Sustainable Communities

Planners and policy makers strive for communities to be planned, built, or modified to promote sustainable living. Sustainable communities create places where people want to live and work, now and in the future. They meet the diverse needs of existing and future residents, are sensitive to their environment, and contribute to a high quality of life.

Interrelated topics of research under this theme include sharing cities, communities, architecture and urban design, social housing, sustainable tourism, heritage-led resilience, social and spatial justice, culture and identity, urban-rural linkage and development.

We offer our Engineering and the Built Environment PhD. We've also identified a range of innovative research project opportunities for postgraduate researcher.


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Key publications

Mahdizadeh, S. and Rajendran, L.P, 2018. A renewed approach to conservation policy of Historical Gardens in Iran. Landscape Research, Landscape Research Group Taylor and Francis (Routledge).

Rajendran, L.P., 2016. Incidental spaces as a potential for creating a sense of place and identity in urban environment, Proceedings of the ICE – Urban Design and Planning, ICE Publishing, London. ISSN 1755-0793 | E-ISSN 1755-0807 doi: 10.1680/jurdp.15.00028. 

Rajendran, L.P., 2018 An interdisciplinary socio-spatial approach towards studying identity constructions in multicultural urban spaces. In: Xingjian Liu and Xinyue, eds. Human Dynamics in Social and Physical Spaces, Springer Publishing (peer reviewed) (Forthcoming, 2018).

Emerging Identities in the Futures of Place: Media, Space and Culture, In: L.P. Rajendran, N.D. Odeleye, eds. Springer Series: Adaptive Environments. (Forthcoming, 2019).