Resilient Environments Centre

Canterbury high street Our research has several areas of strength covering real estate, spatial and environmental planning.

In spatial and environmental planning, we explore decision-making processes, innovative means of stakeholder engagement and the concept of ecosystem services. We have used examples at the local, city and regional level in studies. For example inĀ 

  • the management of the rural-urban fringe
  • the replanning and rebuilding of cities after the Second World War, and
  • the behaviour of users of sustainable energy projects.

In real estate we have explored the professional knowledge of property valuers and the nature of the valuation process. We have a focus on low carbon and sustainability in terms of biofuel, wastewater remediation and waste treatment; and we have worked in supply chain management and logistics.

Helping planners make decisions

The fusion of Spatial Planning with the Ecosystem Approach helps to translate complex theory into accessible outputs for public and stakeholder engagement. 'RUFopoly' and 'EATME tree' are two of these outputs, and have been used by the Welsh Government to design emerging policy frameworks.

Find out more about our research into spatial planning.

Reconnecting Science and Policy with the Rural-Urban Fringe

The rural-urban fringe (RUF), the space where countryside meets town, is among society's most valued and pressured places. However, in policy and decision-making it remains largely forgotten, lacking sufficient understanding and evidence for integrated management. This research re-discovered the RUF within more positive, inclusive and proactive agendas for management. Its focus was on assessing the implications of policy and decision-making processes and outcomes for the sustainability of the RUF. The project's chief assessment tool was a framework that uniquely fused ideas from both the Ecosystem Approach (EA) and Spatial Planning (SP) to provide an improved lens through which to view the RUF.

Find out more about our research into the Rural-Urban Fringe.