This project aims to promote the integration of formal and informal green infrastructure into city-region policy and planning in inclusive ways. The interdisciplinary research team is working with communities, local NGOs and policymakers to develop a user-friendly application of deep learning techniques to city-region land-use mapping and build models and scenarios of land-use change. It is looking to create a web-based tool that supports dialogue concerning the impact of current urban planning trajectories on green infrastructures, the environmental services they provide, and implications for well-being. The team is also seeking to incorporate information from the lived experiences and perspectives of poor and marginalised communities, alongside quantitative and qualitative data from other sources such as official statistics, academic literature and spatial datasets. It is anticipated that the project will open up policy dialogues over alternative urban development trajectories that build on positive interactions between formal and informal green infrastructures.
Research Team: Professor Fiona Marshall, University of Sussex; Professor Ramila Bisht, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Dr Shijun Ding, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law; Professor Ritu Priya, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Dr Novi Quadrianto, University of Sussex; Dr Jeremy Reffin, University of Sussex