Urban Resilience

Cities today face a range of challenges, shocks and stresses from the effects of climate change and growing migrant populations and conflicts, to stressed infrastructure and natural and man-made disasters.

Resilience is what helps cities adapt and transform in the face of these challenges, helping them to prepare for both the expected and the unexpected. Building urban resilience requires looking at a city holistically, understanding the systems that make up the city and the interdependencies and risks they may face. Moreover, urban resilience is the result of the complex system of interrelations and interdependencies of the city with the surrounding environment.

Interrelated topics of research under this theme include climate change adaptation and mitigation, natural and man-made disasters modelling, disaster management, infrastructure vulnerability and resilience, community resilience, resilient urban planning and design.

We offer our Engineering and the Built Environment PhD. We've also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researchers.


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Key publications

Wei, R., Du, Y. G., Zou, L., Li, D. W., 2018. Statistical analysis of geometrical parameters of corroded reinforcement. International Journal of Computational Physics Series, 1(1), pp. 191-196. doi: 10.29167/A1I1P191-196

Li, D. W., Wei, R., Du, Y. G., Guan, X. T., Zhou, M. Y., 2017. Measurement methods of geometrical parameters and amount of corrosion of steel bar. International Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 154, pp. 921-927.

Liu, J. Z., Ba, M. F., Du, Y.G., He, Z. M., Chen, J. B., 2016. Effects of Chloride ions on Carbonation Rate of Hardened Cement Paste by X-ray CT Techniques. International Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 122, pp. 619-627.

Kang, J. T., Wang, X. F., Yang, J., Du, Y.G., 2013. Strengthening double curved arch bridges by using extrados section augmentation method. International Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 41, pp. 165-174.

Esfahlani, S. S., ESG Ltd., 2014. Patent Application P11826 GB. "Fire and Bullet proof laminated glazing”.

Esfahlani, S. S., Shirvani, H., Shirvani, A., Nwaubani, S., Mebrahtu, H., Chirwa, C., 2013. Hexagonal honeycomb cell optimisation by way of meta-model techniques. International Journal of Crashworthiness, 18(3), pp. 264-275.

Esfahlani, S. S., Shirvani, H., Nwaubani, S., Shirvani, A., Mebrahtu, H., 2013. Comparative study of honeycomb optimization using Kriging and radial basis function. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters, 3(3).

Esfahlani, S. S., Shirvani, H., Shirvani, A., Nwaubani, S., 2011. Design attributes for geometry optimization process of thin walled honeycomb structures. In: ASME Proceedings, 21st Reliability, Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention Conference, Washington DC, USA, 28-31 August 2011, pp. 899-908.

Jones, K., Desai, A., Brosnan, N., Cooper, J., Ali, F., 2017. Built asset management climate change adaptation model. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 8(3). doi: 10.1108/IJDRBE-07-2016-0032

Jones, K., Bartolucci, A., Hiscock, K., 2017. The Role of FM in Disaster Resilience: Integrating the Sendai Framework into Disaster Risk Management. doi: 10.5281/zenodo.1252987

Butt, T. E., Jones, K. G., Savic, D., Gorse, C. A., Hudson, J. P., Paul, P., 2016. Built Environments and ‘Direct’ Energy Consumption – a conceptual methodology framework to facilitate delivery of the climate change act (PDF). Journal of Environmental Engineering and Management, 15(5), pp. 1155-1171.

Mulville, M., Jones, K. G., Huebner, G., Powell-Greig, J., 2016. Energy-saving occupant behaviours in offices: change strategies. Building Research and Information, 45, pp. 861-874. doi: 10.1080/09613218.2016.1212299

Jones, K., Desai, A., Brosnan, N., Cooper, J., Ali, F., 2016. Built Asset Management Climate Change Adaptation Model (PDF). In: CIB World Building Congress. Intelligent Built Environment for Life, Tampere, 2016.

Jones, K. G., Mulville, M., Desai, A., Jones, A., 2015. Asset management using a hybrid backcasting / forecasting approach. Facilities, 33(11/12), pp. 701-715.

Butt, T. E., Francis, T. J., Greenwood, D., Jones, K. G., Nasir, A. M., 2015. The role of BIM in tackling obsolescence, climate change, and sustainability. WIT Transactions on The Built Environment, 149. ISSN 1743-3509. doi: 10.2495/BIM150451

Bhuiyan, S. I., Jones, K., Wanigarathn, N., 2015. An approach to Sustainable Refurbishment of Existing Buildings (PDF). ARCOM, Lincoln.

Butt, T., Camilleri, M., Paul, P., Jones, K. G., 2015. Obsolescence types and the built environment – definitions and implications. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 14(1), pp. 20-39. ISSN 1474-6778 (Print), 1478-7466 (Online). doi: 10.1504/IJESD.2015.066896

Jones, K. G., Desai, A., Mulville, M., Jones, A., 2014. Employing back casting principles for the formation of long term built asset management strategies - A theoretical approach. CIB Facilities Management Conference. Technical University of Denmark. 21-23 May 2014.

