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researching and developing participatory decision support solutions for smarter cities to enhance public involvement and participation in environmental planning and decision making.

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What do we do?

The main aim of the research here is to develop and test web-based Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to enhance public involvement and participation in environmental planning and decision making.

These systems are referred to as PPGIS.

The main objective is based on the belief that by providing citizens with access to information and data in the form of maps and visualisations they can make better informed decisions about the natural and built environment around them.

Latest news...

The follow projects are now live all offering interactive mapping tools:

The Greater Manchester Poverty Index
The Poverty Mapping Portal shows the geography of poverty across Greater Manchester in maps. Its purpose is to offer a greater understanding of poverty across the city region.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation's ClimateJust
Climate Just is an information tool designed to help with the delivery of equitable responses to climate change at the local level.
Innovate UK and NERC funded Adaptation Planning Service
The Adaptation Planning Service Mapping Tools assists your organisation in adapting its buildings and infrastructure to climate change.

NEW PROJECTS!

EPSRC
We recently won funding from EPSRC to further develop digital neighbourhood planning and we'll be working with a rural community in Cumbria and The TCPA.
ESRC
We are also about to start a new ESRC project as part of the SDAI programme developing an online toolkit for better planning of transport infrastructure.
TCPA
Finally our EU funded GRaBS research continues to have an impact with The TCPA. We are about to start building an online climate change GIS tool for the Island of Jersey.

Current research

The Greater Manchester Poverty Index

The Poverty Mapping Portal shows the geography of poverty across Greater Manchester in maps. Its purpose is to offer a greater understanding of poverty across the city region.

This Poverty Monitor is designed as a collection of indicators, which will be developed and updated to help monitor poverty over time. The maps in this part of the site help people drill down to their local areas.

It is designed as an ongoing resource, not a single-point-in-time report on poverty in Greater Manchester. It is designed to help people concerned about poverty to monitor the level of poverty, its distribution across the city, and the trends.

Recenlty completed research

Smart Metropolitan Areas Realised Through Innovation & People

The Green Home Watch is part of our Smart Cities research project called SMARTiP. We aim to bust myths about heating technologies and thermal insulation, and to collect real experiences from households. It is designed to help people make informed decisions about products and services in their area.

The idea of the SMARTiP project is to take the experience developed by a wide range of existing user-driven, open innovation initiatives in Europe, particularly those developed through Living Labs, and to apply this experience to the challenge of transforming public services by empowering 'smart citizens' who are able to use and co-produce innovative Internet-enabled services within emerging 'smart' cities.

The aim is to enable the adoption of open platforms for the co-production of citizen-centric Internet-enabled services in five test-bed sites, Manchester, Gent, Cologne, Bologna and Oulu. The objective is to enhance the ability of the cities to grow and sustain a 'smart city' ecosystem which can support new opportunities emerging for a dynamic co-production process resulting in more inclusive, higher quality and efficient public services which can then be made replicable and scalable for cross-border deployment on a larger scale.

The Green Home Watch

On-going work

The GRaBS Adaptation Action Planning Support System

is an interactive web-based mapping tool to assist different tiers of government support the development of climate change Adaptation Action Plans across Europe. The tool allows stakeholders to:
  • assess vulnerability to climate change using a range of spatial data provided by the project partners.
  • highlight locations where action may be required to adapt to a changing climate.
  • supports the development of Adaptation Action Plans.
  • brings together, for the first time, EU level climate change data
  • uses OpenSource software and can be replicated in other places.

GRaBS web site

The EcoCities Spatial Portal

assessing the geography of Greater Manchester's vulnerability to climate change

The UK Housing & Neighbourhood Monitor

was updated and re-launched on 5th July 2011 with new maps and analysis. It's a free website bringing together a wide range of housing and neighbourhood trends for the whole of the UK for the first time. It provides detailed interactive maps enabling users to examine a wide range of information for their locality, such as housing supply, affordability, new build rates, educational attainment and economic activity.

HNM web site

Here you'll find our work that is under development. This includes:

 

  • The TellUs Toolkit is a cloud-based decision support system to help you engage stakeholders in a range of location based problems.
  • The Local Forum: A platform for community enterprise, planning & regeneration
  • The Green Home Watch attempts to bust myths about heating technologies and thermal insulation, and to collect real experiences from households. It is designed to help people make informed decisions about products and services in their area.
  • Retrofit Consultation for Tenants is to understand the impact of energy efficiency improvements from the tenants perspective.

 


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