Dr Aleksandra Kazmierczak - Research
Urban areas and planning for sustainable cities, in particular:
- Adaptation of cities to climate change
- Urban green spaces
- Spatial planning
- Social cohesion
- Environmental justice
- Urban regeneration
Completed research projects
This project concerned adaptation to climate change in Greater Manchester. This involved investigating climate change impacts and vulnerabilities of the urban system in order to recommend the adaptation responses.
Green and Blue Space Adaptation for Urban Areas and Eco Towns (GRaBS) (2008-2011)
Funded by Interreg IVC. Collaborators: European project with 14 partners from 8 member states.
The project has facilitated exchange of knowledge and good practice on climate change adaptation strategies to and between local and regional authorities. The core aim was to better integrate climate change adaptation within local and regional planning and development.
Resilient Homes (January – September 2010)
Funded by the Environment Agency.
Investigation of the willingness of homeowners living in flood risk areas to install property-level flood protection measures.
Towards greener cities: green infrastructure planning and management (October-November 2008)
Funded by British Council and Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education within the Young Scientists Programme. Collaborator: Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland
Comparative analysis of barriers and opportunities for successful planning and management of functional green infrastructure in Greater Manchester and in the Warsaw Metropolitan Area.
Ecological Framework for Greater Manchester (2006-2009)
Funded by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities. Collaborator: Greater Manchester Ecology Unit.
The core aim of the project was to develop of an overarching nature conservation strategy for Greater Manchester that would guide the development control decisions at the local authority level.
Improving the quality of life in Large Urban Distressed Areas (LUDA) (2003-2006)
Funded by EU Framework Programme 5. Collaborators: European project with 16 partners from 8 member states.
The project aimed to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in cities by providing a strategic approach to sustainable urban redevelopment, based on rational and systematic decision-making.
Developing urban green space systems to fulfil the requirements of urban residents and ecology (2005)
Funded by Helsinki University.
Compilation of knowledge about planning for green space systems across Europe.
Current research projects
European Topic Centre for Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (Principal Investigator)
January 2012 – December 2013
The European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) is a centre of thematic expertise contracted by the European Environment Agency to carry out tasks in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation across Europe. The ETC/CCA is a consortium of 13 partner organisations from EEA member countries, led by the Italian Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), which combine their research and information expertise in the area of climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation.
Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (January 2013 – January 2014)
The aim of the project is to develop a set of decision-support resources for practitioners and communities to assist them in developing socially just responses to climate change.
Evidence Review of Climate Change and Social Justice (Lead Researcher)
Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (September 2012 - February 2013). With the Centre for Sustainable Energy and the Environmental Change Institute.
Evaluation of the Food Futures Growing Manchester Programme (Principal Investigator)
Funded by Manchester City Council (April 2012 - February 2013)
Evidencing and Spatially Prioritising Climate Change Risks in Greater Manchester (Co-Investigator)
Funded by DEFRA (September 2012 - March 2013). With the Association for Greater Manchester Authorities.