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Research Examples

Some 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 of the research conducted during the IGERT Program on the UC Denver Campus from 2007 to 2014.

Emerging Infrastructures and Technologies

Developing 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

Linking 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

Multi-dimensional 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 Assessment

Identifying 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. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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