SMArt CitIES Network for Sustainable Urban Futures (SMARTIES Net)

Duration: 05/16 – 05/17

In a world where more than half of the global population now lives in urban areas, the way in which cities are planned and governed has increasing social, environmental and economic importance. While policy makers are designing long-term strategies based on drawing on IT, infrastructure development and green growth, pressing challenges such as poverty, environmental degradation and disease threaten to undermine the potential for a better urban future.

SMArt CitIES Network for Sustainable Urban Futures (SMARTIES Net), a collaborative partnership between British and Indian academics, aims to establish a multi-disciplinary consortium of researchers specialising in a range of fields including engineering, social science, urban planning and heritage. Through a variety of engagement activities, including workshops, an entrepreneurship competition and a variety of publications, the project will support the development of integrated policy strategies for selected cities in India.

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Michèle Clarke (Principal Investigator, Associate Pro Vice Chancellor)
Chris Atkin (Professor)
Simon Blainey (Lecturer in Transportation)
Ksenia Chmutina (Lecturer in Sustainable and Resilient Urbanism)
Andrew Collins (Professor in Disaster and Development)
Dexter Hunt (Lecturer)
Sarah Jewitt (Associate Professor)
Xiaolin Meng (Associate Professor)
Patrizia Riganti (Senior Lecturer)
Darren Robinson (Chair in Building and Urban Physics)
Christopher Rogers (Professor of Geotechnical Engineering)
Colin Thorne (Professor of Physical Geography)
Miles Tight (Professor of Transport, Energy and Environment)
Jason Sadler (Principal Research Fellow)
Devendra Saroj
Michael White (Professor)

Establishment of a multi-disciplinary UK-India Consortium of researchers.

Collaborative working groups hosted in different Indian cities, with accompanying Future Cities reports.

Online entrepreneurship competition focusing on future smart cities and how open source Information, virtual platforms and big data can be used to benefit case study cities.