Integrated Nature & Technology Research Group

The Integrated Nature and Technology Research Group brings together the work, experience, knowledge and interests of the landscape and built environment groups around the theme of combining nature-based solutions with existing and new technologies in order to provide practical solutions to socio-environmental problems within the greater framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The effects of climate change and the expansion of hard materials in our cities exacerbates the urban heat island effect, which has a direct impact on human health and increases mortality. While technology can play a part in reducing impacts by making individual buildings and cities smarter, a broad range of benefits can also be generated through plants and the soils they are planted in – on the ground, on roofs, and as living walls. Planning and reacting to change is now being investigated through digital twinning of physical and  virtual environments. Research is being conducted in all these areas.