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Mr 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 places an emphasis on promoting the uptake of scientific knowledge amongst GI stakeholders.  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).
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC): Green Infrastructure and the Health and Wellbeing Influences on an Ageing Population (GHIA)
This 3 year project aims to develop a better understanding of the benefits of urban GI for older people and how GI greening projects can be used to support healthy ageing in urban areas.  The project is multi-disciplinary and will place older people at the heart of a process of co-production. The project is being undertaken with local public sector organisations, the University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University.  
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. The research centres on the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region (BTHMR) and is being undertaken in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Fudan University.