This programme is characterised by a diverse range of teaching and learning activities ranging from lectures, seminars and tutorials to blended learning, use of the VLE and an array of audio-visually delivered material. This will be supplemented by field-visits to sites of importance, and a blend of theoretical and practical work both independently and in groups. Using real-life local and global examples, innovative teaching strategies will be employed.
The teaching staff come from a range of backgrounds bringing a multitude of expertise and experience to the classroom. You will have the opportunity to debate with academics and guest lecturers in a scholarly environment and help shape the acquisition of knowledge in this emerging subject area. This also includes continuous supervision on research proposal and dissertation modules.
Assessments will be varied and relevant to the multi-disciplinary nature of the course providing you with a diverse skillset to carry forward into your future career.
- Written essays
- Research paper
- Audio recorded interview
- Consultancy project
Postgraduate Staff Profile
Dr Nick Davies
Nick has been a researcher and lecturer for eleven years in diverse areas including urban ecology, urban mobility, sustainable communities, active travel and sustainable tourism. He has conducted consultancy work for the European Commission and European Parliament, the World Health Authority, many local and national government organisations, the National Trust and Sustrans; and is currently developing the emergent area of urban ecology at Salford.
Prof. Hisham Elkadi
Professor Elkadi is the Head of the School of the Built Environment (SoBE). He has established a sound research network on both national and international levels in the subject of urban ecology. He led the art and architecture theme in an EU FP6 Network of Excellence, and works on other national and international grants related to regeneration of mid cities, and urban ecology. One of his main objectives is to build more capacity for engagement with both the community and professional bodies in the field of architecture and built environment.
Prof. Oren Lieberman
Professor Lieberman has taught at university level – undergraduate, postgraduate and MPhil and PhD supervision – since 1989. He has developed a wide-ranging practice: as an architect, teacher, exhibitor, initiator and curator of events and symposia as well as exhibitions, and as a writer and publisher, across Europe and beyond. He is developing the research areas of critical engagement with 'smart' cities, and in the relationships between material/constructed places and health and well-being.
Dr Mike Hardman
Mike is a Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Management (GEM) with expertise in planning. The subject of his doctorate was guerrilla gardening: using ethnographic methods to analyse the actions of those who illegally colonised land in cities. His core research focus is around food security, particularly attempts to introduce agricultural activity into cities. He has published widely in this area, and is currently developing an MSc in Sustainability.
Prof. Philip James
Professor James, an expert in ecosystem ecology and urban ecology has published work relating to research conducted in Europe, Africa, and Asia. His interdisciplinary approach to research has led to invitations to take part in diverse research projects such as creating ecological frameworks for cities and rural areas, examining the ecosystem services associated with saltmarshes, the treescape of cities and towns, and large landscapes such as the 77km2 of the Irwell Catchment; charting the sustainable development of Shanghai, China; and understanding the legacy of an international eye care programmes in Ghana. What links all of these is the concept of systems – a concept central to ecology and one that is useful in many of areas of our lives.
Prof. Will Swan
Will leads the Applied Buildings and Energy Research Group (ABERG) at the University of Salford, which he established in 2011. ABERG is home to the Salford Energy House, a whole test house within an environmental chamber, which has undertaken ground-breaking work on retrofit and controls. He has a background in industry-focused research, previously being sustainability and performance measurement lead at the Centre for Construction innovation before establishing ABERG, as a multi-disciplinary research group.
Prof. Jason Underwood
Jason’s background is a combination of civil/structural engineering and construction ICT with over twenty years research experience in the area of concurrent engineering, integrated and collaborative computing in construction, product and building information modelling, digital built environments, collaborative working and behaviours, and organisational e-readiness towards delivering strategic value from ICT investment through involvement in both UK and EU funded research projects, on which he has published extensively.