Infrastructure and Green Cities (IGC)
The group Infrastructure and Green Cities (IGC) includes the UMD Master Specialization “Managing Infrastructure for Green Cities" (MICG) and the course Green City for Eco-efficiency. IGC provides training advisory works and research on different topics related to infrastructure and green cities.
IGC has been developed since 2013 by Dr Ogenis Brilhante who has created the IHS Green City Concept and two tools: one to measure green city performance and the other to develop a Green City action planning to help the city become greener. The thematic area has become very successful with high student counts, publications and international projects.
Our green city concept sees the city broadly composed of three elements (parts): the built environment (the man-made physical structure also called infrastructure), the natural and the anthropogenic (citizens). Decisions on infrastructure influence the other two parts and will affect the green performance, liveability and sustainability of the city.
The thematic area provides capacity building services (training, research and advisory) on issues related to infrastructure such as infrastructure asset management and governance, service delivery, green city performance, liveability, green infrastructure & floods, sustainable development (sustainable energy and transport), disaster risks management and water & sanitation.
Research within the IGC thematic area covers issues related to infrastructure asset management and the relations of green city performance with infrastructure, liveability, sustainability, sustainable development and environmental quality.
Current research being implemented within the group
- Development of a global tool to measure green city performance over time across the five continents
- Assessing our claim that a green city as defined by the IHS green city concept is also sustainable, liveable, healthy and competitive.
Research topics open for master and/or PhD students:
- Are there certain common characteristics and traits that characterise cities that have adopted green initiatives and achieved high green performance?
- To what extent population size and fast city expansion affect the green performances of cities of developing countries? What can be done to overcome these two constraints?
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