Sustainable Urban Infrasystems
An International and Interdisciplinary Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop
University of Manchester/Tongji University
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.
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.