Cardiff University wins funding to investigate improved green urban infrastructure

Cardiff University's School of Planning and Geography and the Welsh School of Architecture, together with universities in the USA and Indonesia, have won a grant to investigate how urban greening can boost water and flood management and increase sustainability.

Cardiff - image: Jon Candy
Cardiff - image: Jon Candy

The two-year project will look at topics including urban forestry and green building design, and at how transferable these are, via a series of workshops hosted by the three partners.

Cardiff University senior lecturer Dr Andrea Frank said: "We hope to provide substantial economic, social and environmental gains not only for the US and Europe, but also developing countries around the world. To do this, we will need to develop approaches that are sensitive to local culture, knowledge and expertise."

The grant has been awarded to the consortium as part of the Global Innovation Initiative, a programme backed by the UK and US governments to strengthen research collaboration between universities in the UK, US and emerging economies.

The University of Exeter, together with universities in Florida and China, was also given a grant in the latest round to investigate flood impact assessment in mega-cities under climate change. Awards are in the $100,000-200,000 (£64,000-128,000) range.

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