Urban metabolism, knowledge and applications in urban planning and design

Associated projects:

Using Urban Metabolism to analyse Fuel Poverty in Reading (2018)

Principal investigator: Daniela Perrotti, with Eugene Mohareb.

The project aims to apply models for urban metabolism analysis to assess the fuel poverty issue in Reading. Reading will be used as a case study to generalise results to other small UK cities with similar demographic and socioeconomic profiles. The students will use data collected during a previous study of the metabolism of Reading, which employed the Material Flow Analysis (MFA) methodology (input-output quantification of water, energy, reused/landfilled waste, and carbon dioxide emissions by sectors). Funded through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme (UROP), University of Reading.  Project link 


INSIGHT: Integrated strategies for inclusive growth, resource-efficiency and urban resilience (2018)

Principal investigator: Daniela Perrotti with University of Portsmouth, UK, and Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

UK-China Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Communities Leadership Workshop (Xi’an, China), sponsored by the British Council – Newton Fund. The main aim of the INSIGHT workshop is to promote the international exchange of knowledge and experiences around novel theories, strategies and methods on urban regeneration, applying integrated strategies for inclusive growth, resource-efficiency and urban resilience. The applicants are experts in the field of inclusive urban regeneration and resource efficiency. Project link. 


UK Cities Urban Metabolism and Energy Transitions: A taxonomy of cities (2017-2020)

Principal Investigator: Christina Bristow. PhD Co-Supervisor: Daniela Perrotti; with Dr. Eugene Mohareb and Dr. Phil Coker.

UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership. This doctoral research project features an exploration of resource requirements in UK cities using urban metabolism modelling methods. Project link


Quantifying Reading’s Urban Metabolism (2017)

Principal investigator: Daniela Perrotti; with Dr. Eugene Mohareb 
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme (UROP), University of Reading. Two students worked in collaboration with Reading Borough Council to quantify resource consumption in the local area. This project fell under the research area of “urban metabolism” which is a resource flow accounting application to quantify the needs of urban areas and explore how they can transition to more sustainable levels of resource consumption. Project link


Application of energy-conscious design principles in planning and design: sustainable energy landscapes (2015 – 2018)

PhD investigator: Roberta Pistoni, with Daniela Perrotti, Wageningen University, Landscape Architecture Chair Group, and School of Landscape Architecture of Versailles, Laboratoire de Recherche en Projet de Paysage Larep.

French Ministry for the Environment ITTECOP / ARENE Île-de-France. A PhD research project examining the design principles that promote rational energy management, to support the planning and delivery of sustainable energy landscapes. Project link.