Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being
- 21 months
The UN estimates that by 2050 68% of the world population will live in cities. The fastest growing cities are in developing countries of the Global South. These cities already struggle to provide adequate infrastructure and stand to be overwhelmed by future demand. Also by 2050 the UN estimates that the current slum (informal) population of 1 billion will have grown to 3 billion. This places immeasurable pressure on urban infrastructure, on water supplies, the environment, health, sanitation, housing, energy, transport, public health, and on all aspects of social and community life. In this context, well-being, which includes but extends beyond physical health to incorporate all dimensions of material, social and mental welfare, becomes an urgent issue necessitating creative thinking and practical solutions.
This programme supports interdisciplinary research across the social and engineering sciences and the humanities looking to explore how formal and informal infrastructures interact to affect the well-being of people in cities across the Global South. The projects aim to:
- Deliver research excellence with development impact;
- Strengthen the evidence base on what works at the critical junctions of formal and informal infrastructures, including what works in different contexts;
- Provide insights to enable new approaches to infrastructure development and innovative directions in implementation by policy makers and practitioners.
For more details about the programme and the eligibility requirements, please see the scheme notes.
For further information, please contact GCRF@thebritishacademy.ac.uk or call 020 7969 5220.
'Pneuma-City': Frictional Infrastructure, Road Ecologies and Valorisation of End-of-Life Tyres Towards More Sustainable Urban Economies in West African Mega-Cities
A project exploring the role of used tyres in urban environmental sustainability.
Alleviating the Impacts of Gaza’s Energy Crisis on Population’s Well-Being through Sustainable Electricity Generating Technology
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Developing Infrastructural Solutions for Lebanon’s Challenges of Mass Displacement
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Equitable Mobility for City Health and Well-Being
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Exploring the Development and Implementation of Co-Produced Water Management Infrastructure Solutions to Adapt to Climate Change-Related Risk: The Intersection of Rural-Urban Areas in Medellin, Colombia
A project aiming to develop water management infrastructure solutions for better climate change adaptation.
Inclusive Green Infrastructures for Urban Well-Being
A project exploring alternative urban development trajectories that build on positive interactions between formal and informal infrastructures.
Kenya Healthy Diet and Active Lifestyle Infrastructure for the Next Generation
A project aiming to counteract physical inactivity among children in Kenya.
Reducing the Impact of Extreme Heat to Improve Well-Being in Cities
A project developing low-cost options for reducing heat stress in urban contexts.
Scaling Up and Transferring Community-Managed Rural Water Systems to Urban Settings
A project investigating the scalability of community-managed models of water provision.
Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture as Green Infrastructure: Implications on Well-Being and Sustainability in the Global South
A project exploring the role of green infrastructure in promoting urban well-being and sustainability.
Well-Being Achieved from Earthen Residence
A project exploring the role of earthen materials in achieving sustainable urban infrastructures.