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Resilient Environments Centre

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“Resilience” is defined in so many ways by so many people: there are many overlaps but some interesting differences.  We use the term to mean the ability of environments to respond to change, and our research focuses on a broad range of means of responsiveness/resilience.

Our taught courses focus on professional management of environments, through real estate management and spatial/environmental planning, to produce more informed management and hence more resilient environments.


Our research has several areas of strength. 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 of, for example, 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.

PhD students

We have a range of recent and current PhD students working in these broad areas, and recent successes include studies of property valuation processes, urban agriculture and guerrilla gardening, post-war reconstruction, and the project management of the London Olympic stadium.