How can infrastructure improve life in fragmented cities, now and in the future?
Prof Alison Brown, Cardiff University
Prof José Antônio Puppim de Oliveira, Fundação Getulio Vargas
Prof Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies
Chair: Dr Deljana Iossifova, University of Manchester
Prof Alison Brown
Infrastructure and work in the Global South
Prof José Antônio Puppim de Oliveira
Understanding Innovations in Blue and Green Infrastructure for Improving Food-Water-Energy Nexus in Cities
Improved governance of the interactions between food, water and energy (FWE) in cities can provide significant benefits in addressing some of the most complex global problems, including climate change and biodiversity loss, as well as help achieve other developmental goals such as food security and health. This research, part of a Belmont Forum project, analyzes urban governance at the different levels related to the FWE nexus (FWEN) using Green and Blue Infrastructure (GBI), by developing new concepts and approaches to understand how to assess, govern and build GBI solutions and policies.
Prof Lyla Mehta
How can infrastructure be chosen, planned, designed, implemented, maintained, enhanced and used to improve human well-being in formal and informal urban areas?
The sustained functioning of infrastructural systems has multiple positive effects on human health and wellbeing. Infrastructure is therefore central to the UN Sustainable Development agenda, featuring in and contributing to most Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs; Goals 1, 3, 5-14 among others). The lack of access to sanitation, water, transport, energy or communication infrastructure can curtail sustainable development and entrench existing or create new social inequality dynamics, for instance in further stigmatising the urban poor.
The INFRA+ webinar series aims to identify links between context-specific infrastructural challenges, approaches to their solution and universal mechanisms towards improved sustainability.
Speakers from across academia and practice with focus on East and Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East present their unique disciplinary perspectives and propose transdisciplinary directions for future research.