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Reference Number EP/I002154/1
Title SECURE: SElf Conserving URban Environments
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Residential and commercial) 10%;
Not Energy Related 80%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 5%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 5%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Geography and Environmental Studies) 5%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Town and Country Planning) 60%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Politics and International Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 5%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 60%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Policy and regulation) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 10%;
Principal Investigator Professor MC Bell
No email address given
Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 February 2011
End Date 31 July 2015
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £2,244,041
Industrial Sectors Construction; Energy; Environment
Region North East
Programme Energy : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor MC Bell , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Dr AK (Anil ) Namdeo , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor DAC Manning , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor DW Graham , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor K Lomas , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Professor JA Wright , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr SK Firth , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr SC Taylor , Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr J Leake , Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Professor KJ (Kevin ) Gaston , Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter (0.001%)
  Recognised Researcher Dr A (Abhishek ) Tiwary , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.000%)
Dr JF (Jennifer ) Brake , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , The Northern Energy Initiative (TNEI) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Newcastle City Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northumbrian Water Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Jacobs Engineering UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Durham County Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Graphite Resources Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Natural England (0.000%)
Project Contact , Nexus Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northumberland County Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Tees Valley (0.000%)
Project Contact , NERIP, the Observatory for North East England (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Transport (DfT) (0.000%)
Project Contact , AECOM (International), USA (0.000%)
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Abstract The U.K. population is projected to reach 80 million by 2050 and it is anticipated that the overwhelming majority will continue to live in cities. Besides becoming more densely populated, future cities will be surrounded with expanding urban areas. Interactions within cities; across urban areas and with surrounding cities, towns and 'rural' areas with the rest of the UK will place new and different demands on infrastructure, whether housing, energy, transport, freight distribution and disposal of waste. Decisions that are made now will have profound implications for the resultant pressures on transport, living space, energy use, and ecosystem services (the benefits humans receive from ecosystems). These decisions will play out at two fundamentally different spatial scales. First, and by far the better understood, are those decisions that concern individual households and their neighbourhoods. These include issues of how their members move around, what kinds of housing they occupy, how their energy demands and waste production are reduced, and how their negative influences on the wider environment generally will be limited. Second, broad scale strategic decisions regarding regional planning will determine where in the U.K. population growth is primarily accommodated. This will determine, and be shaped by, the kinds of transport and energy infrastructure required, and the environmental impacts. Obviously these two sets of decisions are not independent. The demands for and impacts of broad scale development (whether this be the creation of new urban areas or the intensification of existing ones) - and thus how this is best achieved to deliver sustainability- will be influenced not by the typical demands and impacts exhibited now by households, but by the way in which these have been changed in response to the modification to the associated infrastructure. This makes for a challenging problem in predicting and evaluating the possible consequences of different potential scenarios of regional development.The proposed study SElf Conserving URban Environments (SECURE) will address this grand challenge of integration across scales (the global aim) by developing a range of future regional urbanization scenarios, and exploring their consequences for selected high profile issues of resource demand and provision (transport, dwellings, energy, and ecosystem services) alongside sustainable waste utilisations. In doing so, it will build on findings of research outputs of several previous SUE projects and harness its relationship in the context of policy and economic growth. The study includes specific research objectives under five broad cross-cutting themes - Urbanisation, Ecosystems Services, Building and Energy, Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Integration across themes. SECURE is designed to assemble novel deliverables to bring about step change in current knowledge and practice. The North East Region will be used as a test bed and evaluation of transitional scenarios leading up to 2050 will quantify the benefits of integration across the scales through conservation across the themes. SECURE will deliver policy formulation and planning decisions for 2030 and 2050 with a focus on creating Sustainable Urban Environment.The contributors to this project are researchers of international standings who have collaborated extensively on several EPSRC funded projects, including the SUE research since its inception. The SECURE team builds on their current collaboration on the SUE2 4M project. The Project consortium is led by Newcastle - Prof Margaret Bell as PI and Dr Anil Namdeo as co-ordinator alongside Dr Jenny Brake with academic partners: Prof David Graham (Environmental Engineering), Prof David Manning (Geosciences); from Loughborough: Prof Kevin Lomas, Prof Jonathan Wright and Dr Steven Firth (Civil and Building Engineering); from Sheffield: Prof Kevin Gaston and Dr Jonathan Leake (Animal and Plant Sciences)
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