning strategy under the current political, social and environmental conditions. Situated within the specific Chinese policy context of regional governance, the adaption of greenway discourse to local institutional practices is intertwined with regional governance, policy effects, placemaking and public perception, which is the background of Dr Zheng Liu’s primary research interests. Thus, his published/submitted studies focus on the policymaking and the policy outcomes of the PRD greenways (see the article published on Landscape and urban planning in 2019), and the influences that greenway planning yield on urban spaces (see the working draft submitted to Urban forestry and urban greening). In addition, the ongoing investigation will further elaborate the effects of greenway planning on natural environment and walkability of urban communities.
Deputy head of Department of Urban Planning, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Suzhou University of Science and Technology
Dr Bin Pan received his bachelor's degree from Nanjing University in 2002, and his master's degree and doctor's degree from Tongji University in 2006 and 2015 respectively. He is currently working as Deputy head of Department of Urban Planning in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Suzhou University of Science and Technology. He is also a national registered urban planner. His research mainly focuses on urban and regional planning, small town and rural planning. At present, he has presided over and participated in nearly 20 scientific research projects, published two monographs and nearly 20 papers. He has successively won the Academic Competition of China Association of City Planning, the Excellent Paper Award of Urban Planning Society of Shanghai and the first National Development of Small Cities & Towns Academic Competition.
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shenzhen University
Dr Yiwen Shao obtained a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University in 2013 and a doctoral degree in geography from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2017. Dr Yiwen Shao has been working as an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shenzhen University, since March 2018. Dr Yiwen Shao have published more than 10 original research papers on English and Chinese peer-reviewed journals and delivered several presentations in international conferences such as Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and International Association for China Planning (IACP) Annual Conference. He is the principal investigator of a Youth Program supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).
His area of research focuses on adaptive planning and governance leading to urban resiliency. He is particularly interested in how different cities and communities, faced with uncertain challenges, acquire localized knowledge of disasters and develop their own coping capabilities out of reflective thinking and capital building efforts.
Assistant Experimenter, Hangzhou Medical College
Dr Hong Shen received her bachelor's degree from College of Science, Hangzhou Normal University of Qianjiang College in 2010, and her master's degree from College of Environment, Zhejiang University of Technology in 2013. Dr Hong SHEN received her doctoral degree from Environmental Science and Engineering College, Tongji University in 2017.
Her mainly research area is in treatment technology and healthy risks from the pollutants with low concentration in wastewater and drinking water.
Lecturer, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Suzhou University of Science and Technology
Dr Xiaofang Wei received doctoral degree in urban planning from Chongqing University in 2013, and then, stayed there as a teacher for three years. From 2016, Dr Xiaofang Wei worked as a teacher in Suzhou University of Science and Technology. Participated in 2 national Natural Science Foundation projects and 6 other items. Dr Xiaofang Wei has published more than 10 papers, 1 monograph and 4 co-authored books. She also took charge of or participated in the completion of 7 planning and design tasks, and won 3 provincial planning and design awards.
Her main research fields are human settlements, urban and rural planning and design, protection and development of historic and cultural towns, regional cultural development, and healthy cities. How to make urban and rural planning adapting to regional cultural characteristics, how to achieve a healthy city, how to improve the human settlements and how to optimize urban space are all her research issues. In addition, she also focuses on the allocation of infrastructure and public service facilities in cities, the development of health industry and healthy urbanization.
Researcher, University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy, LISA Lab
Dr Chaowei Xiao receives his PhD in Land Economy, University of Cambridge, UK in 2019. Chaowei obtained his Msc from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in Geoinformation Science. His recent articles have appeared in Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Land Use Policy, and Urban Planning International.
His research focuses on big data and urban planning, sustainable planning.
Associate Professor, Department Urban Planning(DUP) of Tongji University
Dr Yang Xiao’s current research field is in the context of globalization, involving many research fields, such as urban social space, public service facilities equity and justice, healthy city, big data visualization analysis, neighbourhood effect, etc., with special attention to the mechanism impact of physical form space on urban social space. Recently, he published a paper on the relationship between urban green space and public health in Frontiers in Public Health Journal: Does Green Space Really Matter for Resident's Obesity? A New Perspective from Baidu Street View.
Vice dean and department
Director, chief planner of Shenzhen
University Urban Planning and
Design Institute and
a director of the Urban Planning
Society of China and vice chairman
of the Shenzhen Urban Planning
Prof Xiaochun Yang research focuses
on sustainable urban design,
management and development
control of urban design, urban
and rural heritage protection and
activation in high-density cities
in the south China. She hosted
multiple scientific research projects
(e.g., “Quantitative Analysis of
Public Open Space Accessibility
Based on Density Distribution-Taking Shenzhen as an Example”)
and presided over multiple
Shenzhen Municipal Planning and
Natural Resources Bureau projects
(e.g., “Shenzhen City Master
Plan (Revised) 2007-2020”). Her
projects won the third prize of the
China Construction Science and
Technology Award (2011), the
American Institute of Architects
(AIA) International Regional Urban
Design Honor Award (2018), and
the second prize of the National
Excellent Planning and Design
(2011, 2003), Third Prize (2011, 2010,
2001), Guangdong Province and
Shenzhen Excellent Planning and
Design First, Second and Third
Prizes. She has also published many
papers in core academic journals
and academic conferences.
Postdoctoral Researcher, East China Normal University
Dr Chun Yin received his PhD in human geography, East China Normal University, China in 2020. His research focuses on the effects of the built environment on public health (including active travel, physical activity, obesity, well-being, and so on). His recent articles have appeared in Cities, Urban Studies, and Applied Geography.
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Architecture, South China University of Technology
Dr Shi Yin is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology (SCUT), in Guangzhou. His cooperated tutor is Prof. Yimin Sun. He studied in the Institute of Energy Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building (Prof. Werner Lang), Technical University of Munich as a joint-training doctoral student from 2017 to 2019. He got my Ph.D. degree from SCUT in last year. The title of his dissertation is “Research on Climate Adaptation of Traditional Neighbourhoods Morphology in Hot-humid Climate”, supervised by Prof. Yiqiang Xiao.
As an architect, he attempts integrating personal research with architectural practice, and focusing on the eco-tech and sustainable design, well experienced at international collabrative project. He was worked as an architect in Thomas Herzog Architekten, München, Germany, from 2016 to 2017.
The relationship between urban morphology design and urban climate is his main research interest. His research results have potential to be applied in urban design for achieving climate adaptation.
Currently, Dr Shi Yin is also focusing the issue of healthy cities from the view of urban design, and attempting to describe the complex between urban planning and human health.
Meanwhile, Dr Shi Yin is also an Architect endeavoring to integrate scientific research with urban and architecture design practice.
Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shenzhen University
Dr Li Zhang has graduated from the University of Kitakushu and got the doctor degree on environmental engineering. Now Dr Li Zhang works in School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Shenzhen University as Post doctoral researcher and focus on the spaital distribution of urban green infrastructure. Dr Li Zhang has published 10 papers, including 3 sci journal papers and 4 international conference papers.
Urban infrastructure is essential for urban ecological environment, whose spatial distribution plays a significant role in improving the eco-environment and people’s living quality. His research was initiated from the perspective of supply and demand balance to evaluate the equity of distribution of urban infrastructure, drawing on previous research, and introduced an integrated framework for evaluating the equity of urban public facilities using spatial multi-analysis.