IGERT research on Sustainable
Urban Infrastructure is envisioned to be broad and to transcend disciplinary
boundaries. For example, although students are assigned a home department or
discipline, IGERT PhD research is expected to be aggressively cross-disciplinary,
with co-advisors spanning at least two of the four disciplines—Engineering,
Architecture and Planning, Public Affairs, and Health and Behavioral Sciences.
In order to achieve the UCD IGERT
programs central goal, which is to accomplish the design, analysis and rapid
diffusion of sustainable urban infrastructures of the furture, the program
focuses on thematic areas of research. For more information on specific
on-going research in these thematic areas please download the following
UCD IGERT Thematic Research Areas
examples of broad cross-disciplinary research areas relevant to sustainable
urban infrastructure are listed below. This is not intended to be an exhaustive
list, but more to serve illustrative purposes. Prospective students may wish to
contact the faculty from the various disciplines involved in each topic area to
gather further information.
Emerging Infrastructures and Technologies:
and evaluating innovative break-through technologies for resource-efficient and
environmentally-benign urban infrastructures using environmental/economic life
cycle assessments and material flow analyses. Engineering, Science &
Architecture Faculty: Rens, Tagg, Andreas
Urban Resource Flows:
emerging technologies, urban form, population growth and distribution as they
impact energy-material flows within and outside the city. Urban Planning,
GIS & Engineering Faculty: Clark, Johnson, Janson.
Multi-Criteria Policy Evaluation:
benefit-cost analysis of alternative infrastructures and built environments,
particularly focusing on two aspects: 1) Impact of alternative urban
infrastructures on urban system vulnerability and resiliency; and, 2)
the impact of alternative infrastructure designs on human health and well-being.
Public Affairs, Engineering, Planning & Family Medicine Faculty:
Teske, Busenberg, Burton, Hart, Main.
Human Behavior and Sustainability Outcomes
barriers to personal and community engagement in sustainable infrastructures,
and, tracking a common set of relevant indicators of health, well being and
urban infrastructure sustainability that are measurable, policy-relevant and
intuitive so as to foster community engagement. Health & Behavioral
Sciences, Public Affairs, Engineering: Brett, Main, Tracer, Koester, Teske.