26 SEP 2019 (THU) 15:00-16:00

Green Infrastructure (GI) - new ideas or more of the same? Rethinking green space in urban environments

Map Library, Rm10.10, 10/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU

Dr Ian Mell

About the Speaker:

Ian Mell is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental & Landscape Planning, Department of Planning & Environmental Management, University of Manchester. He joined the University of Manchester in 2017 from the University of Liverpool where he spent over four years working in the Department of Geography & Planning. Ian's career has included a variety of academic (BSc Northumbria, MSc Sussex, PhD Newcastle), practitioner and contract consultancy roles in the UK, Europe and more recently in India and China. These have enabled him to bring together Local Government and practical policy-making/delivery experiences into the teaching and research environment through a practical understanding of how policy is formed, how decision-making occurs, and how implementation is delivered. Aligning an understanding of these approaches to planning underpins Ian's work on urban greening, Green Infrastructure planning and landscape policy evaluations.


As cities continue to expand the role of the environment in supporting socio-economic and ecological functions can become increasingly stressed. Changes in urban form, loss of biodiversity and the conrcretization of urban waterways have all reconfigured the natural environment in many places for the worst. However, for over a century planners, landscape professionals and engineers have wrestled with notions of