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Dr Adam Barker - research

Research interests

Research Interests:
  • Planning for climate change: Green Infrastructure (GI); coastal risk; urban and regional flooding; environmental adaptation.
  • Environmental assessment: Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Sustainability Appraisal (SA).
  • Integrated environmental management (IEM): coastal and marine planning, protected areas, landscape systems.
Ongoing Research Projects:
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC): Green Growth: Increasing the Resiliance of Cities Through The Delivery of Green Infrastructure Based Solutions
This is an 18 month research project which seeks to explore the institutional dynamics of decision making for green infrastructure in urban areas.  The study recognises that whilst GI offers the opportunity for UK cities to reduce their vulnerability to climate change impacts, understanding and delivery is currently not keeping pace with adverse levels of environmental change.  Significant emphasis will be placed upon the co-production of knowledge forms geared to improving institutional awareness and embeddedness.  The project involves academic leads based at the Universities of Manchester and Sheffield along with members of the public and private sector.  Key project partners include: Manchester City Council, Red Rose Forest, Building Design Partnership BDP), Business in the Community (BiTC), and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC).
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): Eco-Urbanisation: Promoting Sustainable Development in Metropolitan-Regional Planning in China
This 3 year international collaborative project aims to significantly advance our understanding of the dynamic interactive processes between urban development, resource consumption and environmental impacts. It will employ state-of-the-art methodological approaches to an embedded case study of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region (BTHMR), encompassing not only China's capital city, but also representing one of the very largest and fastest growing regions within the country and beyond. An important aspect of the project is to address the pressing policy need in China to manage the anticipated increases in urbanisation in a more human-centred and environmentally sustainable way, dealing with issues around energy use/CO2 emissions, urban-rural inequalities and related 'eco-urbanisation' challenges.  This project is being undertaken in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Fudan University.