Green Cities and Infrastructure (GCI)

The Green City and Infrastructure (GCI) group includes the UMD Master Specialization “Managing and Financing Infrastructure for Green Cities former (MFUI)” and the course Green City for Eco-efficiency. GCI provides training advisory works and research on different topics related to infrastructure and green cities.

GCI 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 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 (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 specially training, research and advisory works on issues related to infrastructure such as infrastructure asset management and governance, service delivery, green city performance, liveability, green infrastructure and floods, sustainable development, sustainable energy, sustainable transport, disaster risks management and  water & sanitation.

Research within the GCI 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.
  • Green home (sustainable housing) and "The Need for Sustainable Tourism and Green Growth for Heritage Settlements in Nepal" (Switch Asia projects I & II)

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 this two constraints?