Smart eco-cities

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"The trend of urbanisation in recent decades has moved more and more population from rural areas to cities. It is estimated that by 2050, about 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. This makes the research on building smart eco-cities ever more important."

May Tan-Mullins

Professor in International Relations

Dr Linjun Xie

Former UNNC PhD student, currently postdoctoral researcher at Durham University, UK

Professor in International Relations May Tan-Mullins and Professor of Architecture and Urban Design Ali Cheshmehzangi have been committed to the research on eco-development and sustainable cities.

From 2015 to 2018, they participated in an international collaborative project - Smart Eco-cities to undertake a comparative study between European and Chinese cities, and coordinated the research at the China side. Their findings on how countries use technology to enhance the urbanisation process while mitigating the impact of climate change has led to many publications and policy advice. The project is co-funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the French National Research Agency (ANR), the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

For Professor May Tan-Mullins and Ali Cheshmehzangi, their research on smart eco-cities is non-stop. Professor Cheshmehzangi has published eight books, all centring on the topic, and is working on a variety of projects to materialise the idea of sustainable cities and communities from different angles.