Optimising the ecological performance of cities (2012–2019)
Cities vary enormously in their environmental impact, yet we do not understand what causes this variation. I want to discover general rules for optimising the design of cities to minimise their environmental impacts while maintaining their economic performance and human quality of life. I will collect data on the performance of more than 1000 cities globally, and develop of new theory to discover answers to this question. At the heart of this research programme is an opportunity to learn how city growth should best be managed to achieve efficient use of environmental resources at a time of peak global demand.