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From the ancient Sumerian Eridu to the Japanese mega-city of Tokyo, the city has become emblematic of humanity's achievements. Towering skyscrapers, impressively efficient infrastructures, and vast populations have become part and parcel of daily life to city-dwellers. But growing populations and increasing pollution have raised questions which need addressing. This evening explores how all city communities can live well, regardless of socioeconomic status, how we can put our waste to good use, and how we may design buildings with sustainability in mind? How do we have our cake and eat it?
Income Inequality and Residential Segregation in UK Cities - A Case Study of Nottingham
Dr Jenni Cauvain (Research Fellow)
Dr Jenni Cauvain is a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, her current work focuses on social sustainability of cities. Jenni has a PhD in urban planning from the University of Manchester and has previously worked in local government and the think tank sector. Her research interests include the connections between social and environmental change in cities, inequality and citizenship.
Future Cities: Revolutionising Energy
Sean Jones (Postdoctoral Researcher)
Sean has been a researcher at the University of Nottingham for 4 years. He has worked on a number of projects including those looking at disruptive technologies, energy storage, community energy, smart energy networks, and active buildings. Currently, Sean is investigating how active buildings can be used to revolutionise the UK housing market with offsite manufacturing and the incorporation of renewable energy technologies.
Trash or Treasure? Finding Value in Wastes
Jon McKechnie (Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering )
My research focuses on the evaluation of technologies from financial, environmental and social perspectives. Much of this work looks into “wastes” (or, as we prefer to call them, “resources”) and the emerging opportunities to convert these into useful materials and fuels. In this talk, I’ll discuss the opportunities and barriers to implementing new technologies to contribute to more sustainable resource use as part of a more circular economy.