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Mainstreaming green infrastructure in planning policy and decision making: Translating NERC science into a co-produced spatial planning toolkit.

Northumbria University

September 2017 – September 2020

WATCH THIS SPACE: This fellowship prioritises four critical GI challenges: What constitutes success in the provision and delivery of GI in the planning system? How can we translate existing NERC science associated with the value and benefits of GI into fit for purpose delivery tools for policy and practice? How can we evaluate the added value of GI planning policies and interventions? How can we change/influence behaviour(s) of key actors in the planning arena regarding their valuation and use of GI?

Research Council: NERC

Tool for planning and evaluating urban green infrastructure – Bicester and beyond

University of Oxford

January 2016 – April 2018

Bicester is a designated Garden Town with an ambitious plan for sustainable development (Eco Bicester – One Shared Vision). The town is due to double in size over the next 15–20 years, with the building of 13,000 new homes. This will increase the pressure on existing green infrastructure (GI) but also presents opportunities to incorporate large areas of new GI within the developments. The NW Bicester development, which will be the UK’s first Eco-Town, has a target of 40% of land allocated to green space. There are also plans to make this both zero carbon in terms of energy usage, and water neutral, and to use SUDS for water management. The overall ambition is a high quality GI network that could showcase Bicester as a key example of sustainable development in practice and make it an attractive place to live and invest.

Research Council: NERC

Tree selection for green infrastructure

Lancaster University

January 2016 – March 2018

Can we improve our current approach to tree selection for green infrastructure projects? You shouldn’t rely on nursery information alone, this can offer conflicting advice. In using science to better inform tree selection, you will learn that trees from humid, moist under-storey environments do not have the drought tolerance to thrive in difficult urban planting sites.

Research Council: NERC