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Resilient infrastructures

Disaster Resilience and European Critical Infrastructures (EU-CIRCLE)

EU-CIRCLE is a Horizon 2020 project (2015–2018) which aims to move towards infrastructure networks that are resilient to today’s natural hazards and prepared for future climate change. Given the interconnected and interdependent nature of modern infrastructure, the project aims to reduce the incidence of ‘cascade failures’ by developing a Climate Infrastructure Resilience Platform. This will assess impacts of climate hazards, develop resilience indicators and support cost-efficient adaptation measures. The project has over 20 European partners and builds on CDR’s years of experience in disaster resilience.

Impact Analysis of City Infrastructure Disaster Event (INCIDENT)

Infrastructure facilities such as transportation, telecommunications, healthcare, water supply and electricity are deeply embedded within social systems in cities. Intense disasters can cause systemic failures of infrastructure due to the strong interconnections between its components. INCIDENT took this complexity of the networked infrastructure into account to prepare an exploratory structural model that captures the cascading impacts and consequences due to disaster events at a city scale. The exploratory project, funded by global engineering consultancy Arup, provided the basis for a more comprehensive failure analysis study to be performed in the future.

Climate Impacts in Malaysia (CLIMATISE)

Climate-induced extreme weather events, such as floods, landslides and soil erosion, vary in cause and effect across the globe. In Malaysia it has been revealed that an increase in temperature due to climate change has multiplied the intensity and frequency of storms and rainfall. This project, funded by the British Council Newton Institutional Links programme, will develop built environment specific strategies for the adaptation and mitigation of climate-induced extreme weather events through a national and international collaboration of academics, practitioners and professional bodies. CLIMATISE provides an ideal platform to further the links between UK and Malaysia in creating a safer built environment and to conduct knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer at an institutional level. 

Evaluating Pilots in Health and Social Care

Greater Manchester is often seen as a site for piloting initiatives and learning about their effectiveness, prior to being rolled out in other localities across the UK. One example is the Community Risk Intervention Team (CRIT) initiative for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS), which is the first such service in the UK and is being piloted in Greater Manchester. Working alongside both the North West Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Police, the CRIT approach provides both response call-outs (such as cardiac arrests and falls) and preventative services (such as installing grab rails and providing lifestyle advice). Our project involves an evaluation of a pilot to understand the experiences of GMFRS staff, and professionals working in health and social care in delivering the service, coupled with the experience of individual users.

Social-ecological Resilience in Cities

Social-ecological urbanism suggests a new model for sustainable urban development in accordance with social-ecological principles. We contribute to this growing area of enquiry and practice through our collaboration with the Biospheric Foundation/ Studio in Greater Manchester. Supported through funding from Mistra Urban Futures and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, this work is developing an integrated live action research platform to support learning and innovation around socio-ecological resilience in cities.

Urban Food Systems

There is increasing interest in the resilience of the food system, in the context of ecological threats affecting food production and distribution, as well as social and political issues around food poverty. Urban agriculture is seen by some to offer a response to these issues within the context of the broader local food system. In addition there is increasing interest in the relationship between gardening, urban agriculture and public health, mental health and wellbeing. Our work in this area spans the globe, from the Geelong Food Hub, Australia, to work on the evidence base for and governance implications of food policies in Greater Manchester.