University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Research Projects

Poverty alleviation in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda

An ESRC-DFID funded collaborative research project between the University of Nottingham and the University of the Philippines.

This project monitors the effectiveness of the typhoon Yolanda relief efforts in the Philippines in relation to building sustainable routes out of poverty. The key themes of the project are vulnerability, risk, resilience and shocks in relation to paths in and out of poverty.

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Lessons learned from this research will be highly relevant to post-disaster reconstruction efforts in Low Income Countries, specifically within densely populated urban areas. These communities are amongst the most at risk and yet least able to resurrect themselves after disasters. Vulnerability and risk inform why and how poor people are exposed to natural disasters whilst resilience informs how they coped and how coping strategies can be supported and risk lessened.

Who’s involved

  • Dr Pauline Eadie, The University of Nottingham, UK (Principal Investigator)
  • Dr May Tan-Mullins, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Dr Maria Atienza, University of the Philippines

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Twitter: @project_yolanda



Smart Eco-cities for a Green Economy: a Comparative Study of Europe and China

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This three year programme of research (2015-2018) provides the first systematic comparative analysis of green economy-focused smart city and eco-city initiatives in China and Europe. This will inform the identification of opportunities and pathways for shaping national and collaborative international urban and economic policy responses, engaging the state, the business sector and communities in delivering 'smart eco-city' initiatives that can promote the growth of the green economy.

The project is led by Federico Caprotti (University of Exeter), and is composed of five national teams working in collaboration with each other:

  • UK team: the universities of Exeter, Westminster, Plymouth, King's College London and Cardiff.
  • China team: the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, and Renmin University.
  • Netherlands team: the universities of  Utrecht and TU-Delft.
  • Germany team: Freiburg University.
  • France team: the University of Toulouse and the French Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

The Smart-Eco project has a particular focus on what we are calling the ‘smart eco-city’, defined as an experimental city which functions as a potential niche where both environmental and economic reforms can be tested and introduced in areas which are both spatially proximate (the surrounding region) and in an international context (through networks of knowledge, technology and policy transfer and learning). Key questions addressed in the research include the following:  

  • How should success in smart eco-city initiatives be evaluated?
  • What are the main obstacles to successful projects?
  • What generalisable lessons can be drawn from successful smart eco-cities, in socio-economic and policy terms?
  • How can knowledge effectively be shared across the context of European and Chinese urban-economic policymaking for smart eco-cities?

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Facebook: /smartecocitiesproject

Twitter: @SmartEcoCities