Carbonari, G., Jones, K. G., 2014. Sustainable FM through Building Information Modelling. 13th EuroFM Research Symposium, Berlin, 2014.

Huebner, G., Cooper, J., Moon, A., Maras, P., Jones, K., 2014. Barriers towards reducing domestic energy consumption – findings of a study among social housing tenants. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 13(4).

Umeokafor, N., Isaac, D., Jones, K., Umeadi, B., 2014. Enforcement of occupational safety and health regulations in Nigeria: An exploration. European Scientific Journal, 3, pp. 93-104. ISSN 1857-7881 (Print), 1857-7431 (Online).

Nikolaou, I., Evangelinos, K., Jones, K. G., Allan, S., 2014. Environmental Management Practices and Engineering Science: A Review and Typology for Future Research. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management Journal, 10(2). doi: 10.1002/ieam.1504

Butt, T., Jones, K. G., Heyward, C., 2014. Sustainability of and Obsolescence in the Built Environment - Two Contrary Notions. Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 7(2), pp. 116-122.

Pandey, D. S., Pan, I., Das, S., Leahy, J. J., Kwapinski, W., 2015. Multi-gene genetic programming based predictive models for municipal solid waste gasification in a fluidized bed gasifier. Bioresource Technology, 179, pp. 524–533. (Citation: 23, IF: 5.651). Featured on the cover page of the journal, with image.

Pan, I., Pandey, D. S., Das, S., 2013. Global solar irradiation prediction using a multi-gene genetic programming approach, AIP. Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JRSE), 5, 063129. (Citation: 12, IF: 1.51). Most accessed articles in 2014 from the JRSE.

Achour, N., Pascale, F., Price, A. D. F., Ackisari, K., Miyajima, M., Yoshida, M., Polverino, F., 2016. Learning lessons from the 2011 Van Earthquake to enhance healthcare surge capacity in Turkey. Environmental Hazards, 15(1).

Castelluccio, R., Pascale, F., Fumo, M., Polverino, F., 2016. Innovative methods on territorial vulnerability study for the preparation of emergency plans. Tema: Technology, Engineering, Materials and Architecture, 2(2). pp. 62-71.

Imani, M., Pascale, F., Kapogiannis, G., Jones, K., 2016. Hospital resilience-informed decision-making: uncertainties and interdependencies. Proceedings of Integrated Design International Conference (ID@50), Bath, England.

Achour, N., Pantzartzis, E., Pascale, F., Price, A. D. F., 2015. Integration of resilience and sustainability: from theory to application. International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 6(3), pp. 347-362. doi: 10.1108/IJDRBE-05-2013-0016

Achour, N., Pascale, F., Soetanto, R., Price, A. D. F., 2015. Healthcare emergency planning and management to major disasters in the UK. International Journal of Emergency Management, 11(1). doi: 10.1080/17477891.2016.1139539

Pascale, F., Achour, N., Price, A. D. F., Polverino, F., 2014. Evaluation of factors and approaches affecting emergency department space planning. Facilities, 32(13/14), pp. 761-785. doi: 10.1108/F-09-2012-0073

Achour, N., Miyajima, M., Pascale, F., Price, A. D. F., 2014. Hospital resilience to natural hazards: classification and performance of utilities. Disaster Prevention and Management, 23(1), pp. 40-52. doi: 10.1108/DPM-03-2013-0057

Zuddas, F., 2019. (contracted, forthcoming). The university as a settlement principle: Territorialising knowledge in late 1960s Italy (Abingdon: Routledge).

Zuddas, F., 2018. The Project of Universality. In: Chipperfield, D., Duplantier, M., et al. (Eds.) 2018 HEC Campus: evolution of a model (Zurich: Park Books).

Zuddas, F., 2018. Culture for Resistance. C3, 395, pp. 14-21.

Puddu, S., Tattara, M., Zuddas, F., (Eds.) 2017. Territori della Conoscenza. Un Progetto per Cagliari e la sua Università (Macerata: Quodlibet).

Zuddas, F., 2017. The Idea of the Università. AA Files, 75, pp. 119-131.

Zuddas, F., 2017. L’Università come Principio Insediativo. In: Puddu, S., Tattara, M., Zuddas, F., (Eds.) 2017. Territori della Conoscenza. Un Progetto per Cagliari e la sua Università (Macerata: Quodlibet), pp. 10-49.

Zuddas, F., 2015. Pretentious equivalence. De Carlo, Woods and mat-building. Festival of Architecture Magazine, 34, pp. 45-65.

Puddu, S., Zuddas, F., 2012. Made in Taiwan. Architecture and Urbanism in the Innovation Economy (Trento and Barcelona: LIStLab).

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