Theme Lead: Professor Brendan Murtagh
SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Sustainable Cities and Communities explores how places change economically, socially and environmentally and in particular how we can use research to better understand and address the spatial concentration of complex social problems in our own region as well as globally.
The Role of the Social Economy in Poverty Reduction and Urban Regeneration
Innovate UK is funding a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership to strengthen the social economy as a driver of urban regeneration and poverty reduction building on our previous research in this area. For further details, please visit the EDT North website here.
Vulnerable Marine Communities
CESI is especially interested in the concept of vulnerability and how communities facing multiple pressures can transition to a more sustainable future. This includes work closely linked to a range of SDGs on climate change and marine resources:
- The H2020 PERICLES project examines the multiple threats to the heritage of coastal communities and how they can build resilience in the face of climate change.
- MOSES is also an EU funded research project that examines how coastal communities respond to the pressures of ‘blue growth’ including tourism, fishing and offshore energy.
Renewable Energy Transitions
This work also relates to SDGs on carbon management and climate action, by evaluating community responses to renewable energy, models of locally led delivery which also links in with our work on social enterprises and transitions management. This is being delivered via the €4.2m EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie MISTRAL Innovative Training Network (ITN) on energy transitions.